Staying Healthy in a College Dorm

Staying Healthy in a College Dorm

It’s no secret that sicknesses spread at schools faster than they spread anywhere else. I mean with all the shared bathrooms and, well, sharing pretty much everything, this is just intensified when you’re living at school. That’s right, I’m talking about sickness college dorms.

I live in a dorm, and my school has a 95% on campus resident rate for all four years. So I’ll be in a dorm for the next few years. But with living in a college dorm, you get really close with everyone you live with. You share everything, and that includes germs.

So here are some things you should be doing to keep the icky flu and stomach bug germs away when living in close quarters with anyone:

  1. Drink Lots of Water – Keeping yourself hydrated is the best way to keep your immune system in tip-top shape.
  2. Don’t share food and drinks – This should be common sense, don’t let your coughing friend have a sip of your drink (no matter how thirsty they are, there’s water fountains everywhere on campuses).
  3. Wash Your Hands – Another common sense one, but I actually know a surprising number of people who don’t wash their hands after they go to the bathroom. Wash your hands after you go to the bathroom, and before you eat!
  4. Take Immune Boosters – Something like Airborne or Emergen-C that you can buy over the counter at most drugstores and grocery stores are great for when your roommate is sick, or when everyone on your hall starts coughing.
  5. Go to the Wellness Center – If you do get sick, go to the Wellness and Health Center. They’re there to help you and make sure that you’re well and completely ready for class and college life.
  6. Be Courteous – If you do get sick, be courteous of your friends and classmates and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. And if you’re really sick, skip class. It’s much more worth it to miss one class than to go and get everyone else in your class sick.


What are your tips for staying healthy when it seems like everyone around you (especially in a college dorm) is getting sick?