Most of the time, moving into your first apartment means moving in with a roommate or two to share the expense (and have some fun!). But, finding the roommate can just be the beginning! If your new roommate is a new friend, acquaintance, or someone you didn’t know prior to the apartment, you should find some time to invest in getting to know them!
Here are some quick and easy ideas to get to know your new roommate. Soon enough, you’ll be bonded for life!
Have a quick “meeting” to level set expectations
Right when you move in, schedule time with your new roommate to talk about big things, like bills, guests, cleanliness, etc. This meeting will help you both understand what the other expects from living together in the apartment.
Spend a night in and cook together! Fancy meals can be a fun way to break the ice and try something new together.
Host a “favorite movie day”
More into chilling out? Head to the grocery store for snacks then settle on the sofa and watch each of your favorite movies! This will not only be a relaxing day, but will teach you more about your roommate’s preferences and should give you some laughs along the way.
Take a walk in your new neighborhood
Nothing improves mood like a little exercise! Explore your new area with your roommate by taking a walk. Ask them questions or just enjoy each other’s company in quiet.
Invite your new roomie to join your favorite activity
Share your favorite things with them! Whether you go to a kickboxing class every week, hit the local farmer’s market on Saturdays, or go out with friends on the weekend, consider inviting them to join you in an activity you love that may also interest them! The invitation will demonstrate you’re interested in spending time with them… and you get to do something you like to do!
Much like exercise, volunteering is a great feel-good activity to do with friends and new friends. Ask your new roommate if they have a charity they’re passionate about or join a local opportunity with your roommate!
And remember, you don’t have to be best friends with your new roommate. The goal of getting to know them is ensuring you both have a positive experience living together and can enjoy each other’s company. Think over these ideas, then get chatting with your roomie!