While we thought the challenges stop after acquiring that dream job or university, we all know very well that making new friends, especially in new and unfamiliar surroundings can be intimidating. Having to live with a new roommate can always be a challenge, especially if you don’t know them beforehand. Starting off on a good note and getting along with people who you live with can always make life easy. This is why we have come up with 6 ways on how to get comfortable with roommates.
You probably have a dozen concerns and questions running in your head about meeting or getting to know your new roommate: Will he/she like me? What will we talk about? What if we don’t have anything in common?
Well, we are here to help. Below are a few tips we have conjured up for all on how the first-time meeting doesn’t have to be awkward and on how to break the ice with your new roommate at Roomsoom.
Explore Your New City Together
Getting together outside of your PG is always a good idea as a common hangout place will allow you both to let down your guard and get to know each other better.
Picking out a restaurant/club, mall or any spot with actual seating and an atmosphere that is contributory to conversation will help you learn so much about each other by the end of the evening…and who knows, you might even have a new best friend!
Have A Positive And Friendly Attitude
Once your roommate moves in, it is important to always have a good attitude and a smile on your face. People who smile are considered more friendly and this makes it easier to approach them than those who appear long-faced and cold. So even if you aren’t open to new change, try to smile your way through the day. This simple step helps to ease any nerves or tension between you and your roommate on the moving day and clearly solves your problem about how to get comfortable with roommates.
By asking your new roommate questions about his/her life, about family, about past experiences with previous roommates will help getting a clear understanding of him/her. Additionally, you will learn common interests, which in turn brings a new opportunity to get to know each other better.
Having a nice chat over a hot cup of coffee or a nice cooked meal can definitely create a positive impact on your new roommate and this leads to bonding for life! What you cook, doesn’t really matter. It’s the thought that matters at the end of the day.
Cooking along with your roommate can also help to understand each other’s cultures and hey! Who doesn’t want to up their cooking skills any day?
Make A Playlist
In today’s generation, music helps define a person and helps to relate to other people as well. Recent studies from the University of Edinburgh suggests that the type of music one prefers may actually lead to clues about their personality.
So, if you want to have a good bonding experience, create that Spotify or Gaana list with all your favourite songs and blast away (well, not too loud that disturbs your neighbours) the music during some relaxing sessions.
Add Them On Social Media
Thanks to today’s technology, we can connect with almost anyone from anywhere in the world at any time. Through all of the different social media channels right from Instagram to Facebook, we have the opportunity to communicate with people we may have never met in real life.
If your roommate is on any social media platform, follow their handles to get a better insight of their lives which gives you a better understanding about their lifestyle and interests. This will give you new topics to talk about and maybe you two have common friends too to bond over! …Although, remember to keep it friendly and don’t creep them out.
Understand The Day’s Routine
If you want to know how to get comfortable with roommates, it is important to understand your roommate’s routine at the very beginning as to avoid any disturbance or slowing down of your day’s routine.
If the timings and activities don’t match, draw out a routine schedule which will help you avoid clashes. This will also give you a better understanding of how their day looks like.