Top 10 Common Roommate Questions

So, you have been accepted to college, congratulations! Now, it’s time to decide who you are going to live with your first year at your university.

Picking a roommate can be fun. There are so many memories you and your roommate will share over the course of your first year and you may even become lifelong friends.

However, finding a roommate who fits well into your lifestyle can be challenging. When deciding who to live with, proceed with caution.

Once you have narrowed down your choices, you may want to consider asking some of these 10 college roommate questions to your future mate.

1. Are you an early bird or a night owl?

It is important to understand what kind of roommate you may be moving in with. If they are accustomed to waking up to a noisy alarm, going for a run, coming back to showering, making a big breakfast and blasting tunes for their morning chores, all before 6am, they may not be an ideal roommate for you.

2. Will you be having your boyfriend/girlfriend spend the night regularly?

Maybe your roommate plans to have their significant other over every night in the room you share. You may not know this person or be comfortable sleeping in the same room as them. Set some boundaries early so there is no confusion halfway through the year.

3. Do you like a noisy or quiet study space?

Your roommate may need a silent study space to get their homework and projects done. This may mean any movements you make, such as putting dishes away or watching t.v, could be bothersome to them. Be prepared to meet your future roommates halfway with study time requests.

4. How do you want to split household chores?

Dividing up household chores is essential to surviving the year. If you are consistently the only one to load and unload the dishwasher or clean the bathroom, you will get seriously frustrated with your roommate. Come up with a weekly chore list and have chores rotate like these examples here.

5. Do you partake in smoking or recreational drug use?

Being aware of your future roommates social life is extremely important. If you are not comfortable coming home to a house smelling like cigarettes you need to tell your roommate before they move in.

6. Would you be open to sharing our things like food, t.v., dishes, etc?

Knowing what your roommate is open to sharing is important. While you may flip the t.v. after a long day of classes, they might not be okay with sharing their appliances. Know what they are open to so no unnecessary fights come up in the future.

7. What activities do you do for fun?

Hey, you are going to be living with them right? If you want to make friends with your roommate you should at least know if you have anything in common with them like your die hard obsession with Sex and the City or hiking on Sunday afternoons.

8. Will you be going home often or staying at school?

This may seem out of the ordinary but some people live close to their homes and spend more time there than they do at your apartment. If you don’t want to be “living by yourself” make sure your roommate wants to be in touch with the campus and plans on sticking around on the days you have off.

9. How do you want to divide the bills?

If not organized beforehand, dealing with the splitting of bills later can be tricky. Chose who will have the electricity, water, trash, cable, etc set up in their name. Knowing bill amounts and the day bills are due is key to not causing unnecessary awkwardness when it comes to money.

10. Do you have or plan on getting a pet?

If you have allergies or are not comfortable living with a pet then your roommate should know this about you. If they came home one day with a pet and could not take it back, then there might be a some issues you two need to discuss.

In addition to these 10 common roommate questions, getting to know your potential roommates is key to surviving your first year at school. If you don’t take precautionary steps towards living with someone who fits into your daily lifestyle you will ultimately be sorry, uncomfortable and feel awkward in your own home.

I can tell you from experience not all roommates will be great. Sometimes you do not have a choice who you live with and you need to make the best of the situation. My number one piece of advice is to communicate.

If you harbor your thoughts not only will you come to resent your roommate, but you will be unhappy for not speaking up with issues you are having. All of this being said, roommates can be absolutely fabulous and truly can become your lifelong friends.

Here’s to your first year of college being awesome and here’s to making new friendships.

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Kait Freeberg

Kait Freeberg

Kait Freeberg is a junior at Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo pursuing a degree in journalism. At school, Kait can be found interviewing people or hitting the gym. As the Colleges Against Cancer president, Kait helps to fight cancer and she educates her peers on the disease. Apart from school she works two jobs, enjoys traveling, and cooking for her roommates.