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Roommate relationships can be some of the trickiest relationships to navigate in life. They can be temporary and casual, or they can lead into a lifelong friendship. Whatever the outcome, in order for them to function smoothly, these relationships require thought and care.

Key Points:

  • In order to avoid disappointment, don’t have an expectation that you’ll be best friends.
  • Communication is key. Learn about each other so you can avoid unnecessary conflict.
  • Establish clear boundaries that allow space for social and alone time.
  • Create a shared calendar to schedule use of the common areas.

Quote This:

I have the best roommates in the world! It creates a fun sense of family… and that’s really important to me. Things can get so lonely without it. -Kristen Bell

See Also: College, Relationships, Young Adults

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Have you had roommates before? What have been the best and worst parts of those relationships?
  3. Do you know your own love languages? What can you learn from not only knowing your own love languages but the love languages of those you interact with daily?
  4. Do you have a place where you can go to “recharge” or relax away from everyone? Is it in your house or do you have to leave to go do it?
  5. What type of boundaries help you the most? Do you need physical space away from people, or maybe just some quiet, or something completely different?
  6. How can you be intentional with your roommate(s)? What can you do to plan for a smooth and functional living situation?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.