Well, the halfway point of the semester usually means that the honeymoon period for new roommates is dwindling away. Let’s face it, after living with someone for 8+ weeks, you have probably seen some of their worst habits come to life and chances are these habits get under your skin – don’t worry though, this is normal. However, more times than not, it is the people we meet in our residence community who become our closest friends throughout university and even beyond. In fourth year I still live with a group of guys that were roommates or floor mates of mine in first year and we all maintain relationships with a number of the other students from that first year res floor. Learning to live with people and their flaws or bad habits is all part of growing up and definitely isn’t something that should deter us from acting appropriately or respecting our roommates and neighbours.

Here in the residence community at Carleton, we have built a conduct program that is central to students caring about their neighbours. By creating a community that is enjoyable to live in we can all enjoy a community that promotes the building of friendships, something that everyone wants. When individuals act out it jeopardizes the community that they live within and can cause significant harm, so it is important to think of the impact our actions will have not only on ourselves but on the community as a whole.

Now we know that everyone has a bad habit or two, but here are three neighbour and roommate stereotypes that everyone begs you to avoid;

  • The noisy neighbour or roommate tends to annoy everyone. Keep the volume down, whether it be TV, music, video games, conversations or other…

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  • The roommate who neglects laundry is one of the worst types of roommates known to students in residence. In most cases you share a confined living space with another person – they don’t want to smell your dirty clothes for weeks.

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  • The roommate or neighbour who says “no” to bathing. We get it, school can get stressful and your plate will be full most of the time but please, for everyone’s sake, don’t become the one who takes the option on bathing and proper hygiene.

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Avoid these stereotypes, respect those who live in your community and we promise that both you and your community will be better off.