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Choosing a Roommate

Here are some tips on selecting a roommate which will go a long way to ensuring that you and your roommate(s) have a quality living experience together:

Discuss study habits and the expected study environment:
  • Do you like to study with background noise?
  • Would you mind small interruptions when studying?
  • Do you prefer to study in the room or another location?

Discuss social habits and guests in the room:
  • How often do you like to have friends over?
  • Do you like to have an open door policy for your friends and hall mates?
  • How do you feel about guest of either gender sleeping over?

Discuss your cleaning habits or preferences (sweeping, dusting, messes, dishes, bathrooms, etc.)
  • Do you prefer a spotlessly clean room or is neat and tidy your preference?
  • Do you do laundry on a regular basis or only when you are completely out of clothes to wear?

Be careful that you and your roommate(s) have the same idea of your relationship.
  • Are you looking for a best friend, someone to do things with on weekends, or just a roommate?
  • Discuss how you feel about sharing personal property, including food, clothing, and electronic equipment.
  • Do you prefer your roommate(s) ask before eating your food, borrowing your clothes or using your computer?
  • Is it okay to share and what is off limits?
  • Discuss how you plan to handle disagreements or misunderstandings when they happen. Stick to your agreement; avoidance and/or gossip is never the way to resolve a conflict.