Some people choose to room with someone from high school, maybe a best friend or just someone that they know well enough, in an effort to ensure that they will like their roommates. Others room with random roommates, providing a situation to meet new people. Many debate whether or not to live with someone you know – I roomed with two girls I didn’t know and ended up meeting tons of people that way. No, we were not best friends, but we got along well enough to hang out and live together. I ended up learning a lot about myself and meeting other friends for a lifetime.

I personally believe that living with random roommates will help you to grow and develop as a college student. Living with high school friends can often restrict a student from meeting new people. Don’t get me wrong – I know plenty of people who joined the same fraternity with their high school friends for example, but getting to know new people is a part of the college experience!

Let me know if you have questions about the roommate situation 🙂

Until next time,


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April 18, 2011, 3:04 pm

My best friend is still my first roommate from when I was a first-year undergrad student 🙂



April 21, 2011, 11:33 am


I am an international exchange student (from Belgium) for the fall semester 2011. I really like your blogs because there is a lot of useful information to be found. My question (a little off-topic) is which dorm would fit me? I will be in my third year of business when I arrive at UIUC. So I assume that this is called a junior in the USA? I would prefer a dorm where I can meet a lot of new people, which is also close to business classes. On the other hand, I don’t wanna be entirely surrounded by freshmen because I also wanna have some time to study 😉 I have no idea if you are familiar with private housing? Is there a possibility to rent a room for just one semester in a private house? (I sent an e-mail to Bromley but only one year leases where possible). Or should I take apartments to live in?

I really hope you can help me.

Kind regard



May 2, 2011, 10:13 pm

I am a student, Mathematics, 2011 fall semester, from China. Very much like your blog, would like to hear your advice: I would want to facilitate the school hostel location, quiet, please help recommend, thank you.



May 3, 2011, 10:54 am

Hi Trisha,
I will be attending UIUC as a freshman this fall. I wanted to know that is it better to opt for Private Housing or University Housing for a freshman?
I would really like to make new friends and I don’t want to compromise my studies.



May 3, 2011, 11:25 am

Anirud, it depends on your living style. I personally never studied in my dorm because I prefer to study separately from my living space, so the Ikenberry Commons were fine. Private and University Housing each have their very social and very quiet dorms. Bromley seems to be a more social version for Private, whereas ISR is a quieter dorm within University Housing.



May 19, 2011, 5:31 pm

Hi all!
I’m the newly admitted graduate student and I would really like to find two guys I can share the house with. I heard there is a mailing list of UIUC students. Could you help me with this? Could you tell me what is the easiest way of finding roommates?