Going off to college is a huge adjustment. You’re living away from home—maybe even across the country—and out of your comfort zone. The good news is you’re far from alone. In fact, there’s one person we can guarantee you’ll be spending a lot of quality time with right off the bat—your freshman roommate.
That might not be the most comforting thought for many people, but the truth is your roommate can be a big help in those first few weeks. From the day you move in, you have someone right there who’ll go with you to get dinner, explore campus and figure out your residence hall’s temperamental washing machines.
Let’s back up a second, though. First, you have to actually get your roommate assignment. After doing a little social media snooping (don’t lie, we know you do it), it’s time to make contact. Living with a stranger is nerve-wracking for even the most outgoing people, but we’ve come up with a list of informative icebreakers that will help you get the roommate relationship off to a great start.
Even if you’ve opted to live with someone you’ve known since kindergarten, it’s a good idea to ask them these questions, too. Living with someone often brings a new set of challenges to the surface, and it can change the dynamic of a friendship—make sure it’s for the better.