College move-in day is inching closer and closer! That means that by now, you’ve probably gotten your roommate assignment. Living with a new roommate is beyond exciting, but it’s also nervewracking considering you might not know a thing about each other yet. With that in mind, we’re suggesting some ways to start getting to know your roommate before move-in day.
1. Add each other on social media.
We’re fairly certain this is the very first thing you did when you got your roommate assignment. If you haven’t, then get to it! Social media is such a natural way to reach out these days, and an Instagram or Facebook profile is an effortless place to start getting a feel for someone’s personality. You guys might not have each other’s numbers yet, so how about starting a convo in their DM’s and then exchanging that contact info?
2. If possible, plan a day to meet up in person.
If your school is far away, then move-in day might be the first chance you get to meet your roommate in person. That’s totally okay! But if you guys live within driving distance of each other, why not meet up for lunch or coffee one day? Texting is great, but it doesn’t have all the same perks that face-to-face interaction does. This will be a great chance to see how you guys vibe in person, and it’ll definitely get you guys pumped to make more memories once you’re officially living together.
3. See if you have any mutual friends.
Knowing some of the same people as your roommate can be seriously beneficial! It’s a great talking point, for one. You can always reach out to your roommate and say, “Hey, I saw that you know so-and-so. We were best friends in middle school!” That’s sure to fuel a few good stories and give you some common ground to relate about. You can also reach out to the mutual friends, as well. It doesn’t need to be anything invasive, just something as simple as, “I saw on Facebook that you know my new roommate, ______. Small world!” That’s enough to open the door for a more informative conversation.
4. Get to texting.
Texting is a pretty obvious way to get to know each other, but in this situation, there’s more involved than just talking about your interests. From figuring out who is bringing what, to establishing some general expectations, there’s a lot to discuss. If you don’t plan on meeting up in person before move-in day, chatting through text is the best way to knock out some essential roommate questions. You want this living situation to move along swimmingly! We suggest getting started with these 10 questions.
5. Tag each other in your favorite memes.
Okay, this one might not sound serious, but we stand by the fact that sharing a sense of humor is one of the best ways to bond! The next time you’re scrolling through Instagram and stumble across something you find hilarious (maybe something college or roommate related?), tag them! They’ll definitely enjoy laughing along with you, and will most likely start tagging you in posts, too.
What other ideas do you have? Share your thoughts in the comments below.