First time living with someone you’re not related to!
When I went to school, there was no way to find out who my roommate was until the day I got to school. The anticipation was high – would I like her? Would we be best friends? Would we both like to do the same things, join a sorority, stay up late? Would we be a roommate match? These days it’s soooo much different. There are websites, FB pages, group texting and much more for students to pick their roommates and get to know them.
Some students choose to live with their friends from high school. Living with friends gives you the comfort of knowing that person and their personality. But here’s a warning: a lot of friends that live with each other don’t end up staying friends. That may sound extreme but think about it. Going to college is the chance to reinvent yourself and to put yourself out there. You will be meeting new people and will probably find that your interests change. My daughter did not want to live with friends and actually, most of her friends were not going to UNF which made her decision that much easier.
When my daughter got accepted to UNF, one of the first things she did was a search for UNF Class of 2022 (or your child would enter the year they will graduate UNF) Facebook roommate group. Apparently, groups like this are something that high school seniors are aware of. This Facebook group is like any other FB group, filled with people who are searching for the same thing, in this case, a UNF dorm roommate. There were a lot of students on the page and at first, she really didn’t find anyone that she connected with and was a bit discouraged. However, after a few weeks, she found a girl that she really liked and wanted to live with. They starting texting, sending pictures of dorm decorating ideas and just getting to know each other.
Fortunately for my daughter, this process was easy and she wound up finding a roommate that she likes. They have different interests and belong to different groups and have different friends but they are respectful of each other and have a nice relationship. There are some other sites that offer help with UNF roommates Roomsurf.com, NFUloop.com.
Pay attention to UNF housing request dates! Sign-ups fill up fast and if you are going to request a certain roommate, then you both must have all steps completed at the same time. The Housing Application questions and information can be found here. Keep checking back for the semester dates that apply to you. If your student’s roommate is a match made in heaven, then great! But if it’s not, remember that a year of college goes by super-fast.