Choosing the Right Roommate

Choosing the Right Roommate
Choosing the Right Roommate
One of the many new challenges presented when going off the college is learning how to coexist with a new roommate. If matched with the wrong person, your living situation can become a nightmare. If matched with the right person, you’ll have a partner in crime with whom to share the best moments of your life. Instead of counting on pot luck, it would be in your best interest to seek out a roomy on your own so that future conflict is avoided and the most is made of your college experience.

There are several avenues by which you can go about choosing a roommate –perhaps the easiest is to just stick with a high-school friend who’s planning to attend the same school. You most likely share the same interests and care enough about one another’s sensibilities to remain considerate. Living with a familiar face in a new location can help alleviate homesickness. Plus, you get to avoid the awkward first few days you’d experience with a new roommate. However, some people might urge you not to room with a friend – or at least a close friend – because that’s when the hidden negative traits come to the surface. Ultimately, that judgment can only be made by the two parties involved.

When starting from scratch, you can use roommate matching websites like roommates.com or roommatelocator.com which allow members to post profiles that list their preferences pertaining to gender, pets, drinking, smoking, desire prices range and more. The sites alert users to new matches based on that criteria. You can also post or peruse ads in local newspaper classifieds and craigslist.com. Once contact has been made, ask as many questions as possible in order to measure the level of your compatibility. Are they neat or messy? What hours do they keep? Do they throw wild parties and have guests often? Are they clean or messy? Alert them to your preferences as well. Make sure they’re responsible and have steady streams of money so that rent will be paid on time if you live in an apartment. If you can, become their friends on Facebook and gain insight into how they live their lives.

It’s important to be choosy so that you lessen the risk of having a falling out in the future. Start early – like a few months before the semester begins – and take your time. The more people with whom you speak, the more likely you’ll find the best-suited roommate. If you have trouble deciding on your own, solicit advice from someone you trust, like a friend, sibling or parent. After all, it’s an important decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
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