What to Look for in a Roommate:
If you’re done with dorm life and are ready for UCI off-campus housing, but you need a roommate, you should start thinking about a roommate finding checklist. What kind of person will fit with your personality? Consider these questions:
The Tidiness Factor
You need to ask yourself if tidiness is a deal-breaker. If you’re fine with crumbs on the counters, toothpaste in the sink and soda cans on the nightstand, then tidiness isn’t at the top of your list. However, if you need to live with someone who keeps their space perfectly tidy, cleanliness should be at the top of your checklist. Will dirty dishes and laundry get on your nerves? If so, make sure to bring up how important cleanliness habits are with your prospective roommate before signing on the dotted line. Who knows? Maybe they’ll have the same concerns and it will be a match made in heaven!
Do Opposites Attract?
Ideally, for student life, you want a roommate who shares the same interests, or has a schedule that won’t negatively impact your lifestyle. For example, if you’re an early riser, you may not want to live with a loud night owl. Do you want to find a roommate who likes the same sports teams or has the same interests, or would you rather just pass like ships in the night? Try to know the answer to this question before looking for your potential match.
Are You Looking for a Friend, or a Roommate?
One thing to keep in mind, is what type of relationship you expect from your roommate. Some people go into the roommate search also hoping to find a new BFF. While this is a nice idea, you’ll want to make sure the person you find is open to it. If not, things can get a little tense. If you’re moving to Irvine from another city or state, are you searching for a new partner in crime to explore Orange County with? Or are you the kind of person that is just looking for someone to share space with to cut down on living expenses–you spend most of your time with your own group of friends anyway?
If you are single and looking for someone to go out with you on weekends and spend loads of time with, you may want to find a single roommate. If you like your space, a great tip is to get a roommate who has a significant other. That way, they are often away. However, the downside is that the significant other could always be at your apartment… so basically you’re getting two roommates but only one is paying. Choose wisely!
To Share or Not to Share…
If you’re still reeling over that last roommate who ate your leftover pizza, it might be good to lay some ground rules when it comes to sharing food, appliances, etc. Are they bringing household appliances? If yes, make sure they are OK with you using them as well. The worst thing that you could fight about it with your roommate is why you have been using the Keurig pods when the Keurig machine was not supposed to be communal in the first place. (Tip: take turns buying the pods.)
Many apartments come with:
- Dual master bedrooms
- Laundry facilities, some in-home
- Two parking spaces or private garage with remote
- Two-story townhome options available
- Ultra high-speed Internet exclusively provided by Cox Gigablast℠
Experience better college living outside of the fishbowl of dorm life. And get matched with a roommate today! Call 844.442.6790 or schedule a tour online today!