How to Deal with Bad Neighbors in College

Stuck with bad roommates or neighbors in college? Look no further than our list of tips for dealing with annoying neighbors in a dorm or apartment building.
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Stuck with bad roommates or neighbors in college? Look no further than our list of tips for dealing with annoying neighbors in a dorm or apartment building.
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Living with unpleasant roommates is hard. You live in such close proximity that it's difficult to deal with and potentially confront the issues that grind your gears. Having unpleasant neighbors, however, might be even worse. Unlike your roomies, you don't see your neighbors every day, and you might not even know who they are. Confronting them requires that awkward walk across the hall or even upstairs, to ask them to keep their feet as soft as they can, or to turn down their obnoxiously loud music.

Dealing with unpleasant neighbors definitely isn't easy. You have to be somewhat diplomatic to ensure that you don't make them want to stomp around their floors and cause havoc during your study time for that terrible Biology final in the morning. So how do you go about it the right way? Read on to learn.

So, here are some helpful tactics to ensure a peaceful living space:

  • First off, try to be polite. It takes a lot of strength to not have a fit when you have noisy neighbors. I know that all you want to do when you are awoken at three in the morning is to bang on the wall until your hand hurts, but trust me - the aggressive approach is not helpful. There could be a perfectly good reason why this person is being disruptive, so start by giving them the benefit of the doubt. It's better to catch flies with honey than vinegar, right?
  • Be brave. I know it's daunting, but if there is a real problem, you need to knock on your neighbor's door and talk to them. It's college - people do go out at night and come back late. However, just letting that person know that you can hear them could probably change their actions. It never hurts to try! They probably don't even know that they are being so loud, so communication should be your go-to first strategy.
  • Try to be anonymous. If the problem persists, and talking to the neighbor again doesn't work, you'll have to get someone else involved. Try going to the RA of that room's floor and tell them you are being affected by your neighbor's penchant for 4am cartwheels. You tried to resolve the problem by yourself, and now you have to use the official channels to get things settled. The UN would be proud. And don't worry: RA's are trained to deal with noise complaints. They will probably thank you for coming to them and not taking drastic measures like banging a hole through their floor/your ceiling.
  • Hope all else doesn't fail. If this person just isn't listening to your pleas, it's time to bring in the big guns. Get their RA to come with you to their dorm and let them know that it's the last straw. This, of course, is not the best friend-making situation to be in, but if you've already tried to resolve things the nice way, then you really don't have another choice. Everyone deserves to feel comfortable in their living space, and you are no exception! Don't settle for a bad living situation - stick up for yourself and, with the RA on your side, you will be able to resolve this conflict and resume enjoying your room.

Your thoughts?

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