The key to a good housing experience has very little to do with which apartment you get, and almost completely to do with your roommates. Even the best roommates can have issues, but the best way to avoid that is clear communication and boundaries. The best way to do that is to start your semester with a roommate meeting. The first week, before Traditions, is a great time to do that, you'll have plenty of free time to do that! This post will walk you through a roommate meeting plan that is sure to start you off on the right foot with your roommates!
Start your roommate meeting on the right foot, by loving one another with roommate gifts! Plan ahead of time, to do roommate gifts, so you can make or buy them ahead of time (have a plan of what to do if you have extra roommates too). Need some ideas?
Establish Rules, Chores, and Boundaries
Use this worksheet to establish rules. Print (you can print for free at your clubhouse) a copy for each roommate, plus one more. Take a few minutes (or you can do this in advance) to each fill out your worksheet individually. Then come together and go through each answer and make an agreement on each issue, filling it out on the extra worksheet as you go. When you're finished, everyone should sign it and you should hang it on the fridge or the cork board so everyone can reference it and remember what they agreed to. If you don't have them already, this is also a good time to get everyone's phone numbers.
The last section in the worksheet starts you in the process of making a chore chart. Now it's time to get creative. it can be as simple as two paper plates or a piece of paper, or get really cute like these ones.
Do Something Fun
Just like you started with something fun, end with something fun! Starting and ending with fun things will help you and your roommates not to have a negative experience of making these rules, setting expectations, and establishing communication. Here are some fun ideas.
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