3 Things to Look for in an Apartment Roommate

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If you are looking for an apartment, you may be considering getting a roommate to help with the bills. While having a roommate can have both pros and cons, you will be more likely to have a better experience if you find a roommate with all of the right qualities. Before choosing a roommate, it is important that you both have an understanding of what your expectations are. As a college student, I have had both positive and negative roommate experiences. Even though finding a roommate can be stressful, please try to have fun and look at it as a learning experience. If you follow the tips I’ve listed below, you will probably be able to find the perfect roommate for your new apartment!

Don’t Choose Your Friends!

This is one of the most important tips that I could possibly give! Do not choose to be roommates with any of your friends! Although this may seem like a good idea, it isn’t. Your best friend could have annoying living habits that you won’t discover until you guys have moved in together. If this is the case, these habits could cause arguments between you two. To prevent this from happening, it’s best for you all not to live together. You don’t want to ruin a great friendship over an issue that could have been prevented! Please, do not move in with any of your friends.

Conduct A Roommate Interview

As weird as this may sound, it has to be done. In order to determine what type of person you may be living with, it is essential for you to conduct a roommate interview. This interview can be done over the phone, but I prefer in-person interviews. This way, you will be able to see if the person is genuine about their responses by viewing their body language. During this interview you should ask about their work schedule, how many and how often they’d like to have company, health concerns, drinking, drugs, or smoking, and loud music habits. Although this interview may be hard, it is necessary. Asking the hard questions now will prevent you from being uncomfortable in your home later.

Expectations

Once you’ve chosen your roommate, it will then be time to set the expectations with he or her. You and your roommate should expect the same amount of effort and respect from each other. You guys should also choose to contribute the same amount of household needs to the home. Before the move in date, you guys should have a talk to ensure that you understand fairness and accountability. This conversation should include the price of the rent, the day the rent is due, the cost of other utilities, if and how food will be separated, along with many other topics. If it makes you feel more comfortable, you can enforce a 3-month probationary period. If your roommate does not follow the rules for the first 3 months then they automatically will need to find a new place to live.

Once you’ve covered all these grounds, it will then be time for your roommate to move in. If you’ve followed all of these tips, you and your roommate will most likely have a great experience. If there are some tips or topics that I’ve forgotten to leave out, please feel free to add them to your personal roommate journey. When finding a roommate, please remember that your safety is most important. Never choose to pick a roommate out of desperation. If you don’t feel safe or comfortable, continue to look for a roommate, eventually, the right candidate will come along!

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