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Choosing a Roommate for Freshman Year

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Two UMass students at homecoming. Text: "Who Will I Live With? - Tips for finding the perfect roommate"
Having a roommate freshman year is part of the UMass experience, and it’ll be the first time a lot of students are away from home and are living with someone who isn’t their family. I was quite nervous about what I was going to do for a roommate but ultimately decided to room with a childhood friend. There are many ways to find potential roommates, and you shouldn’t be nervous or anxious when finally living with one. Here are some those ways and the benefits of each.

Random Roommate

Many students opt for finding a random roommate, but it is the one that causes the most concern. What if I don’t get along with my roommate? What if my roommate is horrible to live with? Lots of questions are raised when relying on a randomized system but in reality, having a random roommate could be one of the best things. I have a close friend who opted to live with a random roommate freshman year. In junior year they are still good friends and are still living together. Living with a completely new person gives tons of experiences and learning tools that will help you grow and develop as a student and as a person. Not to mention it will widen your social circle and be a great opportunity to meet new people.

Using Social Media

Another great way to find a roommate is to use social media. In today’s society, using social media like Facebook is an excellent way to connect to people no matter where they are. Incoming students often create groups in order to communicate and collaborate in preparation. Another friend of mine found her freshman year roommate on Facebook, and they are now very close friends. The benefits of choosing this route is that it won’t be a totally random person and you will have a chance to talk and get to know the person before deciding to room with them. 

Rooming With a Friend

I decided to room with a childhood friend because it was someone I already knew, we never had problems in the past, and I knew he was a very tidy and responsible person. In addition, we didn’t grow up going to the same school so our social circles were somewhat different. By choosing to live with him, I was able to meet new people and still be comfortable with living with a roommate. Some students worry that rooming with a hometown friend will limit their chances of meeting new people, but that’s not the case at all. As long as there is an effort to get out there and discover new things, there are tons of new people to meet on campus. 
Overall, choosing a roommate can be a daunting thing, especially freshman year, but there are various ways to go about it. Depending on your preference and personality it might be better to choose one way over another. Regardless, having a roommate is only a slice of the UMass experience and there is a lot more to look forward to when attending.


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