Getting to Know Your New Roommate

Moving into your first apartment for rent is an exciting time. More often than not, apartment living brings more than your first glimpse of life away from your parents. The majority of first-time renters will also be sharing their space with a roommate, whether they’ve met them before or not. You’ve likely seen many posts about roommate etiquette – but we’d like to take a different approach. Before you worry about who pays for what, it’s important to get to know the people you will be sharing a living space with. After following these quick tips, you’ll have a much easier time co-habitating your new apartment!

Give everyone a fair chance

First things first, you shouldn’t judge your roommate by his or her cover. It’s easy to glance at a roommate’s multiple cat posters, outrageous wardrobe or horrible Spotify playlists and decide that you simply won’t get along – but you must resist! Someone you may think you have nothing in common with based on appearances may turn out to be a lifelong friend. Going into a new living arrangement with an open mind is extremely important.

Q & A

There’s no need to grill your new roommate for his or her life story. Small talk doesn’t have to be awkward. You can learn a lot about your new roomie by asking the right, non-invasive questions. Here’s a sampling of questions that are sure to lead to longer conversations.

  • Where are you from?
  • If you’re rooming together at school: What’s your schedule this semester? Do we have any classes together?
  • Do you work in the area?
  • #teampeeta or #teamgale? (And other really important questions like that.)

Bond over shopping

Ready to shop ‘til you drop? Moving into your first apartment means buying your own coffee pot, throw pillows, cups, plates and more. Setting out on a shopping trip with your roommate is the perfect way to spend time with them without it feeling forced. (It’s also a great way to potentially cut your decoration bill in half.) You’ll discover your roommate’s like and dislikes while coming to your first compromises together.

Share, but don’t overshare

New friends are like the internet – there’s a perceived safety in anonymity. They don’t know you, so you’re tempted to spill your life story and dark secrets over breakfast. Trust us and do less. Over time, stories will be shared naturally and a stronger bond can be formed.

By following these simple suggestions from Move For Free, you and your roommate will be more than ready to tackle the thermostat battles and dirty dishes to come.