We’ve all heard the stories about them.

They’re rumoured to creep up on you in the middle of the night. It’s been said that they will bring their entire group of friends into your room at 3 am.

You’ve heard they will steal your food, borrow your things and act like your room is their personal playground. There’s even a scary movie dedicated to them.

The name of this creature that roams the Earth is someone you’re going to meet on your first day of college: The roommate.

Here’s a guide to avoiding nightmare situations with the person you'll be sharing a small space with for an entire school year.

Utilize your ‘get-to-know-your-freshman-class’ resources. Chances are your soon-to-be-home will have resources for freshmen either made by administrators or fellow students.

There’s usually a student Facebook group for the ‘Class of 2016’ or there will be some type of online meet-and-greet where you can find fellow freshmen who are of your same major, hometown and so on.

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People who don’t know anyone will always be looking for roommates on these networks. Choose someone you know, but don’t.

The advice people will give you about living with your best friends is true — don’t do it. An alternative is to choose someone you know and like but aren’t attached at the hip with.

Living with your all-time favourite person might seem fun, but after fights about sharing food, what time the lights go off and bringing people back to the room, an awkward end to that friendship can be near.

As a happy medium, try living with someone who you’re friends with but don’t know too well.

You’ll have more time to get to know each other and won’t be freaked out at the thought of living with a total stranger.

You’ll have a few things in common and will have that connection from home, which will be nice during the transition to college.

Plus, when your friends have trouble with their roommates, you can be the dorm where they sleep to get away for a night, and not the roommate they are trying to get away from.

Be gutsy and go random. When people talk about their random roommate, most people will bring up horror stories. But in real life, every roommate isn’t going to be a nightmare.

For freshmen who want to start off nice and fresh after high school, this is a viable option. College is a time to explore, and you can start by living with someone different and new who is in your same shoes: not knowing anyone on campus.

While your new friend might have some quirks, you won’t have to worry about ruining a friendship.

Don’t judge him or her based off their Facebook page, as they are almost always different in person.

Having a roommate is never going to be a completely smooth experience.

Whether you decide to bunk with someone you know or a total stranger, you’re always going to be risking running into differences with the person.

However, that is just one of the essential college experiences.