Follow these five steps for cohabitational bliss.
The semester will be over before you realize, and it will be time to start thinking about what you’ll be doing next school year.
If you’ve ever lived off campus, you know the struggle of trying to find a decent place to live and roommates to live with you.
If you’re going through the struggle, or soon will be, here are some tips on finding the perfect roommate.
1. Choose Wisely
If you don’t have to (or don’t want to) live with a stranger, don’t. If you have friends, or even acquaintances, looking for a place, see if you can room with them. Moving in with strangers isn’t always a bad thing, but living with someone new can be scary and awkward at first.
The strangers can either become your best friend or your worst enemy, so if you can move in with someone you already know you can skip the awkward stage and know where you stand.
Of course, moving in with your friends isn’t always the best option either. You may have several friends who you love dearly, but you have different views on certain things and if you lived with each other, you’d be miserable and arguing constantly.
All the pain and suffering you would go through isn’t worth ruining your friendship, so make sure you know that they’re the person you’d want to live with before you mention the idea of looking for an apartment together (or go to sign a lease together).
2. Stranger Things
If you decide to move in with a stranger or you are forced to do so, get to know them first. Ask more personal questions, rather than questions relating to who was bringing what pieces of furniture.
If you get to know each other better, we won’t have so many issues.
3. Set Rules and Boundaries
Regardless of whom you move in with, make sure you set rules and boundaries immediately. The worst mistake is assuming that you all understood one another without bringing anything up.
Have a conversation and set some ground rules and expectations. The rules won’t always be followed, but they’ll make your lives easier and make living together a little more enjoyable.
4. Misery Loves Company
An odd piece of advice: Find someone who has gone through a bad roommate experience. Regardless of whether they’re friends or strangers, people who have gone through a bad experience are normally chill roommates, because they’ve had to deal with the challenges before and don’t want to repeat history.
5. Don’t Be Afraid
Don’t let the idea of having roommates scare you. You’ll hear of some intimidating experiences that can make anyone uneasy, but having roommates does have perks: your rent is cheaper, you can potentially make new friends and you have more people to socialize with.