How to Survive Roommate Awkwardness

Good for you. You decided to go with the “random roommate” option when selecting your first college dorm or apartment. Personally, I think this is the best way to quickly expand your social crowd. You will now have this great opportunity to meet a lot of new people…his or her friends, their boyfriends or girlfriends, their boyfriend or girlfriend’s friends…

But first…you’ll have to meet your roommate.

Okay, so everyone is always slightly uncomfortable when you first meet the “random” person you are going to be living with for an entire school year. Sometimes it can be difficult coming up with ways to try to get to know your new roommate, without coming off as strange or creepy.
But don’t worry, my experience with those awkward moments has taught me many ways to avoid all of that. The following activities are great ways to get to know new roommates of all types so you guys can avoid the awkward stage and hopefully get right to the friend stage. …maybe even best-friend stage.

The bookstore.

The bookstore is a great way to get to know your new roommate! After you guys are all moved in, you can head on down to the bookstore and prepare for your classes together. The bookstore allows you guys to talk about both of your studies and become familiar with each other’s schedules. There are usually room decorations sold at the college bookstores as well, which would be another great way for you guys to bond. Planning themes and decorating your space together after you’ve gotten your books is a great way to get comfortable in your spaces and with each other.

A restaurant.

Well your roommate’s parents insisted on instead being the one’s who go with them to the bookstore to help them find their books. That’s fine. After that’s all said and done, that first night, plan on going out to eat. Getting everything together the first day will definitely work up an appetite, eating out will be a special treat, trust me. I recommend going somewhere like a buffet or a make-it-yourself place, just in case you run out of things to talk about, you have a way out avoiding that awkward silence while you wait on the waiter to bring you your checks. “Oh, the waiter’s not here yet? I’m going to go get another plate of dessert, brb.”

A movie.

This is the option that I recommend taking if you already feel that your roommate is not at all your type. You’ve heard them speak enough about themselves while you guys were moving in and you just weren’t feeling it. A movie is great because there’s a lot of time when talking is not even allowed. You guys could talk on the way to the theatre about your likes and dislikes, then after the movie all you have to do is talk about that one scene where the main character dies. Even if you don’t agree with what they’re saying, it’s still a friendly gesture going with them to the movie and you’re starting things off right.

Like them or not, it’s always best to be friendly. You should definitely try to establish a friendly base with your new roommate by inviting them on an outing like these three. Who knows, you guys might become best friends.

Good luck!

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Betsy Loeb

Betsy Loeb

Betsy Loeb is a senior at the University of Illinois majoring in Broadcast Journalism. She lacks the ability to draw, so she loves being able to express her creativity instead through her writing. She considers herself the “coolest nerd,” spending many Friday nights indoors playing Guitar Hero and discussing Pokemon cards with her friends.