The College Shower

Learn the Do's and Dont's of a Very Public Place

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The College Shower is both a very private and a very public place. Whether you're in a residence hall, an off-campus apartment, or even in a situation where you have your own room but share a bathroom with others, it's important to know how things work so no one gets offended -- or embarrassed. So how can you make sure you know the do's and don'ts of all that surrounds the college shower?

The Do's

  • Do wear shower shoes. You may love every person in your residence hall or Greek house. But feet are feet and dirt is dirt. Wearing shower shoes keeps your tootsies clean from all kinds of funk, so make sure you have an extra, shower-only pair of flip-flops at all times.
  • Do bring a shower caddy. A shower caddy is a staple of nearly every college student. Find one that works for you so you can always have your shampoo, conditioner, razor, and whatever else you need handy.
  • Do bring a towel or robe to wear back to your room. Forgetting your towel can be a nightmare, so hook it onto your shower caddy or -- even better -- fold it on top so you never forget one without the other.
  • Do clean your hair out of the drain. You're in a commonly shared place now, so treat it with the respect you'd want from someone else and do a quick swipe to make sure you don't leave your (admittedly gorgeous, of course) hair for the next person.

The Don'ts

  • Don't take an unreasonable amount of time. Taking a ton of time in the shower may feel nice for you, but it creates a huge backlog of people who need to shower after you. Remember that you're part of a community and keep things short.
  • Don't shower with a "friend." Having, shall we say, "romantic encounters" in the shower is not only disrespectful to others in your hall, it's inappropriate and, perhaps worst of all, pretty darned gross. With all the private spaces that a college offers, take your "friend" somewhere a little nicer -- and more personal.
  • Don't expect too much privacy. Yes, you'll have your own stall, and most likely it will have doors or a curtain. But you are sharing a bathroom with other folks, so just be patient in knowing there will be people talking, using up the hot water, coming in and out of the bathroom, and overall eliminating any real sense of privacy you might be used to back at home.
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