When it comes to roommates, it seems that bonding with them can be a terrible or wonderful venture, with nothing in between. So whether you dread spending time with your roommate who refuses to wear deodorant or look forward to hanging out with your homies, this list is for you.
1. Make Popsicle Stick Bracelets
Perhaps you’ve seen this idea on Pinterest, but it really is a cool idea. Simple, easy and cheap, making popsicle stick bracelets is a fun way to bond with your roommate without investing in an expensive or time-taxing activity.
Full directions can be found on Pinterest.
2. Go on a Road trip
I realize this activity may appeal to a certain audience, but going on a roadtrip is an excellent way to get to know someone. Whether you view sitting in the car with a stranger for a few hours as a good thing or a bad thing, close proximity allows for extraordinary interpersonal communication.
Feel free to check out this list of potential roadtrip topics.
3. Have a Bonfire
Hopefully your roommate isn’t pyrophobic or a pyromaniac, because having a bonfire (or any kind of fun, recreational and legal fire), is an exceptional way to talk and get to know one another. Fire is incredible due to its dynamic nature. It gives everyone something to pay attention to without having any awkward silence.
Check out Google Maps or local parks for places to start a fire legally.
4. Embark on an Outdoor Adventure
Whether your university campus is located in the Arizona Desert or the Amazon Jungles, the outdoor activities are really limitless. In case you need ideas…
- White-water rafting
- Rock climbing
- Tree climbing
- Cliff diving
5. Spice Up Your Dishware
Decorative plates that your grandma got you from a superstore are cool and everything, but have you ever considered doing something crazy and different to make your dishware unique? Convince people of your creativity by following this super easy watercolor mug Pinterest tutorial.
6. Embellish Your Apartment
Are your roommates looking for some inexpensive ways to jazz up your apartment? Do odd things like taxidermied butterflies, chalkboard skulls, faux animal taxidermy and candles with teeth pique their interest? Then I must welcome you to the Cave of Creative Ideas.
I can’t think of a better activity to bond with your roommates over than taking junk and making it look classy. My sarcasm aside, upcycling is actually incredibly fun. Some of the best projects are made from everyday objects, such as grocery bags, old lamps, bike parts, car parts, hangers, keys, CDs, plastic and glass bottles, aluminum cans and more! The possibilities are nearly endless, and the projects are taxing in time and not in funds.
8. Talk It Out
If you find yourself in the “less creative” and “financially struggling” boat, then don’t worry; there’s still hope. Connecting and breaking the ice with your roommates doesn’t have to require a lot of time, money, or effort. Pick a spot around your apartment, outside, in a park, at a mutual friend’s house, whatever. Talk it out; talk about anything and everything.
I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you discover in your roommates.
9. Visit a New Restaurant or Store
Most college students usually stay in-state, but often students will travel still, being miles away from home. With that in mind, you’re probably in a foreign environment, where the city has existed long enough to develop its own quirky shops and restaurants.
Greek and East Indian restaurants are often delicious, but vastly ignored. Check out the restaurants and stores that are unique to your area. Visit local Saturday farmer’s markets or the swanky bookstore on the corner.
Explore! You’re in college, and the world is at your fingertips.
10. Participate in Glow-in-the-Dark Events
Are your roommates night owls? Do most of their activities include staying up late and being obnoxiously loud? Then you’ve come to the right place.
Fortunately for you broke college kids, glow sticks are generally inexpensive and can be purchased at the nearest dollar store. Throw glowsticks in a pool, play Sardines with them, or buy a glow-in-the-dark football/basketball/soccer ball, and you’ve got an instant party.
In this modern world of innovation, participating in exercise has never had so many possibilities. Hit the gym, attend a Zumba or cardio kickboxing class, join Crossfit or get lost in a weekly dance activity. Whatever gets you as a group up, moving and conversing, do it. Even if you discover a horrifying secret about your roommates, at least you’ve done something healthy for your body!
12. Cook or Bake Together
If you’re thinking this idea is entirely for Disney-obsessed sororities, you’d be wrong. Whatever your interests are, whether it includes extreme unicycling, roller derby or crocheting at home, you and your roommates can always make an exquisite dish.
Hold a dinner party or indulge yourself! Find incredible recipes on Pinterest. Sharing what you make is totally up to you.
13. Volunteer or Serve
If you’re a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, then finding ways to serve can be fairly easy. If you’re not a member, tons of volunteer opportunities are available in your area.
Volunteering in a marathon or race, planting trees, picking up litter, spending time with local shelter animals, investing your Saturday mornings at the soup kitchen or just doing small, neighborly deeds around your block are all great ways of getting to know your roommates and your community.
14. Take Up a New Hobby Together
Longboarding has become a popular interest among college students in Mormon culture, but you don’t have to have incredible balance and an edgy sense of style to become tighter with your mates. Try taking a dance class together, pick up watercolor painting or take up a group project such as working on a car, joining a club or a campus association or starting a diet together.
The possibilities are endless!
15. Watch a Movie or Show
Bonding with roommates while watching a favorite movie or show is inevitable. It’s cheap, it’s easy and it’s a great way to sit down with your roommates for a few hours and discuss a number of topics, whether the ideas are related to the movie or not.
I know I said I wouldn’t involve Netflix, but sometimes watching all six seasons of Parks and Recreation is the best way for you and your roommates to connect.
So get out there! Bond with your roommates, both eccentric and awesome! Through group activities, create connections that will last a lifetime.