Roommate Request and Selection

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Recent research conducted with current NAU freshmen regarding roommate relationships indicated a direct correlation between how well roommates got to know each other prior to living together with their overall roommate satisfaction. We encourage you to take advantage of the time you have now to communicate and get to know potential roommates to help you find and select your best match.

Initiating contact

You can message potential roommates through the housing portal to start getting to know each other. While talking to a potential roommate can be intimidating, it can also be a lot of fun as you continue to share information and meet someone new. To help you start the conversation, use the template below for your initial email to a potential roommate:


Hello <screen name>!

My name is <first name>.  I saw your profile in the housing portal as a potential roommate match and wanted to see if you’re interested in talking some more.  I’ve answered some of the suggested questions below to share some initial information about me.

1. Where are you from/hometown?
Ex: I’m originally from Denver, CO but moved to Glendale, AZ when I was in 6th grade. While I’ve enjoyed living here, I’m excited to get back to the mountain air! 

2.  Why did you choose NAU?
Ex:  I’ve known a few people from high school who have gone to NAU and they love it! When I visited Flagstaff and the campus it seemed like a great fit with friendly people. I’ll be away from home but close enough to head back every once in a while if I need to.

3.  What is your major?
Ex: I’m a Computer Science major.  I’ve always liked computers and math, and I’ve developed a few apps. I haven’t decided if I’ll have a minor yet, but I want to explore a few options. 

4.  What are some of your hobbies or interests?  How do you spend free time?
Ex. I love the outdoors – especially hiking and climbing, but I also enjoy developing apps and games. I usually hang out with friends on the weekends – movies, going out to eat or climbing.  My favorite TV shows are Breaking Bad, Big Bang Theory, and House of Cards.

That’s a little bit about myself.  If you’re interested, email me back with some of your responses.  I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

<first name> 


Suggested Questions

Where are you from/hometown?
Why did you choose NAU?
What is your major?
What are some of your hobbies or interests?  How do you spend free time?
Do you know anyone else who is going to NAU?
Night owl? Early riser?  How many hours do you typically sleep each night?
Do you take naps during the day?
What is okay for a roommate to do while you sleep? (TV, music, typing, gaming, talking on phone, etc.)
What kind of music do you like?  Preference for speakers or headphones?
Favorite TV shows, movies, books, games?
Do you have a boyfriend or girlfriend? If so, is s/he also going to NAU?
Do you have any siblings? What is your family like?
Do you have a job?
Do you drink/smoke/party?
How do you feel about alcohol/drugs?
Do you like sports?  Watching? Playing?
Activities you were involved with in high school?
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
What are you most excited about going to college?
What are you most anxious about going to college?
What are you ok with sharing?
How do you feel about guests/visitors in the room? How often? Same sex/opposite sex guests?
How often do you clean?  What is your definition of clean?
Time of day you like to study?  How much do you study?
How do you respond to stress?
Unique habits?
How often do you talk on the phone/Skype/FaceTime?
How do your friends describe you?
Goals for college?

We encourage you to pick 4-5 questions to start with while introducing yourself. Start with some “lower-risk” questions for your initial email. Then as you continue to correspond, ask the other questions to build on what you’re learning about each other. Exchange phone numbers and chat over the phone – this will help you to get a great sense about how well you connect. It’s also important to note that even if you already know the person you plan to live with, it is still critical to discuss these questions.  Knowing someone from high school – whether a best friend or an acquaintance – is not the same as living with that person!