Find the Perfect Roommate

on March 21, 2017

When I filled out my freshman dorm application, I lied.


Well, let’s say I was optimistic instead of realistic.


Likely to get up early? Check. Not at all true.


I keep my room clean and tidy. Check. Let’s just say there’s a chair with at least one week’s worth of clothing that makes it impossible to sit down.


I am a daytime person instead of a night owl. Check. I typically was awake after late night TV shows had aired.


When I look back on my application, I realize my responses were made out of fear. Thankfully, my undergraduate university did not listen and I was matched with a late-night, clothes-look-better-on-the-floor person.


As you prepare for dorm life, here are a few things to consider when looking for a roommate:


Who are you?


Don’t be like me. Consider if you’re the person who gets up early or likes to leisurely begin your day. Are you likely to hang your clothes in the closet or are you more likely to find them on the floor? Be honest on the application in hopes you get paired with someone who realistically matches your living style. You don’t want to end up being a bad roommate.


What kind of person do you want to live with?


Most applications ask what you are looking for in a roommate. Be mindful of what would be a good match for you. Do you like listening to head-banging music or would you rather your room be a place of peace and serenity? It’s your living space so you have to be comfortable.


Is it a good idea to live with my high school friend?


This is tricky. I’ve heard far more horror stories than good ones about living with a friend from high school. Take a chance and meet someone new. Don’t ruin a friendship because you like to stay up and they prefer eight hours of sleep.


There’s an option for a single room. Should I take advantage?


Simply put, no. Welcome to college. Unless you’re a resident advisor, most students are better off with a roommate. Chances are your roommate will have a different background than you and can show you new things. Hopefully, will gain a new friend.


Olivia Lewis is a Cappex freelancer and journalist. She is currently pursing her master’s degree in the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

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