Having roommates is part of the ultimate college experience. Whether you are super excited to be living with someone, or the idea of that kind of freaks you out, you're going to have to have one (or maybe three). Here is everything I have learned about them.
First, finding one. There are multiple ways to find a roommate. You can talk to people here on your school's website, attend an event and meet them, find one at orientation, join groups with people from your class, or go random. These options are completely up to what you would prefer.
When picking a roommate, I would recommend thinking about a few questions. What time do they go to bed? Do they like to go out a lot? Are they expecting to have people over a lot? It can be scary to put yourself out there to meet people who you could potentially be living with but it is important to be confident with your choice, whether that be choosing someone or going random. Just remember that everyone is in the same boat as you and looking for a roommate as well.
If you find a roommate or not, you have to fill out the housing survey. This is especially important for people who are going to go random, because they will match you with someone based off of your answers. Make sure to answer the questions honestly, for it will only make your roommate experience more positive.
Once you have a roommate, it is helpful to come up with some basic rules. Talk about things that you would like them to do/not do. When they listen to music, do you want them to wear headphones? Is it ok for them to borrow your things? Is there a certain time you want the lights off? Make sure to communicate your thoughts and ask what they want from you. Communication is key and can make your roommate relationship the best it can be. Once you move in together, If they do something that annoys you, let them know. If I have learned anything from living with people, it’s to remember that they don’t know what you are thinking. Nothing is going to change if you don’t say anything.
Throughout the year, your RA can help you with any questions you might have pertaining your roommates. If you are having any problems, talk it out with your roommate but if it is not getting resolved, you can talk to your RA to gain more information on what to do. They are there to help guide you.
Living with someone is an adjustment. I was excited to live with someone yet I was still really nervous about it. It’s what you make out of it. Go into it having an open mind and you can make some amazing memories and meet some really great people. My roommates have been one of my favorite parts about being at Pace and made my college experience what it is.