Adjusting to a new roommate has it’s challenges. If you feel you’re unhappy with your current roommate situation, don’t worry – you’re not stuck! Keep reading to see what we suggest doing.
Before the Swap
Swapping roommates can be a bit of a hassle. There might be hard feelings with your ex-roommate, all of your belongings will need to be moved, and you’ll have to get used to a new roommate and neighbors. Before jumping into that kind of situation, see if your problem can be solved in others ways first.
1. Speak to your roommate.
It’s awkward having a face-to-face chat with your roommate when you guys haven’t been seeing eye-to-eye, but it might just be the solution you need. Find a time to sit down together and discuss ways you can solve the problem. Most of the time, roommate problems simply stem from a lack of communication.
2. Talk to your RA.
Your dorm’s Resident Assistant is there to help with any sort of housing problem – including roommate troubles! If speaking directly to your roommate doesn’t work, reach out to your RA for help. They can act as a mediator and try to get to the root of the problem. If this doesn’t help, you may need to reach out to the Residence Director, who will help you weigh options like a more formal mediation.
3. Keep an open mind.
Sometimes we’re quick to jump to a decision when we’re just heated in the moment. Keep in mind that feelings change and some conflicts can resolve themselves over time. Remember that you and your roommate don’t have to be best friends to get along as well! If you really feel that you won’t be able to find peace in your current living situation, that’s when you should take action.
How to Swap
The process for swapping a roommate varies by school. Some schools have a set roommate swap period where you’re free to switch rooms with another willing student, while other schools require steps like mediation and a formal petition. The best way to understand your school’s policy is by contacting the Resident Life department at your school.
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