Move-in Morgantown

How to live in a college town.

How to Choose a Roommate

Roommates have the potential, unlike any other character you’ll meet in college, to totally destroy your college experience or make it spectacular. Choose Wisely.

I’ve had my fair share of roommate difficulties; hence the reason I live alone. Regardless, living alone isn’t the solution for everyone.Choosing your roommate is one of the biggest decisions in college; in fact, I’d argue it’s ALMOST as important as choosing your major… So here’s my insight on how to ensure your college roommate doesn’t make your life a living hell.

  1. Don’t live with your best friend. For one, people change in college, and even if your best friend doesn’t change, why risk getting your best relationship ruined over dirty dishes? Wouldn’t you much prefer to VENT to your best friend about the dirty dishes your roommate left in the sink? Your best friend should be your escape, not your roomate. Too many great relationships get ruined in college that could’ve been saved if leases were signed with someone else instead.
  2. Make sure you LOVE your potential roomate’s friends/boyfriend/girlfriend as much as you love them…you’ll basically be living with them too.

    Don't end up like this!

  3. Ensure your roommate candidate has similar sleeping patterns. Do you wake up at 5 a.m. to do laundry and vaccum? Be sure to find someone else who shares your early morning tendencies. Likewise, if you stay up all night with music cranked and sleep till noon, make sure your rooomate doesn’t like to vaccum at 5 a.m.
  4. Ensure your roommate candidate shares your cleaning habits. If your underwear are color coded and your dishes ALWAYS clean, make sure you don’t live with a slob. Confess of your OCD habits BEFORE living with someone, so they can “come clean” about their potential slobbiness.
  5. If your not a freshman, check out why the roommate candidate didn’t say with his/her OLD roommates. This can truly be revealing. Maybe your roommate candidate got into a huge fight with her past roommate because she’s a total BIOTCH. you should know this BEFORE choosing her to live with you.
  6. Check their sluttiness/pimpness. If your not a slut/pimp, I bet you don’t want to live with one & if you are, you don’t want to live with someone who’s going to be on your back about your tendencies.
  7. Take a mini-vacatation with the candidate, if possible, to see how a short stay with them works out before you sign for the long haul.
  8. Make them tell you all their bad habits, and tell them all of yours. Then discuss to make sure you can cope.

Overall, it’s important to be honest with your potential roommate about all your crazy habits BEFORE you sign the lease. Morgantown leases are hard to get out of, and if you’re roommate ends up being a psycho, you don’t want to be miserable. It’s important to address all issues of living & expenses. For those of you living in the dorms, don’t be afraid to get that “random roommate“,  he/she could end up being your best friend. I’d advise all future dorm dwellers to take the chance on someone random, only those in the dorms can complain and get new ones. Better to live with a random than ruin a friendship!

March 21, 2010 - Posted by | Tips, Uncategorized | ,


  1. […] blog about Morgantown Housing, which I just recently updated. Be sure to check the blogs about choosing a rooommate & a street review on Grant Avenue as well as the other fabulous posts from my colleagues. Aside […]

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  2. This post is something I think all people should really think about. Living with your best friend may not be what is best for everyone. Also, living with anyone may not be the best choice for some people. Let’s face it you’re not always going to get along, but it is best to chose a roommate that you have common intrests with so that you are not always at each others throats for little things.

    Comment by fromplaygroundstopantsuits | March 22, 2010 | Reply

  3. haha. Yeah I definitely agree about living with a good friend. That should be the person you complain about your roommate to.

    Comment by thereandback207 | March 28, 2010 | Reply

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