How To Deal With A Difficult Roommate
Most students living in apartments near York University share spaces with one or more roommates. Sharing is an advantage to many since it cuts the cost of living compared to living alone. You will be lucky if you find a roommate with whom you get along, is clean and does their fair share in keeping the apartment in good condition. Roommates with less desirable traits can be hard to live with. Below are some tips to help you deal with the different difficult characters you encounter along the way.
The party addict
It is hard to live with a roommate who is always at a party, getting drunk and messing up an apartment. If you encounter such a roommate, talk to them about how the behavior is affecting you. If they don’t change after several conversations, consider talking to the landlord about it.
The rigid roommate
Everyone has a right to their own opinion, but there are those people who are so consumed by their own opinions that they don’t care what others think. The best way to deal with such a character is to respect them and urge them to respect your own opinions too. If you find that you are disagreeing on something with the rigid roommate, switch to a different topic. Set your boundaries with him or her but occasionally initiate a few friendly chats with them.
The night owl
You can live well with a night owl by complimenting their ability to stay up when everyone is down and then requesting them to keep it down beginning the specific time of the night when you go to sleep.
The drama queen/king
There are some characters that are ever looking for an opportunity to start drama. If you want a comfortable stay at York University housing, avoid being part of the drama or apologizing to end it. Examine the situation to see whether you are doing anything to provoke the drama.
Some people find it awesome to have an antisocial roommate while others find it very weird. You should let the roommate be but once in a while start a conversation with them or invite them to do some activity with you. Try to learn their likes and dislikes so you can have some basis for socialization.
Having a talkative roommate in York housing could be a good thing since such characters take a lot of interest in the lives of others and are really nice and entertaining. It could otherwise turn into a nightmare when the roommate won’t give you space when you have something to do. If you need time alone, let your roommate know. Do it in a way that will not hurt their feelings. Such characters are usually very sensitive so choose your words well.
There are those roommates in student housing York University who will never clean up after themselves. With such a roommate, act as a role model by keeping your space clean. Also set a few rules to keep the apartment clean. You have to be patient with the dirtbag as most of them require constant reminders to keep the room clean.