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    10 Questions To Ask Your Potential Roommate

    Let's face it - finding a roommate can be scary and overwhelming, especially when you're just starting out. While roommate matching services can be helpful, talking to potential roomies may give you a better idea of who you'll be sleeping a few feet apart from.

    1. When do you sleep?

    You're either an early bird at the gym before class, or night owl waddling into class, sleepy-eyed, 15 minutes into lecture. There's no in-between.

    2. Do you want to freeze, or sweat?

    If temperature plays a big part in your life, you'll want to make sure you and your roommate are on the same page.

    3. How do you pass your time?

    Do you want to like to dance, crochet a sweater, or watch TV? You spend a good chunk of time with your roommate, might as well find a way to hangout that you both enjoy. Who knows - maybe you'll find out you've been yelling at each other on Xbox Live for three years.

    4. What do you like to eat?

    Living with someone who likes the same food as you can go either way. They'll either eat the soup you planned on having for dinner, or you'll split the cost of snacks. Regardless, the Fresh Grocer is no more than a heartbeat away.

    5. How often do you clean?

    Let's be real for a second. Sharing a room can be a stressful situation, but sharing with someone who isn't equally, or more clean than you can cause more tension than its worth. If you do find yourself in that situation, however, the simplest and best remedy is to just talk to one another.

    6. What are you majoring in?

    This is an important question depending on who you are. Do you want to live with someone in the same major or school so you can work together? Or do you want some diversity in your residence hall and the opportunity to meet new and exciting people?

    7. Do you like to entertain?

    Hosting guests, either for a few hours or overnight, is something that should definitely be agreed upon by roommates. The sooner you know, the sooner you can make the decision to live together or not.

    8. How loud is too loud?

    Sharing a tight space means that you often hear the other person - especially when it comes to listening to music or watching TV. Knowing where the line is drawn will save you.

    9. How do you feel about sharing food?

    Sometimes you have that roommate that eats all your food without asking, it happens. The best way to combat this to have that conversation off the bat - "hey buddy, can I have a slice of your pizza from last night? I can throw you a few bucks if you want."

    10. Do you think we could live well together?

    All in all, there's no one definitive way to see if you'd make a good roommate but coming from a place of mutual understanding can help. Having a great experience with the perfect roommate can make all the difference in your college career. Best of luck!

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