Roommate Avoidance Tactics: When You Just Need to Be Alone


People around all the time. What’s an introvert to do?

Even if you’re lucky enough to have a cool roommate, sometimes you just want to be alone, so a few roommate avoidance tactics can be handy tools to have.

One roommate avoidance tactic:  Hide. Try the study lounge, kitchen, lobby — maybe even a friend’s room. Sometimes a roommate can pretend to be asleep.

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You may discover that the library is a wonderful place to find quiet and solitude.

Alternatively, you can be alone in a crowd — take your laptop to a crowded coffee shop, for example, or ditch the electronics and bury your head in a book.

Of course, if you want to really get crazy, you could ask your roommate if you could have a little time by yourself. You can use some of the helpful College Roommate tips for getting along.

For some college freshmen, this is the first time sharing a room with another person. It can be a big adjustment! Best college roommate advice: Be up-front and honest — in a caring way — with the person you are living with, and be willing to compromise.

Learning to share a small space is one of many adjustments a  new college student will have to make. It’s a good idea to spend some time thinking about this, along with making lists of things to buy for the dorm.

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