It is not chill to never refill the water pitcher
You just messed around and got a triple double at your weekly intramural hoops game. You get home ready to rehydrate and revel in your greatness when you open the fridge… and the Brita pitcher is empty. Today is no longer a good day. Fill up the water pitcher or YOU CAN FIND ANOTHER ROOMMATE. (JK, but just don’t use it if you’re gonna abuse it.)
Don’t always have friends over, either
You might love your pals, but that doesn’t mean your roommate likes to listen to Joe’s endless fantasy football strategy discussions or Sasha’s super sarcastic sense of humor. Switch it up to give your roomie some much-needed peace and quiet and hang out in your friends’ rooms every now and then.
Can you not… leave your stuff all over the room
If you haven’t gotten the memo by now, this is a SHARED SPACE. And it’s the size of a shoebox. When you leave your books and fast food wrappers and dirty clothes all over the place, it feels even smaller. Take a note from the slob handbook and just stuff it all in your closet, that way you’ll have some decent floor space to work with -- until you open the door and everything spills out like an avalanche, at least.
...Or keep unsavory-smelling leftovers laying out
There’s a reason kitchens aren’t built into dorm rooms. There’s no need to heat up meatloaf in the microwave and then throw it out in the trash can that’s meant for paper and cotton swabs. If it smells like feet in here…it’s not feet, it’s stinky meat.
It’s not cool to dominate the TV
Nothing’s wrong with unwinding in front of some Netflix, but don’t forget you agreed to share the TV. And if you’re not gonna wait for your roommate to watch the new season of House of Cards, at least give them time to catch up when they’re not in class or studying their butt off at the library.
Don’t constantly fall asleep with the TV on, either
If someone’s favorite show isn’t The Nanny, do you have any idea how annoying that theme song is? Hint: VERY.