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Whether you are a freshman or an upperclassman in one of NYU’s residence hall, you know how tedious it can be to fill out the roommate agreement every semester. As the roommate agreement’s due date approaches (February 28th, for those who’ve forgotten!), RA, Rosa Swarby will give you the ultimate tips on how to resolve five common problems between roommates before submitting the documents to your Hall’s resource center.

  1. The Dirty One
    1. If your roommate’s definition of cleanness is nonexistent, Swarby recommends setting cleaning schedules for the spaces that will be cleaned in a group manner and make in it a routine. Also, specifying the level of cleanness because for some may mean passing a wet towel over the bathroom sink while you are brushing excessively with Clorox on it.
  2. The Noisy One
    1. “Headphones are key” says the RA. If it bothers you when your roommate is watching Grey’s Anatomy at 2 a.m. with full blast volume, just ask them to use their headphones. If they don’t have any be sure to tell them to stop by the NYU Bookstore where they have plenty.
  3. The One that Never Leaves
    1. This is a tough one, because both are entitled to be in the room. But, have a conversation about having time for yourselves in the room. Also, encourage your roommate (in a polite way) to join school activities or hang out. Maybe your roommate is shy and doesn’t have any friends, advices the RA.
  4. The Way Too Lovey Dovey One
    1. “Boundaries” says Swarby. Start the conversation with your roommate on How comfortable are both of bringing their significant other? When is it ok to have them stay? and if they have someone staying to tell you first hand.
  5. The One That Eats That Last Piece You’ve Been Craving All Day
    1. Label your food with sticky notes and stablish limits on what are you willing to share and what not, recommends Swarby.

Communication in every scenario is key and if your roommate is not respectful of your life style you can head over the RA’s. “We are here to bring support when students most need it and even be third parties on unresolved matters” says Swarby. Remember don’t expect people to change lifestyles, but be open to compromise.