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Dorm Room Etiquette

Alex Parker

There are a good number of students who come into college that are not virgins. I’m not judging, I was not a virgin my freshman year. Most of us go from living with our parents where we have our own room and at least the impression of privacy, to college where dormers share a room with another student. So, what do you do when you find yourself living in a very small room with another person? What are the dorm room rules?

I’ve heard some disturbing stories of people with very inconsiderate roommates when it comes to the intimacy department. It’s a very awkward situation; You wake up in the middle of the night to your roommate getting down and dirty with someone less than five feet away from you. It would be even more uncomfortable if you were to say something right then and there. So what are you supposed to do? Just sit there in silence and pray to God or whoever it is that you pray to that it’s going to be over soon? Not cool.

Beyond that, what would possess someone to even do that in the first place? Who wants their business all out in the open like that? Certainly not me, that’s for sure. It’s actually pretty disgusting. We all have needs, I get that. However, there’s a time and place for things and while your roommate is “asleep” in a bed that’s an arms reach away from you is not it.

Figure out your roommates schedule, and plan your extra curricular activities (or booty calls) accordingly. Or even tell you room¬mate, “Hey listen, I’m going to need the room to myself for a little bit tonight. Is that ok?” It’s just common courtesy.

It’s an uncomfortable subject to bring up, especially if you don’t know your roommate that well. If you find yourself in a situation like this, what do you say? “Hey, do me a favor and stop having sex with me in the room?” Awkward….

Bottom line is having some respect. One, you shouldn’t want to have sex with a third party listening or watching the whole thing. Two, figure out an arrangement with your roommate if you have to.

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