Living with a Roommate

Two twin-size beds in a hotel room.

Living with a roommate on a short-term study abroad trip can be a thrilling adventure, but it can also come with its own set of challenges.

Here are some tips to help you make the most out of your living situation!

First and foremost, communication is the key to a successful roommate relationship. It’s important to be open and honest with each other about your expectations for cleanliness, noise levels, and shared spaces. Remember to address any issues as they arise instead of letting them build up and cause tension between you two.

Another important thing to keep in mind is to be respectful of each other’s beliefs and customs. Your roommate may come from a different cultural background than you do, so it’s important to be understanding if they do things differently than you would.

Setting boundaries is also essential to ensure that you both have the space and privacy you need. Know that every person is responsible for themselves. Try to establish a “quiet time” or other boundaries that work for both of you.

Living with another person often requires some compromise and flexibility. So, be willing to adjust your routine or habits if necessary to make things work smoothly.

Don’t forget to keep things tidy! Nobody wants to live in a messy space, so make sure you’re doing your part to keep the room clean and organized. And, be considerate of your roommate’s schedule and needs. Both International Business Seminars and the hotels have rules and expectations regarding behaviors including noisemaking. It can vary by location, but ensure you are familiar with the expectations. Unlike living together in your home country in a house or dorm or vacationing together, roommates have a professional obligation to be tidy, quiet, and follow rules such as never inviting any strangers into hotel rooms to ensure the safety of everyone. 

Remember to have fun and enjoy the experience! Living with a roommate on a short term study abroad program can be an exciting opportunity to learn about someone new and their culture. Remember that open communication and respect are the keys to a successful living arrangement.

Following these tips will help you create a comfortable and enjoyable living situation with your roommate. Have a wonderful time on your study abroad program!

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Josie Stockman

As an alumna myself, the kind of immersive learning experience offered by International Business Seminars was incredibly valuable and helped me develop new skills that I apply in my professional pursuits.

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