This post is about questions to ask your future college roommate.
Finding a roommate can be one of the hardest things about college. That sounds kind of dramatic, but it really can make or break your year – believe me. I have many stories I could share, but we’ll save that for another time.
Whether you are reaching out to people on your college’s FaceBook page or rooming with people you met at accepted students day it’s important you make sure you ask lots of questions. If there’s something you want to know, just ask. There’s nothing worse than finding something out down the road that will make your living situation difficult.
Questions to ask:
- What is your sleeping schedule like?
- What is your favorite kind of music?
- Are you an extrovert or introvert?
- Do you sleep with a nightlight or do you need complete darkness?
- Do you like to fall asleep to the TV?
- What would you rate your cleanliness on a scale of 1-10? (10 being extremely clean)
- Do you plan on having people over a lot?
- Do you plan on studying in the library or the room?
- Do you have any allergies?
- What are your favorite TV shows?
- What are your favorite movies?
- Do you play music out loud a lot?
- Are you a partier?
- What are you majoring in?
- Do you make school a priority?
- How would you like to divide chores?
- Are there any rules you want to establish before moving in?
- What are your pet peeves?
- Do you like to read?
- What do you like to read?
- Do you take showers in the morning or night?
- What temperature do you like the room to be?
- Do you plan on staying at school on the weekends or going home?
- Are you someone who likes to share clothes?
- Do you want to plan how to design the room or just do our own things?
- Should I get the microwave or the mini fridge?
- Is there anything that you absolutely don’t want in our room?
- What is off-limits?
- Do you smoke or drink?
- Do you have any health problems that I should be aware of?
This list is great for getting to know someone you are planning on living with or just starting to get to know. One of the best tips I have for you is to join the FaceBook group for your class (if there isn’t one already, start it yourself!) and post a few things about you to let people know you’re looking for a roomie. Don’t be nervous to put yourself out there and talk to people.
Try not to be nervous when you are getting to know people. I was so nervous to post on the FaceBook page at first, but once I did I got so many messages and got to know so many people. Even the people I didn’t end up rooming with still kept in touch and we all met up at orientation.
Everyone is in the same boat when it comes to finding a roommate. Remember to ask questions and get to know them before you sign any leases. It’s much better to be safe than sorry.