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4 inexpensive ways to have fun in college with your roommate

Freshman students may seem uninteresting at first; they are shy, don’t know much about college life and play cautious when it comes to interacting with peers. Instead of adding to their anxiety, you could take the initiative yourself, be open, try to know your roomie, and maybe the awkward situation will turn into a beautiful friendship.

Party bus in Santa Barbara CaliforniaFirst thing when getting to know your roommate, inquire about his hobbies and favorite pastimes. Perhaps you’ll discover you have things in common and you’ll be able to have fun together. If you’re both socialites trying to meet new people, think about throwing a party yourselves or joining one off-campus. It’s no secret that these bashes are the best way to experience college life and meet people in relaxed environments.

Plan a photography expedition. No matter where you live, I’m sure there are plenty of charismatic places to admire and go to. Why not make it a memorable day and capture everything on camera. You’ll appreciate it even more over the years when you’ll have the pictures to remind you of those awesome college times.

Playing board games is not just for kids. They can be really entertaining if you’re in the mood for a quiet night in. So pull out that Monopoly from the closet and let the fun begin. Life, Pictionary or Settlers of Catan are also extremely engaging. And they’ve made quite a comeback recently. So you’re safe, still on the cool side.

Start a working-out routine. Besides strengthening bonds, this activity will keep you fit and healthy. You can either work out in your dorm room, there are easy exercises that don’t require a lot of space like push-ups or sit-ups, or you can head out to a local gym, park or swimming pool. Any kind of sport is good. You know what they say: a sound mind in a healthy body.

Or you could have a movie marathon. This is one of the most inexpensive and enjoyable ways to burn a lazy afternoon and evening with your buddies. Or even a whole weekend with the Lord of The Rings Trilogy accompanied by The Hobbit. It doesn’t cost a dime and you can keep the party going with some snacks and nice music.

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Posted by on October 27, 2014 in College life, Lifestyle, Roommates

 

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Do you have what it takes to live with a roommate?

Living with a roommate is not as easy as one might think. While it’s a must-have experience in college as it’s got many perks attached to it – including weekend shindigs and sleepless nights -, sharing personal space with somebody else other than your partner (which at times might turn out difficult as well) might lose some of its appeal after graduation.

Living with a roommateI think every student dreams at some point of having the bathroom all to himself or listening to the same song on repeat without anyone shouting how irritating it is. On the other hand, living on your own requires much more responsibility on your part and not having somebody to talk to can be extremely demoralizing, especially if you’re a sociable, chatty person. So how does one choose right? Well, it actually depends on your personality and lifestyle; don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Here are a few things to consider before deciding one way or the other.

The available budget dictates most of our housing decisions. To keep things comfortable, make sure you don’t spend more than 30 percent of your monthly income on rent. With the rental rates going up and the high demand for urban living, getting a roommate might be a good idea and perhaps your only chance of living in a nice home while keeping household expenses at a decent level. Shelling out a few extra bucks will buy you a lot of privacy though, your choice.

Are you an only child? Then you’ll probably need more time to adjust to living with someone outside your family. Sharing may not come as natural to you as to people who had to deal with siblings their entire lives. Many only children are accustomed to having things done their way, go to bed when they want to, listen to the kind of music that they fancy or simply enjoy the silence when they feel like it. If you want to happily co-exist with a roomie you need to pay attention to what others want and need as well. Being considerate, respectful and polite is sometimes all that it takes to build a harmonious relationship. Maybe even get a friend for life out of it.

As you get ready to move out of your parents’ home, keep in mind one other thing. Home cooked meals may sound all fun and games in theory, but take hours in reality and never taste quite as good as your mom’s. On the plus side though, you’ll be able to keep calories under control and always know how much fat you’re actually ingesting.

One of the golden rules of living with a roommate is keeping your end of the bargain. Do your part when it comes to cleaning and shopping, and make sure you have your share of the rent at hand at the end of the month. Plus, you should remember that among roommates there’s a much appreciated sequence of doing things: it’s cook, eat, wash not cook, eat, watch TV, go out, sleep and then wonder why there aren’t any more clean dishes in the cabinet.

Roommates that have similar life philosophies and share common interests have every chance to succeed in mastering the art of sharing space. That means they understand each other and can relate to each other’s needs. The entire experience gets a lot more pleasant if there’s someone to hang out with after work, help out with the daily chores, feed your pet or water the plants while you’re away.

What do you think? Is it better to go solo or get a roommate?

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Lifestyle, Relationships, Roommates

 

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