Indoor games are a fun way to spend time with your roommates, especially when the weather’s terrible or there’s a global pandemic. Playing indoor games also is a great way to get to know each other and quickly figure out if you’re in the right roommate situation. Here are some ideas for your next roommate get-together:


A smartphone or tablet is all you need to play indoor games. Popular games like Heads Up! are available to download to Apple and Android devices. In Heads Up! a player holds the phone to her forehead while the rest of the team acts out what’s on the screen. The player has a minute to guess what the screen says, and the game records a video of the rest of the team acting. Other multiplayer apps include the following:

  • 5-Second Guess
  • For the Culture
  • Jeopardy! World Tour
  • Scattergories

Classic Indoor Games

Rather go hands-free then use a phone? Think back on your childhood and remember the games you used to play with your friends:

  • Two Truths and a Lie: Players take turns stating two truths and a lie about themselves. The other players try to guess which statement is a lie.
  • Name That Tune: This game is a great way to learn about your roommates’ music preferences and knowledge. Just break out your playlists.
  • Truth or Dare: When playing in your apartment, just make sure the dares can be done inside and without breaking anything.
  • Charades: You can start the game by putting words on pieces of paper in a hat. Then players draw when it’s their turn. Or players can make up a word when it’s their turn. Each player acts out their word, and the person who guesses correctly wins that round. You can play individually or split into teams.
  • Never Have I Ever: Each player takes a turn by proclaiming, “Never have I ever [insert activity, achievement, embarrassing accident, etc.].” Players who haven’t done the thing mentioned raise their hands, drop a finger, etc. You can find a comprehensive list of questions here.

Board and Card Games

When all else fails, you can’t beat a board or card game to cure boredom. There are classics, like Monopoly, Scrabble, Clue, and Risk, but the options are limitless:

  • Twister Scrabble
  • Do You Know Me?
  • Cards Against Humanity
  • The Voting Game
  • Blackjack
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Pass the Pigs Dice Game
  • Poker
  • Spades
  • Rummy

Playing indoor games, whether board and card games, apps, or one of the classics, is a perfect way to have fun with your roommates while getting to know each other. Let us know how it goes!