How to Find A Roommate
As you prepare for college life, one of the most important things you will do is pick a roommate. Whether you decide to room with an old buddy, or play roommate roulette with the school's housing authority, there are many factors to keep in mind.
Look for a compatible roommate, not a new best friend
One thing most people can admit is that there is nothing better than spending times with your best friends, except when that time extends 24/7. We all need a break from our friends at some point! While it might seem like the easiest and best option to live with your best friend, look for people you wouldn’t mind spending 24/7 with as your roommate. If a person seems nice, ask some questions to find out more about them. Remember, you are looking for a compatible roommate not a new best friend!
Don't try to find a clone of yourself
Finding someone who has similar likes, dislikes, and characteristics might seem like you’ve won the roommate lottery! Look for a roommate who has enough similarities, but can broaden your interests.
Trust the system
Getting a bad roommate match is a major worry for a lot of students; the chances of having it happen are actually pretty slim. The Office of Housing and Judicial Affairs uses a variety of traits and characteristics to match students. Times students wake up and head to bed, cleanliness, and study habits are just a few of the tools used to match students.
To help you start the conversation with your potential roommates, here is a list of questions you should be sure to ask. Will it be weird to bring these up with the stranger assigned to you by the school? Maybe, but 3 months from now, you’ll be glad you had the awkward conversation.
- What’s your stance on overnight guests?
- What time do you wake up and go to bed?
- What are your morning and nighttime routines?
- How often do you think cleaning needs to be done?
- How would you split up cleaning duties?
- How often do you study?
- What environment do you like when you study?
- What items are you open to sharing? What items do you not like to lend out?