Finding the Right Roommate
Whether you find a roommate on Facebook, decide to go “potluck”, or choose to live with a good friend, living with a roommate for the first time can present a few trials and tribulations. Freshman year of college is an exciting time of making friends, taking new classes, and getting involved on campus; roommate woes shouldn’t plague your college experience.
We’ve put together a list of a few questions to keep in mind when discussing living arrangements with your future roommate:
- Are you a night owl or an early riser?
- Do you consider yourself sloppy or organized?
- What room temperature do you think is comfortable?
- Do you watch a lot of TV? When?
- Do you have any allergies?
- Do you like to talk a lot or prefer to keep to yourself?
- Do you plan on drinking alcohol/smoking?*
You might also want to ask potential roommates what activities they enjoy, what kind of music they love, and if they plan on joining any organizations on campus to establish common interests. If both you and your roommate compromise and determine general agreements, someone you thought was just your freshman year roommate could end up being a close friend for years to come. Many colleges and universities have Facebook groups where you can talk with possible roommates, and websites like RoomSurf can connect you with hundreds of new students! It’s likely that you will have the occasional tiff with anyone you live with, but finding a compatible roommie and communicating about important boundaries will ease these quarrels and guarantee a fantastic year for you both!
*Real Life 101 does not condone underage drinking and reminds you to always drink and act responsibly.