Living with a roommate can be an excellent experience in learning more about yourself and about how to communicate and relate effectively to others. Knowing how to assert yourself and how to empathize with others are valuable skills in all relationships - family, social, school, and work.
Whether you were friends before or just met for the first time when you became roommates, living together successfully calls for sincere efforts toward compromise and cooperation. Don't expect that your roommate will be your best friend- it's nice when it happens, but it's not the norm.
Developing a positive relationship is a process; it does not happen overnight and takes effort.
To help your roommate relationships work long term, try to understand the struggles your roommate may be experiencing. Your roommate's perspective may be very different from your own. Respect one another.
You will find, as the year progresses, that your values and those of your roommate will be challenged or change. This can be one of the most difficult parts of a roommate relationship. When the going gets rough, you and your roommate are not alone. Ask your resident assistant/community assistant or your residence hall coordinator to help you arrive at solutions.