Due to COVID-19 and remote learning conditions, it’s been difficult for many new students to meet their Wolfpack and make new friends during the 2020-2021 academic year. Consequently, finding a roommate for the upcoming year might seem extra daunting.
If you’re in search of roommates for the 2021-2022 academic year, try out some of these tips from University Housing staff:
- Attend one of University Housing’s “Speed Friending” events. In February, University Housing is hosting several virtual and in-person (following the Community Standards and CDC COVID-19 safety guidelines) events to help students meet potential roommates. Learn more here.
- Use the StarRez roommate matching tool built in to the room selection application. Answer basic questions about your lifestyle and get matched with others who provided similar answers.
- Talk to your resident advisor (RA), Village mentor, etc. about virtual and in-person events happening in your building or community this semester, and make sure to talk to others who attend. You can also check the university calendar for social opportunities and events that allow you to meet and interact with others.
- Get to know your classmates outside of class. Form study groups and try to start a conversation with individual classmates outside of class time. You might have more in common than you think!
- Use social media to communicate with people. Search for groups, accounts or message boards with members of your class year, major, department, etc.
Starting the Conversation: Questions to Ask Potential Roommates
When talking with a potential roommate, be sure to ask about their lifestyle and habits to see if they’re a good match for you.
Here are some icebreaker questions and other important information to consider when choosing a roommate:
- Why did you decide to come to NC State?
- What’s your major and what are your involvements on campus?
- What are your hobbies and interests?
- How much time do you typically spend (or anticipate you’ll spend) in your room?
- What’s your ideal room temperature?
- What time do you usually go to bed and wake up?
- Do you smoke?
- Do you like to have friends over often?
- How do you like to spend your free time and weekends?
- How early is too early to watch TV, play video games, play instruments, etc. in a shared space? How late is too late?
- How organized/neat do you like to keep your room?
- What’s your primary mode of communication with roommates? (i.e. in-person, by phone/text, by social media, etc.)