Finding a (Sane) College Roommate 101

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Finding a (Sane) College Roommate 101

Our Class of 2018 looking fab on decision day.

Our Class of 2018 looking fab on decision day.

Our Class of 2018 looking fab on decision day.

Our Class of 2018 looking fab on decision day.

Marissa Pennino and Kiren Grewal

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With May 1 looming upon us, seniors are getting ready to commit to various universities across the nation. With the excitement of starting a new chapter in our life comes the uneasiness we may feel over living with a stranger. That’s right folks, it’s time to find a roommate.

How might I begin you may ask? Facebook.

Here’s a little step-by-step on how to find the perfect roomie bff for life:

  1. Create a Facebook account–yes, a Facebook account. Surprise: they’re not just for your moms and dads.
  2. Pick a super trendy profile picture.
  3. Join your college’s Facebook group — or maybe a couple of colleges if you’re still not sure.
  4. Make a public post in the group introducing yourself and your hobbies (see the examples below)
  5. Add photos of yourself doing your favorite activities. 
  6. Don’t be afraid to reach out to girls who have a lot in common with you! It’s good to put yourself out there and make new friends before school starts. Just say hi! It won’t hurt.

If you’re feeling daring, here is template for starting a message via Instagram:

YOU: Hi____! My name is ____. I saw you on the _____ Facebook group and I just wanted to reach out! We have so much in common, we should definitely be friends.

Some other questions to break the ice are:

Why did you choose this university?

What clubs are you planning on joining?

Are you going to Admitted Students Day?

Are you a morning person, or a night person?

What dorm do you plan on living in?

If you need help on what to post on Facebook, here are some examples of successful roommate posts:

Juliana’s post to the University of Oregon Facebook group. Photo by Juliana Esquivel

Sophia’s post to the UC Berkeley Facebook group. Photo by Sophia Mura
















Some people may consider “going random,” and that’s a great option too. Caitlin McClure ’19 said, “I’m going random because finding someone on Facebook is a lot of work. I feel like it’s part of the college experience to go random and meet someone new.”

But, there are definitely advantages of being able to meet up with potential roommates beforehand. Christel Alino ‘19 had the opportunity to meet up with her potential roommate from the University of San Diego (go Toreros!). When asked about the experience, Christel said: “We realized that we wouldn’t be the best pair of roommates based on getting to know her and her interests. I highly recommend trying to get to know your potential roommate before you commit to a year of living with her.”

Seniors, just remember: you don’t have to be best friends with your roommate. As long as a mutual respect is maintained, everything will work out just fine. 

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