Living with someone is, generally speaking, a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it’s really nice to have one or two people to help split the cost of rent. On the other hand, there are times when all you want is to have the place to yourself…only to discover that your roommates have thrown an impromptu party. Are you able to relate to this dynamic?
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At the end of the day, you’re paying good money to live somewhere, and that means something. Here at Kent’s Best Apartments, we think that you deserve to get the most out of your living situation while you’re attending Kent State University.
Something as trivial as a roommate tiff shouldn’t hold you back from having a productive and enjoyable experience living in this fine college town, and that’s why we’re going to break down a few effective ways to navigate roommate disputes in today’s blog post.
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Settling Roommate Disputes
Be Honest and Don’t Bottle It In
Expressing how you feel isn’t always easy, especially if telling the truth might hurt the recipient. However, being honest and direct is almost always a good idea, as it will save you a lot of trouble down the road. Bottling in your emotions (and letting them get worse) is only going to fester into a nasty, passive-aggressive relationship.
Does the consistent pile of dishes “soaking” in the sink bother you? Tell your roommate(s) about it. Sick of being the only one to take out the trash? Let them know. Remember, you can be honest about how you feel while also being respectful.
Keep A Level Head
An angry shouting match isn’t going to help anyone settle a dispute at our apartments in Kent. Seriously, it’s in your guys’ collective best interest to keep things civil and rational. Yelling at each other won’t just make your neighbors uncomfortable, but it will plant the seed for animosity toward one another that will likely strain the entirety of your relationship as roommates.
Take It Outside
Since your roommate issues are, of course, occurring within your Kent apartment, you may want to think about stepping away from your physical environment and having a productive conversation elsewhere. Why? Resolving your conflicts in the very place that spawned them may make it very difficult to find a legitimate resolution.
Whether you take a long walk around our apartment communities, go get coffee or lunch, or even ride your bikes somewhere, you may find that a new physical environment offers a fresh perspective to your problems.
Text messaging, Snapchat groups, and other forms of instant digital communication have done wonders to make sending messages easier and more convenient than ever before. However, these messaging tools have also made it easier to falsely interpret someone’s message.
When you’re busy working on campus, and you’re working out a tiff with your roomies via group text, it’s easy to glance over what someone said or assume that they meant something when, in reality, they meant something else entirely.
Saving the conversation for an in-person discussion means that there’s little to no potential for miscommunication. If possible, say something along the lines of, “Hey guys, can we just meet up for dinner and discuss this tonight? I have a lot on my plate today and I want to make sure that I dedicate all of my time and energy to everything that I need to do.”
Be Mature and Treat Each Other Like Adults
This one should go without saying, especially since you’re a college student who’s quickly transitioning into becoming a “real” adult. In truth, there is simply no place for immature name-calling or gossiping after high school, and doing so won’t help you achieve amicable respect for your roommate(s).
Be kind, be fair, and be willing to work out a compromise or a resolution. Remember, settling your living situation issues isn’t necessarily about “winning” more than it is about living harmoniously.
Realize That It’s Simply Bound To Happen
When it comes to empathizing with your roomie and working to settle any conflict, it’s important to understand the very nature of your situation. Think about it: you’re in a relatively small, shared space with two or more people where your only true privacy consists of your bedroom. Using your bedroom as a “safe space” means that you’re temporarily cutting off communication with the people you live with, which means that you’re not communicating.
In short, it’s only natural to bicker and quarrel when you’re stressed about school and coming home to a shared living space. This rational perspective may help you and your roomie(s) see eye to eye when there’s some conflict afoot.
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Though we’re not here to meddle in your business as roommates, Kent’s Best Apartments is dedicated to the academic success of our student apartment community. Academic success partially relies on a healthy living situation, and we want our readers to know that we provide everything in our power to make your college years the best years of your life!
To find out more about how we can help you live your best life here in Kent, please feel free to contact Kent’s Best Apartments.