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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Siena chapter.

Finding the perfect roommate can be both challenging and a little nerve-racking; especially if this is the first time you’re doing so. It is important to pick an ideal person to live with because your room should not just be a place to sleep. Choosing the perfect roommate will allow you to excel in all aspects of your college life, including school, work, and social activities. People should be able to feel comfortable in their own room and feel as if their roommate is family. Even though it isn’t necessary to do everything with your roommate, you should feel at your best when your roommate is present. Having the perfect roommate changes everything! Here are a few steps to get your greatest year yet started off!

1.) Lose your old habits. Remember that is important to identify your ‘not-so-nice’ qualities and try to put them behind you. This might be a great time to start fresh and try to be the best version of yourself! Showing your best qualities will not only make you a better roommate, but will also attract the positive and honest people that you want in your life.

2.) Be prepared to share! Think about the items that you really want to keep private and store them in a location that only you will see. Remember that anything out in the open will probably be seen, or even used by your roommate. Prepare yourself now to be open about sharing to prevent the sour attitude later.

3.) Think about the type of person you want to live with. Are you a night owl? Do you like to have guest over? These are all the types of questions you should be asking yourself when thinking about your future roommate. Deciding to live with someone who has the same living style as yourself is key to finding the best living situation on campus.

4.) Talk to your friends! These people know you the best and won’t suggest anyone that they wouldn’t live with themselves. Great roommates come from great friends; so if you know anyone in search of a roommate, ask them first! Chances are, it’ll work out.

5.) Meet with your potential roommate first! Most problems can be solved through a quick conversation about living styles. If this person is not a great fit for you, this conversation will help immensely and prevent you from getting into a bad living arrangement. Remember it is a lot easier to have this conversation than to move in with someone who is not a good fit! The right roommate will make the year so much better!