Questions to ask your potential new housemate

Posted on February 18, 2015

These are questions to ask that would hopefully lead to a discussion about the topic. It is not meant to be a questionnaire for the applicant to complete.

Tell me about your past roommate experiences, good and not so good.

What are your hobbies?

What do you watch on TV?

What types of food do you eat most often at home?

What meals would you like to share, if any? Frequency?

What are your musical preferences?

How often do you listen and where?

What times of day and night?

Do you play an instrument?

Are you a sound sleeper?

How many times do you awaken during the night to go to the bathroom?

Do you shower at regular times? If so, when are they?

Daily, more often, or less often?

How many times would you want to have overnight guests?


Are you the type of person to walk in and throw your jacket on your bed or do you usually immediately hang it up?

What are your political views?

Do you get along with others who feel differently than you? If so, how do you do that?

What are your religious and spiritual beliefs?

How do you feel about people that feel quite differently than you on religion?

Do you easily get offended if someone speaks about your religion or deity in a manner of disrespect?

Have you been introduced to Myers-Briggs or DISC?

Would you be willing to sit down with a professional counselor after taking the test to learn details of how you and your roommates might view the same set of circumstances totally differently?

What chores to you enjoy, if any?

What chores or household duties do you dislike?

What is your financial situation?

Will you submit to a credit and background check?

What are the most important things to you in finding a compatible roommate?

Do you want to be accountable to your roommates for your behavior in and around the house?

What about for your behavior in general?

What are the causes of people getting angry at other people?

When someone gets mad at you, how to you react?

Are there any foods and odors that you don’t like?

What are your working and social hours?

What time do you get up and go to bed on weekdays and weekends?

What is your preference for sharing household goods like cleaning supplies, trash bags, etc?

How about dishes, cooking utensils, food?

Are you a coffee drinker? What style and how much do you drink in the mornings?

What alcoholic beverages do you prefer, if any?

How acceptable do you find smoking out-of-doors?

Do you have furniture that you would like to incorporate in the house outside of your bedroom.

How is it best to share one bathroom?
How often should a kitchen floor be vacuumed? Mopped?

Do you prefer working on one household chore alone or as a team?

Are you pro-gun, anti-gun or somewhere in between?

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