Questions to Ask Your Roommate Before You Move in

on August 10, 2017

Of all the factors that can make or break your first semester of your college, your roommate is among the most important. Just like your classes, a large part of your success will hinge on you being prepared and having proper expectations. Make sure to talk with your roommate before you move in to go over some ground rules and expectations.

 

Even if you already know each other, you probably haven’t discussed some these items:

 

Who Brings Certain Items

 

If you discuss nothing else, definitely take time to decide who will be bringing the microwave and who will be bringing the mini-fridge. You also don’t want to spend the money on a futon only to find your roommate brought one. Likewise, you might want to discuss if you’ll both buy ink for one printer or if you’ll both have your own.

 

What Time is Lights out?
 

You were patting yourself on the back for figuring out a schedule that allows you to sleep in until noon. Your roommate loves doing yoga with the sunrise. You still can keep your respective schedules, but one of you might need to sleep with an eye mask or do the bulk of your studying in a common area within your dorm.

 

Who is Allowed in the Room and When?
 

Is it okay if all of your hallmates are chilling your room at 11 p.m. Tuesday? Can your best friend from home crash on your futon for a week? Don’t tiptoe around what the expectations are. This will help stop disagreements from happending down the road.

 

Cleaning
 

Each roommate should have a set of tasks they do each week. You don’t a corner of your room heaping with trash in the middle of the semester or dust covering the floor. Little tasks you and your roommate do each week will ensure the room stays tidy.

 

Turn it down
 

There are no right or wrong answers when it comes to the noise level, just whatever is best for the both of you. Compromising can be difficult, but learning to live with another person is a valuable and money-saving skill.

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