3. Get to know who’s who on staff
Most halls are going to have a handful of RAs, a couple of community directors and someone in charge of safety. Be sure you know your floor’s RA as they are the one who will help you if there are roommate issues or if you need something fixed in your room.
As for community directors and head of safety get to know their names and faces. At my hall the community directors also ran the front desk so I introduced myself and would always say hello when I passed the desk. Knowing these people will help you feel part of the community so it’s well worth it to get to know them.
4. Communicate with your roommates
I was hesitant to make too many rules for my flat because I was only living there for four months, but it’s super important that regardless of how long you’re studying abroad you sit down with your roommates and set out some standards especially for shared spaces. It doesn’t have to be anything too crazy, it just makes sure everyone is on the same page.
5. Make the space your own
SImilar to my previous point I didn’t really do anything at first to decorate my room, because it didn’t seem worth it for one semester. However, I really wish I had made my room feel more like home.
I would recommend bringing pictures or other little things that might make you feel better when homesickness hits (and it will!). Regardless of how little or much time you spend in your room, it's always nice to come home to a space that feels like your own.