Dorm life can be a tricky adjustment, but rest assured, it will be an awesome experience! To ensure it’s even more awesome, check out 8 dorm rules to live by for all freshman.

1. Hang out in the common areas

At the very least keep your dorm room open. But it’s a good idea, especially in the early months of the year, to hang out in the common areas. If you’re a bit shy, this is a guaranteed and easy way to meet new people.

2. Make friends outside of your dorm

Don’t confine your entire social life to your dorm. Join clubs, talk to the person sitting next to you in class, or join an intramural sports team.

3. Set boundaries with your roommate

I’m sure it’ll be exciting at first to have a new roommate, but it’s important to set boundaries early on to avoid any awkward situations. Have a few rules, for example, giving each other advance notice before you invite friends over, or creating a chore chart to ensure the room stays clean.

4. Do laundry at least once per month

This is a given, but I know it takes some time to adjust to your mother not doing it for you. Laundry really isn’t so bad. In addition to your clothes, be sure to wash your bedding at least once per month as well.

5. Learn how to cook in a dorm

This can be tricky but there are ways. Believe it or not, you can do a lot with a toaster oven and/or a microwave. Check out 9 Meals To Make In Your Dorm This Week and 10 College Hacks To Survive Your Freshman Year for a little inspiration.

6. Avoid dating people in your dorm

I know you’ve heard this a million times, but it’s true. Things will get awkward - and fast.

7. Make friends with your RA

Your RA should already be a super approachable and friendly person so this one isn’t so hard. Get to know your RA. You never know when you might need someone to talk to.

8. Don’t feel pressure to party when you don’t want to

There are going to be a lot of parties happening in dorms. For whatever reason, if you have a big essay due the next day or you’re just not into the party scene, never feel pressured to go out if you don’t want to. Besides, there are a few advantages to not partying...check them out: College Life As Told By A Non-Partier

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