Choosing a roommate should not be entered into lightly. Students and seniors often have a roommate for companionship or to save money.

If you’re thinking of a roommate, you first need to decide if you want to room with a friend or a stranger.

Secondly, you’re going to want to live with someone who shares your common interests and has a similar budget. Having similar expectations can make life easier particularly when it comes to cleaning, paying for things and food. It also helps if you share similar sleep and studying habits.

Thirdly, whether they’re a friend or a stranger, you need open communication and some guidelines upfront. Some points to consider if you’re thinking of renting an apartment together:

  • Be mindful of who you invite over.
  • Address things when they’re little.
  • Create a chore list to prevent one person from doing all the work.
  • Establish who buys shared items and when, i.e. toilet paper.
  • Never borrow or use your roommate’s things without asking.
  • Treat your roommate like you want to be treated.
  • Split the bills and have everyone’s name on the lease and utility accounts.

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