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How to handle living with roommates

It is always an adjustment to live with someone new. Finding the right roommate can be difficult, but if it’s the right person, it’ll be worthwhile for both of you. So, the question is: What should you look into when searching for a new roommate?

Reach outside your circle of friends.

I have had many friends break up with their best friends after rooming with each other during college. When you room with a person, you get a different glance at their character. This often leads to friends’ differences being put out in the open, making them realize that they might not like the other person’s way of living. Try branching out from your usual buddies. Avoiding living with good friends almost always turns out better for both parties. 

What’s your budget?

This is an important detail to think about when looking for someone to live with because money becomes a problem when no one knows how to plan for rental costs. Find out what your potential roommate’s budget is, figure out what location is best for your price range and find a great place that works for both of you.

Scope out their lifestyle.

You want to know how your potential roommate lives: What’s their sleep schedule like? How tidy do they keep their space? Do they frequently go out with friends or do they stay in? Do they watch television or study a lot? These are detailed questions to consider asking. How your roommate lives will greatly affect how your own mental and physical well-being will fare during your time together.

What do you have in common?

You can tell a lot about a person based on what they enjoy. What’s their major? What kind of music do they listen to? Is there a book they read over and over again? Where are they from? Having at least a few things in common with a roommate allows your relationship the possibility to grow into a friendship.

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