How to handle a loud roommate

Supply chain management junior Spencer Sitto, right, and international student Oscar Gomez pose Monday in their West McDonel Hall dorm room. For the first time, resident mentors like Sitto are being asked to have a roommate to lower the amount of single rooms in the residence halls. Matt Radick/The State News

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We’ve all been there. We were once freshmen living in cramped doubles or triples with roommates we were expected to tolerate for an entire year. Most of the time, this task is manageable  you restrict your mess to your portion of the room, and your roommate does the same. You may even exchange stories occasionally about a particularly tough paper or bond over hurried exchanges about the people you are crushing on. But this person has one fatal flaw that sometimes outweighs all of the other things that make him or her a completely tolerable roommate. HOW IS THIS PERSON SO FREAKING LOUD? So whether your roommate says the insanely loud Ke$ha music “just doesn’t sound the same” with headphones on or stays on the phone with a friend until 2 in the morning laughing about God-knows-what, here are some ways to deal with an insanely loud roommate.

1. Try your own set of headphones

This may work for you. Even if it doesn’t block out the noise, perhaps your considerateness will inspire your roommate to utilize his or her own set of headphones.


2. Ask nicely

It might be hard, especially if you aren’t that close to your roommate, but you have to consider the possibility that your roommate might not even know he or she is being so loud. So just nicely ask the person to quiet down by saying that you have a lot of work the next day and that you need to be well rested.

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3. Introduce an option that would be acceptable to both of you

Even though you accept your roommate can’t get as “turnt up” to his or her party music when listening to it through headphones, maybe you just need to explain that your sanity trumps your roommate’s ability to get “turnt up” at midnight on a Tuesday.


4. Leave the room

If your roommate still seems to forget he or she has headphones, you may have to leave the room to study. We know this doesn’t seem fair, but doing things that aren’t fair is a part of growing up. Or at least that’s what you can tell yourself.


5. Have an RA mediate the situation

If you repeatedly have to leave your room due to noise, it might be time to talk to your RA.  Don’t be a dramatic tattletale about the situation. It just might help if someone else, someone in a position of power, helps you moderate your issues with your roommate.


Really, give these methods a shot. We know it might be tempting to just passive-aggressively slam the door and go talk about your horrible roommate to your friends, but resist the urge. It will be better for everyone in the long term.

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