Having a Roommate: Making it Work

 Most of us share a room with a roommate at one time or another.

Living so closely with a stranger can be heaven or hell. What can we do to make the experience better?
Many colleges make prospective roommates fill out a questionnaire before they are assigned to one another.

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The questionnaire might ask things like:

  • Are you a morning or a night person?
  • How quiet are you?
  • How do you feel about music being on while you study?
  • How do you feel about guests in the room?
  • How do you feel about guests who stay the night?
  • How neat are you?
  • What are your hobbies?

The questionnaires might also ask some things that might surprise you.

They might ask:

  • Would you be comfortable with an LGBT roommate?
  • How do you feel about drug and alcohol use?
  • Would you be comfortable with a roommate who was religious?

Although personal, these questions are trying to make sure that you share similar values and habits with your roommate. Their purpose is to avoid future conflict.

You can practice your listening by watching this funny video about roommates: 

You can practice your English more by answering the questionnaire yourself. Then, work together with a friend and interview each other about your answers.


  • prospective= possible, maybe in the future
  • a questionnaire= a survey, a list of questions
  • be assigned to= be matched together
  • LGBT= lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender
  • values= things you believe are important
  • conflict=tension, disagreement, fighting