How Can Parents Help?

Roommate conflicts are stressful all around—for your student, for you as a parent, and for the university staff that are involved in helping your student work through problems with their roommate. Living with a new person may be challenging for your student, but it provides an opportunity for learning communication and a balance of flexibility and assertiveness, skills that students can use their whole lives. You want your student to be happy, and it may be a challenge not to simply solve the problem for them. Consider these tips if your student calls home with a roommate issue.