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.
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Five tips for the first meeting. Plus, a list of what parents should - and should not - do.
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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. Here's why.
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Welcome to the silver lining department, roommate division. Yes, there are some very good things to be said for bad roommates, and telling great stories later on is just one of them. At the very least, these five things
will make all of you feel better!
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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.
The call comes late at night, jangling you awake, perhaps, and making you frantic too. But this time, it's not your child who's sick, it's his girlfriend, her boyfriend or a roommate that's sick. Your child doesn't know what to do. And now you're worried about your child's health too. Here's what to do.
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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.
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Advice for dealing with yet another classic roommate problem: The roommate who won't lock the door - ever.
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First, it was charming. Perhaps. But when your child's closet, desk or laptop become common property, what do you do then?