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How to be a Good Housemate

How to be a Good Housemate: We are always looking for good housemates but have you ever stopped to ask yourself if you’re one? Often times, as human nature would have it, we hold others to high, sometimes unattainable standards. Before seeking out the world’s coolest and most compatible roommate- become one. Here’s how to be a good roommate.

Be considerate of shared space.

There is no crime in being a naturally messy person. But keep the controlled chaos in your room, where no one can tell you what’s what. In shared space like the kitchen, living room, bathroom, pretty much everywhere outside your bedroom, you have to think of others and maintain cleanliness.

Being considerate of shared space includes the amount of it you consume. If you love decorating the living area with vintage lamps, be sure to ask your roommates if they wanted to add their own flair for creativity. This goes for dishes and other furniture you may bring into the shared space.

Be on time.

Be on time for rent, utilities, and house meetings. Roommates usually have busy and varying schedules, so do your part in being prompt.

Help when you can.

Spot a granola bar or two, a ride to campus, or just some life advice, help your roommates when you can. The favour will likely be returned to you.

Have contact information.

This includes general cell phone number and email along with emergency contacts. It’s important to know who to contact in case of an emergency someone locally is ideal.

Be open.

The best thing to do, even if you fail at all the rest, is to be an openminded roommate. Don’t suffocate others in their own home, embrace different personalities and lifestyles. If you don’t already consider yourself open-minded, being a good roommate is a great first step in the right direction.

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