Living in Hostel or PG is a different new world if you are someone who has lived all their teenage years at Home Sweet Home. Most people move to Hostels/PGs for educational purposes and for Job’s sake. In those times of hanging hopes for good results in education, a good hostel and roommates become blessings. On the other hand, for a working professional, a good Hostel environment keeps the stress under control. However, the opposite i.e. unpleasant Hostel atmosphere will make your days a living nightmare requiring constant doses of homesickness leaves!

There are certain rules to follow, many of them related to the sense of community that is so strong in standard it’s important to remember your fellow guests.

Here are some tried and tested testimonies to keep in mind while living in a Hostel/PG:

1) Never leave the left-out food in the trash can inside the room

Hostel/PGs in India are mostly small rooms with little ventilation. In such a crunched space, things can get very smelly if not disposed of properly.

Your 2 AM munching on a pizza and leaving some of it in the open air can turn into a stinky smelling monster meal by the morning.

Learn to clean your food before your roommates kick you out!

2)  Stop Using your Roommate’s Stuff

Your roommate is not included in the rent you pay.  If you have a habit of using other people’s stuff like a coffee mug, toothpaste, cupboard space, bed space, etc, you should stop it right away. It’s not cool. It’s a different case if you and your roommates have developed such mutual understanding. Otherwise, things may blow like a pressure cooker on one radiant day!

Learn to respect your roommates’ personal space!

3) Keep your Shared Toilet Clean!

Leaving evidence of your nature call and keeping the toilets wet is a big No-No. Avoid it at any cost.

Learn to keep your private space clean!

4) Leave Your Belongings Lying Around

If you want to be a good guest in a hostel, it’s important to not only keep track of your own belongings but to also make sure that you don’t leave them lying in other people’s space. Having your bags and spilling belongings on the ground could create a hazard, especially for people walking in the dark.

While it can be hard to fit all your luggage neatly under your bed or in your locker, leaving them lying around just means other people have less space, both to move and to store their own belongings.

5) Roommates are family

It may be awkward at the beginning, after eating, sleeping and living in a tiny room for some time, without your notice you will get attached to your roommate(s). So, treat them nicely as you would do it for your own family member.

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