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6 Questions you should ask your new roommate

Here are some questions to ask your new roommate to start college on the right foot.

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2. What’s your schedule like?

Getting to know each other’s schedules is important because you will be super busy throughout the school year. Knowing when your roommate studies or takes naps is important so that you don’t disturb them, and vice versa.

3. How do you feel about guests?

You don’t have to warn you roommate every single time you have guest over, but you should give them a heads-up if you’re having a small gathering or if someone is sleeping over.

4. Where do you fall on the neatness spectrum?

Are you a neat freak or do occasionally let your laundry pile up on “the chair” for weeks? These two type of personalities usually get on each other’s nerves when sharing living space. Identifying where you each fall on the neatness spectrum will allow you to be more aware of your own habits, and you might think twice about leaving your dirty socks on their side of the room.

5. What stuff is communal?

There is nothing worse than someone eating the leftovers you were thinking about all day, or going in the shower only to realize the last of the shampoo is gone. Tell your roommate what you are willing to share and what you absolutely don’t want them to use. Be courteous and always ask for permission before you use something that doesn’t belong to you.

6. How are we splitting up the chores?

Come up with a cleaning schedule! You might think this is too much, but trust us. It will save you lots of frustration. You don’t want to end up resenting your roommates for picking up their slack. Talk about this early on so that you are all on the same page!

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