How to Bring Home a Date When You Have a Roommate

Having a date over to your place for the first time is nerve-racking enough without having to worry about your embarrassing roommate.


  • Step 1: Tell roommate Tell your roommate that you will be bringing a date home. Hopefully, this will ensure that you don’t happen upon any unwanted surprises.
  • Step 2: Establish a code Establish a code that you’ll use when you want the roommate to excuse himself. Ideally, it should be a phrase that will flow smoothly into the conversation, like, 'Would you like something to eat?'
  • TIP: Speaking of food, make sure your roommate knows that the fine Champagne and goose liver pate in the fridge are not for him.
  • Step 3: Forewarn your date Forewarn your date about any of your housemate’s weird traits and tics. It helps if they’re prepared for the worst.
  • TIP: This is your opportunity to blame anything embarrassing about your dwelling—like the stained carpeting or garbage bin brimming with beer cans—on your roomie.
  • Step 4: Find things in common Come up with a few things your date and your roommate have in common so you won’t face awkward silence once the introductions are made.
  • TIP: Have roommate present snacks & drinks Have your roommate present the snacks and drinks with an ease that says, 'We enjoy this civilized ritual every night.'
  • Step 5: Laugh at roomie's expense Enjoy a few laughs at your roomie’s expense when he leaves the room. Unwarranted cruelty is always a great way to bond.
  • FACT: In one poll, 12% of renters said they liked having a roommate so much they wouldn’t rent without one.

You Will Need

  • Careful planning
  • Diplomatic skills
  • A little luck
  • Some snacks and drinks to offer your guest

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