surviving awful roommates

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how to deal with awful roommates without doing a room change esp if you’re nonconfrontational

realsocialskills said:

It depends on what kind of awful, and what your resources are.

If you can’t change rooms or negotiate with them, probably the best thing you can do is figure out things that you can do without their cooperation.

For instance:

If the problem is that they steal your food or take your stuff, it might be worth getting a lockable container, or putting your stuff somewhere they don’t see it.

If they bother you while you’re trying to study, it might be worth finding another place to study. Other possible places to study:

  • The library (can be good if you like quiet, because quiet is enforced, can also help to focus you since other people are studying)
  • An unoccupied classroom (classrooms can be good for studying and internetting because they are often completely empty, and you don’t have to be as quiet as you do in the library)
  • Outside (Some people find it pleasant to read outside if the weather is good)

If they’re loud, and keep you up at night, it might be worth trying earplugs.

Anyone else want to weigh in? How have you survived bad roommates?