Take your vitamins, more people, more germs all in close quarters and people get sick
Wear shower shoes
Make friends with your roommate more than people on your hall, try to meet them before you pick a roommate
Talk to people at the school your going to and get input on what forms are the best and or are in the best location. If your going into Greek life make sure to not pick one super far away
Bring a fan/warmer if you live in a cold/hot place
If your room is small loft the bed and get an area to hang out
Keep your side of the room as clean as your roommate
Be quiet if you leave before your roommate in the morning
This should help you have a great fun experience
Dorm life is an experience! To me, it teaches you to get along with a person or a group of people depending on the room set-up. As we progress through life, there are always going to be people in it. Living in a dorm exposes you to that experience very early on. Living in a dorm gives you the opportunity to experience all different walks of life that you may not have been introduced to. As we all know, we aren't always going to like everyone, but this experience gives you the opportunity to learn how to get along with or interact with people. I lived in a dorm where there was a community bathroom. This was an adjustment as I wasn't used to sharing a bathroom/shower area with any one. Since this was the set-up, I adapted and it wasn't too bad. I also lived in a dorm where the rooms were suites and we shared a bathroom with the room next to us. This allowed me to learn to set boundaries and adjust to other people. Ultimately, it was a great experience as I met quite a few people that have become friends well past graduating.
The one thing that I recommend is: compromise. When you are sharing small quarters with someone the best thing to do is come to agreements on how things should be done. I think for the most part, it becomes an awesome experience for most involved. Essentially, it is what you make of it. While your roommate may not become your best friend, that doesn't mean that you can't have a great experience. You may learn new things from them!
My experience in a dorm was really fun, and I would recommend it, especially as a freshman. As a freshman, everything is new. Living in a dorm can be a way to connect to people easily, as many colleges start with team building activities for your floor, building, or school(depending on the size of the school). Some dorms are singles, but most are with 2-3 other people. This can be challenging to some, like myself, that never had a sibling share a room with them, but it is a learning experience and gives you some people immediately to connect to, and possibly even hang out or study with. I didn't become best friends with my roommate, but we were respectful of each other, and looked out for each other's well-being. I feel living in a dorm really helps to make the college experience more immersive.
That being said, you should definitely think of what's best for you. There are some people, especially in the first couple semesters, that may find the social pressures you find in dorms too much. It's important to find a balance between social life and studying, or grades may suffer. I also think many colleges offer many different living situations, so it's a great idea to check out all the options available to see what's best for you to succeed in school and in your classes.
Hope this helps! Best of luck!
I hope this helps!
I wish you the best future undergrad!
That said it does depend a lot on who your room/dorm mates are and other situation-specific factors. If your roommate has vastly different ideas about hygiene or etiquette that can be a challenge. But life is full of such challenges and learning to cope with them is an essential skill.