College Dorm Showers: Etiquette

The idea of communal showers is unappealing to most people. There’s no need to feel intimidated. Your peers probably feel the same way. If you practice a little common courtesy, you’ll find that dorm showers aren’t as bad as you think.

Etiquette for College Dorm Showers

When you first visit your dorm’s showers, you may dread the experience. The privacy offered by communal showers is limited. Most students will go to the showers in a robe or a towel, strip off, shower and come back out in a towel or a robe to dry off and dress in their rooms. 

Each dorm is different, and some floors may only have a few showers, therefore, it is important to exercise some common courtesy.

  • It may be necessary to wait to take a shower because there is limited shower space. Schedule shower times when fewer people need them or be patient. Showering before sleeping or very early in the morning may be necessary.
  • Make sure you bring your own shower supplies. If you want to reach your soap, shampoo, and conditioner easily, you’ll want a small bag or carryall.
  • There is a commodity called hot water and a commodity called time. Wait 30 minutes before taking a shower. The maximum amount of time you should spend in the shower is 15 minutes.
  • Make sure you wear slip-on, waterproof shoes. It is a great idea to wear Crocs or flip flops for this purpose. Communal showers can also lead to communal foot fungus, so protect your feet. It is important to wash your “shower shoes” on a regular basis.
  • Shave at the sink or when the showers aren’t crowded. Whether you’re shaving your face, your underarms, or your legs, shaving can take quite a while; if the showers are particularly busy, don’t waste time shaving them.

Shower Toiletries

It’s important to remember that college freshman don’t typically have a lot of living space. Think about storage when you’re packing. Seeing your living space for the first time might be challenging, but common sense tells you that the Costco size of shampoo won’t do. Can you tell me what you should bring?

  • A waterproof shower caddy – either a mesh bag or a plastic caddy
  • If you bring a large towel, you can use it as a coverup when you get back to your room
  • In the absence of a large towel, a robe can be used as a cover-up after a shower
  • Flip-flops or Crocs for showering
  • Saving space is possible if you use the 2-in-1 kind of shampoo and conditioner
  • Using a razor and shaving cream
  • There is no doubt that shower gel is more convenient in a dorm room than bar soap

Getting Comfortable in Dorm Showers

Taking a shower in college may be stressful at first, but eventually it becomes routine. Soon, you’ll discover a routine that works for you, allowing you to adapt seamlessly to dorm life.

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