As we all know, we can significantly decrease our housing costs by splitting the rent with a roommate or two. While moving in with another person sounds like a great idea, finding and deciding on the perfect roommate can be a challenge if you don’t know how to go about it.
Here are some tips to help you reach out, identify solid candidates and make the best possible choice for a roommate:
Finding a Roommate
Living with a friend might seem fun, but it also has the potential to put a considerable strain on the relationship. In fact, some of the characteristics that make someone a good friend may not qualify them to be a good roommate. Consider looking for someone outside of your immediate circle to cohabitate with.
For example, if you’re enrolled in school, think about living with a fellow classmate. It’s a common practice because living with someone who’s going through the same challenges as you can help bring a sense of unity and camaraderie to your home. Another option is to use a roommate-finding app like SpareRoom, Roomi or Roomster.
Choosing a Roommate
Now that you know how to find a roommate, it’s time to narrow down your choices and make your pick. You want to live with someone whose lifestyle compliments your own. Although it’s perfectly fine to have a few differences, you should be on the same page on most things such as chores, guests, finances, sleep schedules, etc.
There are certain tough questions to ask so you can better ensure you’re compatible including things like: Do you smoke? How often do you host guests? How do you feel about loud music? Although it may feel uncomfortable asking these questions, it’s important to know the facts before making a commitment to live with a person.
Finding a great roommate to share your great apartment with can be a fun experience that can even lead to lifelong friendships. If you’ve successfully found roommates, share your story below. We’d love to hear about it.