For a lot of college students, student housing is a whole lot of fun, but for others, it can present some specific challenges that can be really frustrating at times. Most college officials and others would admit that student housing systems are generally imperfect, and that it might take some creativity to make it through a bad dorm life situation. Here are some of the ways that students deal with problematic student housing situations without losing their cool, or worse, opting out of a program or semester.
Matching Student Situations
One of the major ways that housing directors, students, and other involved parties have tried to deal with student housing situations is to make sure that roommates and house sharers generally have the same interests in mind. Putting random students together can create difficult situations when some of them want to sow their wild oats as part of a hyped up “college experience” idea, and others want to hold down jobs while taking classes. On the most basic level, if students can talk to one another about levels of responsibility and motivation before moving in, some of these bigger issues can be avoided entirely.
Checking Quiet Hours and Other Policies
Dorms and student housing units that are under the control of the university or college will provide quiet hours and noise policies in order to protect the interests of motivated and disciplined students. These policies may not be enforced as much as some students would like, but they are a guideline that everyone can use to come to an understanding about noise. It doesn’t help that the walls in many dorms seem paper thin, and there’s no guarantee that quiet hours will provide complete peace and solitude, but it’s a step in the right direction to know the policies in case problems arise.
Create a Temporary Bunking Situation
In some of the worst cases of noise related student housing issues, sleepless residents simply have to get out of their own rooms in order to preserve their sanity. For some, this means bunking with a friend or even laying out a cot in a hallway or other public space. This kind of temporary solution only goes so far, but it can help defuse a short-term problem.
Utilize College Administration
Some student housing problems get worse simply because no one alerts student housing authorities. Colleges and universities have a whole cabinet of people who are hired to fix problematic situations such as dorm life issues. The problem is that unless someone notifies the right people, they won’t step in on their own. Some of the administrative job roles at a university aren’t meant to be proactive, but they will help if called upon by students.
These are just some of the basic things that a student can do if he or she feels trapped in a student housing nightmare. It also helps to be a little flexible and understand that dorm life is almost always chaotic, simply because it challenges some of the general standards on collective living that are the norms in our society. An open mind and a creative approach can solve the majority of frustrating dormancy to housing situations.