So after two years of living in a dorm, I believe I know a thing or two about it. Especially when you have to share a room with someone.
You won’t always get a roommate that’s great, but there’s always a chance that you’ll be able to get along with them. So talk with them and get to know them a little. It gets dull on the days when you have to spend the whole day in your dorm room.
If it isn’t like an apartment type of dorm and there’s like 10 of you sharing the bathroom and kitchen, don’t expect it all to be in tip top shape, so always be sceptical on especially where you put your food down.
But if your lucky and everyone’s decent enough to clean up after themselves, do so yourself.
If something’s broken, they’re supposed to fix it so let them know.
If you can, always lock your kitchen cabinet and make sure to separate your stuff in the fridge because someone will probably take some of your food. Especially milk.
Just don’t be loud after 10 pm (or whatever time is specified in your dorm rules) because otherwise all your ‘neighbours’ will hate you.
Open your window regularly. If it’s winter, it’s enough to open it while you’re out.
If you’re sharing a room and are the one that stays up longer, try and pack your stuff before your roommate goes to bed to not disturb them too much. They’ll be considerate towards you as well.
Make your bed every morning. It just makes everything feel like a whole.
Don’t have ten alarms, just have one. Even if you don’t have a roommate, dorm walls are often thin and everyone will hear your alarm.
Don’t leave your shampoos in the shower, and if you have to bring your own, don’t leave your toilet paper in the toilet, because everyone will use it.
If you share a kitchen with more than five people, take into consideration how long it takes to prepare your food.
If you have a kitchen, try to cook as much as you can because it’ll be cheaper and healthier.
If you’re literally only half an hour drive from your home to your college, consider not being in a dorm because you can save up money then.
Even if you don’t make friends in your dorm, specifically the floor you’re on, it’s no big deal if you ask me since friends in college are more important, but always say hi, especially if they greet you first.
If you’re having trouble with your roommate, go to administration and explain and you just might get to move, and even if you don’t, there’s a 90% chance your roommate won’t know you complained about them.
If you can, don’t use the wifi in the dorm for your laptop, but use LAN because wifi can be slow when there’s too many people and the provider isn’t the best.
If you travel every weekend (or almost every) this isn’t a problem for you, but otherwise always make sure you have the necessities that you need every day, like: chargers, documents and college materials.
Don’t spend the whole day in your dorm even if you have to study the whole day or you’re sick. Go out and get some fresh air, and if you’re sick, go and get some soup.
If you call your parents, I suggest calling while you’re walking from college to your dorm (if you’re walking alone) to ensure that for a while your roommate doesn’t have to listen to you.
This doesn’t apply just to dorms, but in general. Keep your receipts.
Seriously, try and keep your dorm room clean because it’s just better.
Headphones are a must if you have a roommate.
Try and keep your toiletries organised and in toiletrie bags so you don’t have your hands full whole carrying them to the bathroom (unless you can keep them there at all times).
When going out, have your dorm ID if you have one.
Make sure you have enough food for the day and preferably also for the next morning.
Slippers… Like even if you don’t wear them at home, wear them in your dorm because you should keep your feet or socks clean.
Make sure you have enough clothes that you only have to do laundry once a week.
Maybe get a little plant, it just means more fresh air in your room.
Have at least one small pillow, it’s just comforting.
Make sure you have the most important meds for if you get sick. It’ll be a hassle to go buy them, especially if you don’t know where the pharmacy is.
Have wet wipes at hand. They’re useful for many things.
Also have several water bottles filled, especially if your kitchen isn’t close by and you don’t feel like doing the trip.