Finding the perfect roommate can be a challenge, especially since you will be living with them for a year. If their habits clash with yours, you may find yourself living a nightmare. Before deciding on who to live with, it’s really important that you get to know them by asking them the right questions. Their answers will help you determine if they are a good fit as a roommate. It’s super critical to have transparency even before you decide to live together because this will prevent problems in the future. Being in a tense situation with roommates or housemates is the worst. To help you out, I’ve put together 10 important questions to ask potential college roommates to avoid drama. These are a mixture of ones I’ve asked my past roommates and ones I wish I asked because it would have saved me from so much stress. If you’re thinking about rooming with a friend, it’s still important to ask these questions because they may be a great friend but terrible roommate. You never truly know someone until you live with them! Trust me on this. I’ve had roommate/housemate problems multiple times, and asking these questions would have saved me from so much trouble.
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Here are 10 questions to ask potential college roommates:
Make sure to answer the questions too so that they can know if you’re a good fit for them!
1. What is your daily schedule like?
Figure out when they wake up, go to class, study, and sleep, and see if this is compatible with your own schedule. This question is also useful if you are the type who needs personal space. It’s a great way to gauge when your roommate will be out or at home. If they tell you that they have a normal amount of classes, work, and extra curriculars, then it’s obvious that you will get some personal space throughout the day. However, if they come straight home after class and don’t have any other activities going on, you probably won’t be getting that alone time you need.
2. How do you wake up in the morning? How do you fall asleep at night?
If you’re a light sleeper, and they snooze their alarm every morning, it’s going to be a nightmare for you waking up to their alarm. On the flip side, if you’re a snoozer and they’re a light sleeper, be willing to figure out a way to avoid snoozing. Otherwise, move on to the next roommate candidate. Same concept applies for your bedtime routine.
3. What are your preferences with smoking, drinking, and throwing parties in our space?
You have the right to know your roommate’s lifestyle habits because it will affect you! If you’re not okay with their habits, be honest with them and see if they are willing to compromise.
4. Do you plan on having a significant other or guests come over or stay the night? If not, what would you hypothetically do in this case?
Even if your roommate does not have a current significant other, it’s important to ask what they would do in case they got one in the future. Do they plan on bringing them over all the time or even overnight? Let them know what you are most comfortable with. It’s okay if you are not comfortable with them being in your room because you’re not paying for a third roommate! It’s important to be transparent about this early on to avoid future conflict.
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5. What do you do to keep your space clean and how clean would we keep our room?
Anyone can say that they are clean and organized. Word the question in a way to find out what exactly they do to keep their space clean to see if they truly are!
6. How will we approach each other when there is perceived conflict?
THIS IS A CRITICAL QUESTION! This will give you an idea on how to approach your roommate if you don’t agree with their habits, and it will let you know whether they are the type to compromise. Make sure that you find a roommate that takes the time to understand where you are coming from during conflict and does not neglect your needs. Trust me on this!
7. How long do you usually leave the dishes out?
This may seem like an odd question, but hear me out. If you want a better sense of whether your roommate is the type to leave things off till later or address things right away, this is a good question to ask!
8. What type of environment do you study best in?
This question will give you an idea of whether you can meet their daily study needs.
9. What do you do for fun?
Even though you shouldn’t expect to become best friends with your roommate, it doesn’t hurt to see if you have things in common with them! The more you have in common, the easier it will be to become comfortable living together.
10. Do you have any questions for me? 🙂
I really hope that this post helps you in your search for finding a roommate! Let me know if you think there are other questions that are important to ask! Be sure to pin this post to save these questions for later. Good luck on your search!