Getting to Know You: Fun Ways to Connect With Your Roommate

April 9, 2021

There’s just no getting around it: The beginning stages of any relationship, be it platonic or romantic, can be a little awkward. For new roommates, this fact is only amplified by the fact that you’re not just forging a bond, you’re also learning to cohabitate! Here are a few ways to make the process a little more comfortable and stress-free.

  1. Set boundaries. Nip any potential arguments in the bud by laying out some ground rules. For example, you could come to an agreement about topics like quiet hours, cleaning, grocery shopping, and decorating. Speak honestly and candidly about your pet peeves and preferences. Try to do this as soon as possible after you move in so that you share a mutual understanding from the get-go.
  2. Play games. Don’t underestimate the power of games when it comes to bringing people together! Whether you decide on a board game, a card game, or something else, the friendly competition is sure to bring you together. Bonus points if you choose a nostalgic game that inspires you to reveal some details about your childhood.
  3. Explore the area. If you’re both new to the area, set aside some time to explore your new neighborhood. You might even create a bucket list of things to do or places to see in your new city. Doing so as a united front will help make the new setting a little less intimidating while creating shared memories.
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