Choosing A Roommate
Roommates—scary thought, isn't it? If you don't know the person
well, there's really no way you can find out except by trial
and error...but here are some things to consider:
- Do you want a place to study or party or equal bits of
- Find out what a prospective roommate's habits are. Does
he or she smoke (or do you)? What about alcohol or drugs?
- Ask about tastes in music—does classical or world beat
music set your teeth on edge? If so, make it known.
- Are you a homebody or do you prefer going out? How about
that prospective roommate?
- In the same vein, are you an early riser or a night owl?
If the former, avoid the latter...unless you decide in advance
to establish designated quiet hours.
- Overnight guests—yes, no, special occasions? This is an
important thing to plan ahead for...especially if your place
is rather small. There's nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable
in your own apartment if your roommate has frequent uninvited
guests. Especially if they empty the fridge or commandeer
the TV remote.
- Borrowing, does it bother you or could you just not care
less? This includes not just clothing but computer or computer
time, books, etc.
- Be sure your new roommate is financially responsible.
Remember, it may be your name on the lease which makes you
legally liable to pay the full rent. Whatever your budget,
rent and utilities should come first.
- Pets? If you don't like pets or are allergic or like
some pets but not others make it known right out.
And once you've found someone you think you could possibly
live with, then you must have "the talk". Read
for finding a roommate.