Editor’s Note: This is part five of College Transitions, a twice-weekly series of video posts brought to you by Lisa Ferguson and TYTUniversity.

Living in a dorm is WAY different from living with your parents. You’ll have more freedom and more friends, but that also leaves plenty of room for drama. Here’s how to kick college off right and make sure you have the time of your life.

Meet Your Roommate Right Away

You don’t need to wait until the first day of college to meet your roommate. Avoid that awkward first encounter by getting to know them first over the phone or on Facebook. This is also a great chance to divvy up the room responsibilities and find out who’s bringing the fridge, who has the best TV, etc.

Set Some Ground Rules

This might sound like serious overkill, but it’s important to establish some rules with the new roomie. Talk about what time you like to sleep, when and where you’ll study, and how often you’ll have overnight guests. Make sure you’re both comfortable in your new home so you can avoid some roommate drama down the road.

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DO NOT Live with Your BFF

Living together is a great way to ruin a friendship. You’ll learn more than you ever wanted to know about your roommate and their weird habits, which can spell trouble even for the best of friends. If you’ve already decided to live with a friend, make sure to spend some time apart so you don’t drive each other crazy.

Make Friends with Your Neighbors

Living in the dorms is an incredible bonding opportunity, so say hi to your neighbors, invite them to hang out, or just leave your door open in case someone stops by. The friends you make on your hall could be the friends you keep for the rest of college, so don’t miss out on this chance to get to know them.

Meet People Outside the Dorms

Friends from the dorms are great, but since you’ll see them a lot it can be easy to get sick of them. Make an effort to join campus clubs or intramural sports teams so you can start a social group away from home.

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About the AuthorLisa Ferguson is a cohost of TYT University, the largest college news and lifestyle channel on YouTube. She also runs the news and politics website lisaferguson.tv. Follow her on Twitter @lisa_ferg.