Looking for the perfect roommate can feel a lot like you’re on an awkward dating show.
“What do you like to eat?”
“What’s your sleeping schedule like?”
“Are you a slob or a clean freak?”
Okay, maybe not that last one verbatim, but you get it.
Finding the perfect roommate for you isn’t always easy, and it’s definitely not a science, but there are a few things that you can do to make the process less awkward.
If you like to keep things neat and tidy, or you’re a night owl, or you plan to have friends visit a few weekends throughout the semester, be sure to let the other person know.
It may seem convenient to give an answer that coincides with the other person’s interests or habits, but that’s not sustainable for a healthy roomie relationship in the long run. It’s best to be as upfront and honest with the other person early on to avoid any awkward encounters in the future.
There’s a chance that you could end up living with someone from a different area, state, or even a different country than you. Instead of being weirded out by how they do things a bit differently than you, take this as an opportunity to learn something new.
Take your bedroom at home. Now, divide it in half and add a bunk bed and a sink. That is probably what your dorm room will look like during your first year of college.
Whether you met your roommate through Facebook or a university roommate site, try and meet the them in person if possible. It’s important to ensure that you two get along on a basic level so that you can both coexist and focus on adjusting to university life.
On the flip side, living with your bff from high school isn’t always the best idea. Yes, you know each other very well, but college is a time to meet new people and have new experiences. Going into college with someone attached to your hip can make that growth difficult.