Getting to Know Your New Roommate

Whether its freshman year or you took a big chance on a “Roommate Wanted” ad, you’ve suddenly found yourself with a new roommate. Emotions and expectations can range from excitement to terror when it comes to sharing a living space or even a bedroom. So here comes Move For Free to the rescue with the great ideas for getting to know your new roommate.

1. Never judge a book (or roommate) by its cover.

Upon entering your new shared space did you spy an all-pink wardrobe, multiple piercings or, heaven forbid, a Nickleback poster? Don’t panic. More often than not, people you can’t imagine having anything in common with (based on appearances) make the most-lasting friends when it comes to things that matter. Don’t let someone’s terrible taste in music prevent you from connecting over different interests.

2. Ask the right questions.

A quick Q&A can easily segue into a solid conversation. Find out the basics with these simple questions:

  • Where are you from? Why did you choose this university?
  • What’s your major? Let’s compare schedules!
  • Do you know anyone else on campus?
  • What are you cool/not cool with sharing?
  • Who shot first? Han or Greedo?

3. Don’t overshare.

There’s a sense of security in anonymity that leads people to spill their guts to strangers while holding things back from longtime friends. Try to avoid this. You don’t need to be best friends forever after 15 minutes. You can discover more about your roomie (and they can about you) out in the real world. Don’t give them your life story over Pop Tarts.

4. Go shopping together.

It sounds weird, but it works! Doing something as simple as picking up snacks, books, toilet paper or searching for apartment decorations is a great idea to spend time with your roomie without it feeling forced. You’ll both have a task to complete and, in the process, you can learn more about each other’s tastes and find common middle ground.

Good luck and have fun! You never know, you may have just moved in with a lifelong friend.