Ah, roommates... They can be wonderful. They can be completely irritating. But one thing's for sure: college rooommates are a learning experience. These tips will help parents help - or at least murmur sympathetically - as their college kid chooses a roommate, negotiates room rules and copes with common problems.
The college acceptances have finally arrived and your child has decided where he'll be spending the next four years. The top priority now should be finding him campus housing - and filling out those roommate forms. Him, not you.
It’s tempting to room with a best friend from high school. There’s no anxious waiting period to discover who the roommate is, no awkward first meeting or weirdness of living with a stranger. But college students say it’s a lousy idea. <a href="http://youngadults.about.com/od/collegelife/a/roommates.htm">Here's why</a>.
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Your kid thinks he has it bad? Here are 28 readers' stories about their worst roommate experiences - and some of them are just hilarious. Commiserate, laugh, then add yours to the list.
One of the most valuable parts of the college and dorm experience is learning to live with other people - and every college parent gets a call at one time or another about roommate squabbles. Here's some advice for dealing with a classic: roommates who use the shared space for doing the deed... while your kid is there.