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Choosing A College Roommate: Things to Consider

Choosing A College Roommate: Things to Consider

Choosing a college roommate is probably one of the most important choices you will make when it comes to your overall college experience. Making the right decision is a must as the wrong person can cause all sorts of problems, while the right person can greatly add to your enjoyment of college.

What You Should Look For When Choosing A College Roommate

Evidence of Responsibility
Before considering someone when choosing a college roommate, make sure they are responsible. If they can’t remember to keep up with their wallet or are constantly losing their keys, these are bad signs. This shows a predisposition towards irresponsibility, and you need a person who will faithfully pay their part of the rent. Also, you don’t want a roommate who doesn’t take their school work (or yours) seriously. Therefore, responsibility is a must have characteristic in a good roommate.

Common End Goals
Another plus in a roommate is a similar end goal of life. For example, if you and your roommate are both going to school to be teachers, you will take similar classes and will become not only roommates but study partners as well. Of course, studying the same subject isn’t a necessary attribute, but it will certainly help in terms of having similar schedules and such.

Similar Sleeping/ Eating Habits 
Although not a deal breaker, it also helps when choosing a college roommate to find someone with sleeping and eating habits that are similar to yours. For example, if you are a vegetarian and the mere sight of meat turns your stomach, you probably don’t want to room with a person who eats a big juicy steak every few days. Similarly, if you are an early riser, you don’t need a night owl keeping you up all hours of the night and throwing off your natural sleep pattern.

Potential Roommates Friends
The last thing you need to consider when choosing a roommate is the type of person your potential roommate is friends with. This is important because more than likely their friends will end up hanging at your place at least on occasion and will probably be there much more than you like. Therefore, you want to make sure that their friends are at least tolerable.

When choosing a college roommate, the best way to find an ideal roommate is to ask around. Many times, people you know will have friends who need a roommate, and this is a great way to check a person out before you even consider making them your roommate. Also, don’t forget to make your roommate sign some sort of agreement, which shows what portion of the rent is their responsibility and when it is due along with assigning specific chores. Contact us at Douglas Heights for more information on ideal college living arrangements that are large enough for roommates.


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