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College Living Situations

Information adapted from The Naked Roommate.

When you go to college, you will experience a lot of new things. And one thing that might make you a little nervous is housing.

If you're freaked out about sharing a dorm room with a stranger, stop and take a deep breath. A lot of colleges will send you contact info for your roommate. Contact them during the summer. Even if you just email back and forth, you'll know a little about each other before moving in together.

Sharing a dorm room can be a fun experience, as long as you and your roommate(s) set some ground rules and agree to talk about any problems.

Don't worry. Our experts have tips about all different aspects of housing—from doing (and avoiding) laundry to Greek life.

student housing

Three things you need to keep in mind
  • Don't expect your roommate to be your best friend.
  • Decide to get along with your roommate.
  • Try to discuss any problems within 48 hours.

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Move-in Day Myth

Information adapted from The 75 Biggest Myths About College Admissions.

Myth: Move-in day is always a nightmare on college campuses.

Reality: While move-in day is almost always hectic and can sometimes be a hassle, a lot of colleges provide resources that can make the experience…well, not fun, but not nearly as painful as it seems.