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Roommate Selection

Should I live with someone I already know or be assigned randomly?  Each arrangement has its own pro and con arguments.

Selecting a Friend or Classmate

  • You may feel more comfortable initially moving in with someone you know.
  • Being friends already can ease the logistics of arranging who will bring items and what you will share.
  • Being friends and living together are two different things.  Your friendship may actually make it more difficult to bring up concerns when you’re bothered.
  • Being roommates may put your friendship at risk.
  • If your roommate relationship goes well, then you have one good relationship. 

Being assigned randomly

  • You may be uneasy about moving in with someone who is a stranger to you.
  • Starting out as strangers gives you an opportunity to build a new relationsh from the start--a clean slate free of assumptions.
  • If your roommate relationship goes well, then you have a good roommate relationship AND a separate good friendship with another person.
  • If your roommate relationship is very challenging, then you have a challenging relationship, BUT you still have a separate good friendship with another person.