It is no doubt that college students' living conditions can make or break their experience in school. Picking the right roommates is the first step to getting the most out of your living experience, but it can be quite a stressful process. Moving Off Campus is here to help you alleviate some of that stress! Here are a few tips for picking the perfect roommates:
- Know Yourself: Before you can expect others to know your living expectations, you must understand them yourself. Do you want your own room? Do you expect to buy your own food or share? Do you want to have a car on campus? Where do you want to live? Do you like to host parties? Conducting some initial introspection will steer you down the right path in choosing a roommate.
- Friend, Acquaintance, or Random? This is also part of deciding what your expectations are. One of the most popular tips is to avoid living with a close friend. Sometimes this proves to be beneficial, but this should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Typically, a random roommate assignment is a last resort, but some people like to make new friends! Sometimes starting with a clean slate with someone you don't know can breed stronger friendships and more stable living conditions.
- Do Your Research: Know your potential roommates’ living habits before signing the lease and check if they match up with yours. Are they cleanly, hygienic and hospitable? Do they hand wash or machine wash their dishes? How prompt are they when it comes to paying bills? Are they night owls? Are they clingy? Do they like to host parties? Ensure that your lifestyles can coincide to a respectable level and lay out some ground rules as part of your living arrangement. Managing expectations will be important in keeping everyone happy.
These are all concerns all college students should take into account when picking the perfect roommates. Remember, your roommate is someone who you’ll see everyday, so it’s definitely worth the time to make the right choice to ensure a great college living experience.