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Difficult dorm room neighbor’s means different things to different people. You may find that your dorm room neighbor is difficult because he doesn’t communicate or socialize; you may find that your dorm room neighbors is difficult because all he wants to do is socialize and chat; you may find him difficult because he is constantly having people over and making loud noises; or you may find him difficult because he doesn’t like even the slightest sound in his presence. Whatever the case, you need to find a compromise so that both you and your dorm room neighbor can co-exist together, at least for the next eight months.

Talking to a Difficult Dorm Room Neighbor

There are several things you can do when faced with difficult dorm room neighbors. The first thing to do is to talk about your problems. There is a pretty good chance that if you find your dorm room neighbor annoying or difficult, then he probably thinks the same thing about you.

Discuss any concerns you have with one another in a mature and respectful way. If he has dog that makes messes, suggest that he take it to a dog friendly park each day. You may think that his habit of shutting all the lights off at 8:00 pm every night is annoying but he may enjoy getting a good night’s sleep. He probably finds your habit of reading or playing on the computer until 2:00 am every night just as annoying. Coming to an agreement and compromising through communication is the first step to dealing with a difficult dorm room neighbor.

Dealing with a Problematic Dorm Room Neighbor

If you have tried communicating with your dorm room neighbor and you still don’t get along, then you can ask for a transfer. Speak to your resident advisor about the problem. If there are other people in your dorm that also find his behavior problematic, then the RA may talk to him on your behalf. If his behavior is against the law or against the rules of the dorm, then he may be asked to leave the dormitory. This includes things like smoking inside the room, having people stay the night often and playing loud music past curfew.

If your dorm room neighbor is not breaking the rules but you cannot stand to be in the same area as him for eight long months, then there is also the possibility that you can leave. In between terms there is a chance that another dorm room will open up and you can move in there; however, keep in mind that you will probably need to switch dormitories completely and that may mean leaving any friends you have made. You will also need to pack and unpack your belongings and settle into a new environment with a potentially even more difficult dorm room neighbor or roommate. However, if you are having trouble studying or are feeling angry or down all the time because of the situation, then this is a very viable option to consider.

Another thing to remember is that you are only in your dorm for eight months (or two terms). After that you will most likely find different accommodation either on campus in another dorm or off campus in a rental unit or house. While living with difficult dorm room neighbors for eight months can be frustrating, it is also good practice for real life. You will most likely meet several people along your road of life that you don’t like but must get along with, including neighbors and co-workers. You can’t choose your neighbors but you can choose how you act in the situation.

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