Traditions To Start With Your Roommate In Your First Post-College Apartment


Okay, don’t panic… but you’re an ADULT now *shivers*. Yep, you’ve graduated from college, you’ve got your big-boy/big-girl job, and you’re ready to move into your first post-college apartment. Although this is quite possibly one of the scariest moments of your life, it’s also one of the most exciting. You get to decorate your first home, you get to live as an adult for the first time in your life, you get to eat pizza whenever and wherever you want (i.e all day, everyday) and there’s a high chance you get to spend the next few years learning the ropes of adulthood with an epic roommate and friend. Yet, no post-college apartment would be complete without a tradition or two…

Cleaning day

Sweepy, sweepy. Dusty, dusty. It all needs to be done. While you were at college, you probably got away with leaving your dorm in a dirty and dusty state before it became a health and safety risk and you just had to clean it. However, when you move into your first post-college apartment, you’ll find that you take a huge amount of pride in the cleanliness and tidiness of the whole place. Yet, rifts can appear when one person cleans all of the time, so work out a day between you and your roommate to dedicate to cleaning, and you can dance around with a vacuum in your hands together.

Pancake/Pizza Sundays

So the choice of food is down to you, but creating a tradition whereby you eat copious amounts of yummy food with your roommate is something you all need to do. Trust us. Naturally, our foods of choice would either be pancake or pizza, but the food is completely down to you. As it’s the weekend, this gives you a chance to really bond with your pal and even try to make the food from scratch. Of course, if you’re not a dab hand in the kitchen, we would advise ordering take-out instead, as you don’t want to be THAT person that burns down their first post-college apartment…

Holiday events

Hopefully, your new post-college roommate will be an added extra to your dysfunctional family, which means that you have to both get involved in holiday events and activities – it’s basically the law. One of the best ways to do this is to create a tradition whereby you celebrate and decorate your apartment for all of the major holiday. Decorate your tree and make gingerbread houses on Halloween, scare the bejeezus out of each other with fake spiders during Halloween, and stuff the biggest turkey you can buy on Thanksgiving. It’ll feel like home in no time.

Movie nights

Pajamas, pillow forts, pizzas, buckets of ice cream, candy, and Ryan Gosling – what could be better? As you move into your post-college apartment, you’re probably a little scared about being a full-grown adult, so you sometimes have to take it back to your childhood and hide within your pillow fort for a couple of hours a week. If you can do this with your roommate in tow, it makes the whole thing much more fun, and much less embarrassing. So, don your comfiest pajamas, find the best rom-com that will make you cry your eyes out, and relax.

Exercise days

We’re not sure who these people are that actually enjoy exercising, but we feel like we just couldn’t be friends with them. However, we do understand that being active and exercising more than once every three years is kind of important – so why not start a new tradition with your roommate to have an exercise day each week? You could go for a run; you could go to a yoga class, you could go to spin class or even just a brisk walk around the park. You can do it!

Your first post-college apartment is one that you will remember for the rest of your life, and creating epic traditions with your roommate will make the whole experience even more fun – just remember the three Ps: Pizza, Pillow Forts, and Pajamas.