Tips For Choosing your Roommate

Written by Jesus Salvatierra on Thursday, 22 June 2017. Posted in Student Life

College is an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. Starting college can be a bit intimidating, especially if it's the fist time ever leaving the comfort of your own home. For many of you, this is the first time living with people that are not your family. So how do you ensure that you are placed with a roommate that is compatible with your lifestyle?


To start off, Be honest on your Tropicana Student Living housing application. There are questions on the application that help Tropicana staff members place you in the Suite with the most compatible roommates and suitemates.


Secondly, know your habits and know your likes and dislikes. Know what you might find irritating and pet peeves.

The questionnaire is designed to place you with individuals that have similar lifestyle. Don’t respond inaccurately just because you believe it’s a popular answer, the more honest you are with your answers, the more likely you will be placed with people who are compatible with you.


Having a good roommate can make or break your year, so it is extremely important that you find someone you’re compatible with. It does not necessarily have to be a match made in heaven, but it’s important to find people you can actually live with. Taking the time to think about what you are like as a roommate and what you would like your roommate to be can save you major headaches in the future.


Here are some questions you’ll want to keep in mind while filling out your profile questions:

-Do I mind having people over?

- How do I feel about partying and drug use?

- Do I listen to music loudly?

- Am I a clean person/What are my cleaning habits?

- Am I night owl or a morning early bird?

- Do I plan on getting all of my studies done in the room or will I take care of it in the study lounge and library?

- Am I planning to go out every weekend and coming home late when people are potentially sleeping?


These are just a few questions that you will have to think about when you are filling out the application. Remember that the more honest you are during the application process the more likely you are to getting roommates that you like and will get along with. Now that you have thought about and written some of your lifestyle habits down, it is time think about your interest and passions.


Once your housing contract is finalized and you are granted access to the online roommate matching, use your Roommate Profile to your advantage to find like-minded individuals.

-Are you an outdoor person or a homebody?

-Do you love to exercise?

-What’s you’re favorite sport to play(if any)?

-Do you watch TV?

- What books do you enjoy?

- What is your dream job?


 Be sure to write a descriptive profile that you think best sums up who you are as an individual.  Now, maybe none of this applies to you. Perhaps you have a friend from back home who is also coming to Santa Barbara and you’ve already decided to pair off together. This is totally fine, but just do so with caution. Just because someone you know is a great friend, it does not mean they’re going to be a great roommate. Be sure to have some conversations about your expectations before moving in together. Have a list of your habits and lifestyle and be ready to discuss your expectations when moving together. I know this conversation might seem unnecessary but it is vital to having a good living experience and will make your college experience that much more enjoyable.


Remember, this is the first time you get to pick your roommate, so choose wisely! If you do end up getting into a conflict of any sort learn to discuss the issues honestly and openly before they grow of proportion. Having honest talks about cleaning habits and study hours are an excellent way to ensure all suitemates are happy with the living situation.



For a step-by-step guide on how to use Tropicana Garden’s online roommate matching, click here

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