Living in a hall of residence can be a great time. However, it can easily turn into a nightmare if you’re not careful. Follow our tips on what not to do when living in a dorm, and we can guarantee living in rez will be smooth sailing.

1. Do not keep your door permanently closed

Everyone needs some alone time every now and then, but as a general rule it’s a good idea to leave your door open as much as possible. People will be much more likely to knock on your door and strike up a conversation if your room seems welcoming and inviting.

2. Never hook up with someone else in your residence (or at least on your floor)

This is an obvious one. Things are going to get awkward - and fast - if you make the mistake of hooking up with someone in your residence. You know why? Because you’re going to have to see them on a near-daily basis until the end of the school year. Who really has the time to devote energy to actively avoiding someone?

3. Do not eat every meal at the cafeteria

Yes, you have a meal plan so it makes sense to eat at the cafeteria on a regular basis. However, if you eat all of your meals at the cafeteria, you won’t get to experience the amazing food your city has to offer. At least twice per month, do some research on restaurants or explore a new part of the city and see what there is to offer. There are plenty of cheap and delicious places to eat that will help you break your chicken nugget & cereal habit.

4. Never confine your social life to your residence

Students living in residence tend to only make friends within their residence and only go to events hosted by their residence. This is no way to live! Sure, it’s important to get involved and make friends, but it’s also important to have a life outside of your residence - for your own sanity. Try joining a club or campus, or setting up a weekly study session with friends from class. This will allow you to widen your friend network, and learn more about university life!

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