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Top Ten Things To Do For Your Roomie

How to be the best roommate ever.

Picture of me and my freshman and sophomore year roommate #twinning
Picture of me and my freshman and sophomore year roommate #twinning

Adjusting to college is hard, and it can be a lot harder if you don’t have a good relationship with your roommate. You two will be spending a lot of time together, so it can be good to surprise them and do them little favors. The smallest things can go a long way in making sure you stay friends throughout the whole year. Use some of these ideas to make your roomie’s day!

Take out their trash. If you’re already taking out yours, and you see theirs ready to go, just grab it! Taking out trash seems a lot more tiresome than it actually is so this will go a long way with minimal effort.

Bring them cookies from Lenoir. Cookies from Lenoir, aka the ambrosia of the gods. Snag a few soft M&M cookies and leave them on their desk for a sweet surprise.

Invite them to hangout with you and your friends. If you and your roomie ended up with different friends then inviting them to come along every once and awhile will give you the opportunity to have fun outside of the room.

Have a movie and takeout night together. Roomie date night is a fun way to spend a night in and give you time to bond over the newest episode of The Bachelorette, or a thriller if thats more your style. #TeamLuke

Ask them if they have any laundry. Just see if your roomie has a few shirts they want to throw in with your load, it can save them a lot of time, and they’ll probably return the favor later. #sharetheload

Vacuum their side too. If you’re already vacuuming it makes sense to just do their side too. In my opinion, it’s almost weirder if you don’t.

Surprise them with Yopo. Everyone loves Yopo, especially me, if you couldn’t tell from my other blog posts. So grab a kids cup of Oreo for a mere $1.77 and make their week.

Find out their favorite foods. If you want to leave them some treats when they’re having a bad day, find out their favorite candy and leave it on their desk! I found out my roomie loved M&Ms, and now we’re living together next year again. See how that works? P.S. If you’re reading this Kelly, I still love Reese’s.

Ask them about their day. After a hard day it’s nice to go home to someone who genuinely wants to hear about your day. So listen when they talk and soon you’ll find you look forward to getting the scoop at night.

Offer to help them study. If you’ve already taken the class, know the subject well, can read flashcards, or even just listen to them practice their presentation, then you can do this. And then one night when you’re cramming German vocabulary, you’ll find your roomie has your back too. #soulmates


Making Roomie Life A Bit Easier

Sharing about 200 square feet of space with someone day and night for an entire school year. It seems a daunting task, but some people, it seems, were born to live with a roommate. For the rest of us, it takes some getting used to. Start off on the right foot by recognizing these common causes of roomie spats ahead of time and avoiding them.

The unfortunate results of pent-up frustration: light saber battles.
The unfortunate result of pent-up roomie frustration: lightsaber battles.

The Ever-Present Sharing Question

Let me set the scene: you come home to your cozy room after a difficult test or several hours in the library, and all you can think about is the comforting, delicious chocolate bar you picked up from the Pit Stop yesterday, waiting for you on your shelf. But when you arrive, nothing is left but a few measly crumbs and that little bit of melted goodness stuck to the wrapper. We have arrived at the sharing question, and it doesn’t just apply to food. So what’s up for grabs when your roommate wants to use your stuff? Continue reading Making Roomie Life A Bit Easier

The Roommate Search

Roommates can be tricky – here are some tips to make sure you are set for move-in day.

How Do I Find a Roommate?

Incoming first-years are able to choose to room with someone they already know if they wish. Both students are to put down the name of their desired roommate on the Housing Application which is due May 15 on our housing website.

To meet other incoming first-years, students are encouraged to join the UNC Class of 2018 Facebook page where they can post a brief description about themselves and interact with other students. Recommended information to share includes: hometown, desired major, desired location on campus, activities you hope to get involved in on campus, thoughts about visitors, sleep schedules, etc. Continue reading The Roommate Search

Spring Room Changes

Photo of Ram Village apartment
December graduation creates new vacancies in Ram Village apartments for Spring semester.

Mid-year moving is easier than you think

There are different options if you are looking to make changes to your room assignment for Spring semester.

Option 1: You are studying abroad in the Spring or graduating in December 
Since you are graduating/going abroad, there is no cancellation fee for you! You just have to let Housing know by December 1 by emailing housing@unc.edu.  If you are going abroad, make sure to include a copy of your acceptance letter in the email!

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Roommate Series Part II: The Friend Roommate

My sophomore year I roomed with one of my best friends from home, Walt. Here we are before high school prom; I'm on the right, he's on the left.
My sophomore year I roomed with one of my best friends from home, Walt. Here we are before high school prom; I’m on the right, he’s on the left.

Living with friends, and keeping them

Though my first year at UNC living with Daniel was great, my second year I took the opposite approach to finding a roommate. It seems simple: You want to live with someone you really like and get along with, and no one fits that bill better than your friends, right? So not only did I decide to live with a friend, I decided to live with my best friend from back home, Walt, who I’d known my whole life.

I have to admit, I was almost just as nervous about living with one of my best friends as I was living with a stranger. I expected that the best-case scenario was that we’d get into a couple arguments, and the worst-case scenario was that we’d never speak to each other again after the year was over. After all, one of the best parts about living with someone I didn’t know was that when I was having problems with friends, I could get a break at home. Now I would not only have to get along with my friends, but I would have to live with consequences of having friend problems as well. I was a little bit worried about losing one of my best friends. Continue reading Roommate Series Part II: The Friend Roommate

Roommate Series Part I: Random Roommate

Overcoming the fear of living with someone new

My roommate Daniel (left) and me on Halloween night before going out on Franklin Street.

With those warm, beautiful summer days quickly approaching, I know many of my fellow Tar Heels will be taking lots of time out of their schedule to focus on the upcoming fall semester…yea, right. But hopefully sometime between that summer job and hot days on the beach, you’ll at least think about one thing for next year: your roommate.

If you’re an incoming first-year student, you may be excited about the opportunity to live with your friend from high school or worried about the idea of moving in with someone you’ve never met before. If you’re an upperclass student like me, you’re probably just hoping your friends won’t completely destroy your place next year or that your new roommate assignment isn’t a nocturnal bongo player.

However, don’t fear! Over the next week, I’ll be sharing the three very different roommate experiences I’ve had in my last few years here at UNC – a best friend, a roommate I’d never met and an international exchange student. Continue reading Roommate Series Part I: Random Roommate

Admitted Student Receptions

Were you just admitted to UNC?

Do you have questions about Housing or UNC in general? Housing staff will be traveling to area cities for the Admitted Student Receptions:

  • Wilmington – April 10 at 7 p.m., Hilton Wilmington Riverside
  • Fayetteville – April 11 at 7 p.m., Hilton Doubletree
  • Charlotte – April 15 at 7 p.m., Hilton Charlotte University Place
  • Greenville – April 16 at 7 p.m., Hilton Greenville
  • Triangle – April 17 at 7 p.m., Sheraton Imperial Hotel in RTP
  • Triad – April 18 at 7 p.m., Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons

There will be a program at the reception where current students and professors will speak about their experiences at Carolina.  After the program, there will be a Q&A session with many campus organizations. You can also meet fellow students who live in your area who are also attending Carolina. Maybe you’ll find your roommate or future best friend.

Humor Series Part I: Pranks

Invisible walls, burnt toast and Gumby

Sam in Gumby Costume
Me, as Gumby, on the P2P.

I don’t know about the rest of y’all, but coming to college was serious business for me. All of sudden I felt so much pressure, had so much responsibility, was overwhelmed with stuff to do and had so many people to see all the time.

It’s no coincidence that it’s in the college movie Van Wilder,  that we get the classic quote “Don’t take life too seriously, you’ll never make it out alive.”  There can be such a serious feel to class, work, friends and job searching that we never really stop and appreciate a good laugh.

Luckily laughter is out there, waiting at every moment!

Over the next few days, I’m going to try to highlight some of my favorite ways to find simple humor amongst the hustle and bustle of college life. Whether it’s a simple joke from a friend or a comedy sketch from online, I hope that my stories will help you lighten up and share the funny things have happened to you or that you’ve found.

Today’s topic is one that I have all too often been on the wrong side of – pranks.

Continue reading Humor Series Part I: Pranks

Your holiday home away from home

Decorating is worth the trouble

We put up lights around our room and put presents for each other under our little tree.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and one of my favorite parts of the holiday season is decorating for Christmas. I love all the lights and putting presents under the tree. And don’t worry, the beautiful decorations don’t have to be just for your house. Last year, my roommate and I had a blast decorating our room for the holiday season. Pick up some decorations while you are home for Thanksgiving break and enjoy turning your room into a winter wonderland.

 I would recommend lots of lights. You can put them around your windows, on your beds, and around your doors. They create a fun ambiance when you turn them on and turn the main light off. It’s fun to watch movies and drink hot chocolate while surrounded by warming glowing lights.

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A Happy Heeloween

My first Tar Heel Halloween experience

My friends and I (left) dressed as our favorite beverages in Morrison residence hall before venturing to Franklin Street on Halloween.

Halloween on Franklin Street: I’ve heard about the legendary event for years, but never knew exactly what it consisted of. As first years, my friends and I were eager to participate in the Carolina tradition, and we now know what a successful Heeloween is made of.

Costumes. There was talk of Halloween costumes months in advance. It’s tricky to come up with a costume that’s original, easily identifiable and not too complicated or expensive to make. After months of debate and a rainy, cold trip to Target, a few of my friends and I decided to go as our favorite beverages. I dressed as a coffee cup, my roommate was a juice box, and two of our other friends went as a Mountain Dew and a YooHoo. We made our costumes using poster-board, Sharpies and string.

Continue reading A Happy Heeloween