The pros and cons of living with a roommate
Roommates can save money and help each other, but there are other considerations. Here's what to think about before you commit to living with roommates.
Housing is a huge financial and personal decision at any age. Most people imagine graduating from college and moving into our own space. But with a struggling economy accompanying a higher cost of living in many major cities, that’s not always possible.
More and more people are moving back in with mom and dad or choosing to live with roommates. This living situation can last for a few months, years or even decades. Before deciding what is right for you, consider the pros and cons of sharing your space with another person.
Pro: Building valuable friendships
Living with someone new expands your social network considerably. It can introduce you to new connections for your personal and possibly even professional life. Your roommate can be a boost to your social life immediately or in the long run. Even if you have no plans, they are always there to grab dinner with or even just watch a movie and talk in the apartment.
Having another individual around also keeps you from living in a depressive manner (binge-watching Netflix and not showering for an entire weekend perhaps?).
Con: Ruining valuable friendships
It is important to keep in mind that not everyone is in a mood to socialize at the same time. Roommates should have a semblance of understanding and respect for each other’s desires.
If your roommate has a big presentation tomorrow and needs to be well-rested and less stressed, it is not the night to have a 20-guest dinner party. Furthermore, not every pair or group of friends are compatible as roommates. Think hard about not just whether you get along with your friends but also whether you have similar living styles (night owl vs. early riser, etc.). Not being considerate or taking your friend-turned-roommate for granted can ruin a relationship.
Pro: Cheaper rent
The financial advantage of living with someone is probably the main force behind having a roommate. Shared living space means shared expenses — with rent as well as utility bills. Splitting costs usually translates to bigger or nicer living conditions as well.
Con: Less privacy
Having a roommate means that you cannot always go about your day in peace or make up the rules as you go along. There is another person there, and you need to be considerate of their needs and timetable just as you expect them to be of yours.
Just because you want to have a romantic evening with your significant other, it doesn’t mean you can take up the living room with a candlelit dinner. A roommate also brings new security risks — such as through the invitation of unknown guests when you are not home. Consider having a lock for your bedroom door or hiding your valuables.
Pro: Shared responsibilities
With a roommate, pesky chores and maintenance are not your sole responsibility. There is a shared responsibility for keeping up cleanliness. Cleaning supplies, food and other expenses are often shared in a living situation because this further helps cut back on costs and storage. You don’t both need to buy milk if you can each use only half of a carton in one week — sharing is caring (and a way to save money!).
Con: Deciding how to share those responsibilities
Responsibility and finances can become a huge source of contention. Someone may fight you on the purchase of household necessities or even utility costs by claiming that the usage was not shared equally so the financial burden shouldn’t be either. Roommates also tend to exaggerate their contributions which can lead to arguments because while one person believes he or she is the only one who takes out the trash, the other is thinking no one else ever unloads the dishwasher. You also end up sharing things you don’t think about, like common space, televisions and bathrooms. This may mean you need to get up earlier to take a shower or miss out on your favorite show because your roommate beat you to the couch.
While there are many items to consider, it is important to be honest about your own style of living when contemplating getting a roommate. It is also important to choose the right roommate — this cannot be overstated. Whom you live with and how you behave as a roommate make the situation either a positive or negative one. Remember to be polite, while demanding respect from a roommate. And set basic rules and financial understandings before the big move.
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In those ventures it was with friends I knew, did the things I did, were mature, and we all knew up front what was expected and the protocol of the house. When you lay those parameters out in the very beginning, it is much easier to address and nip any bad habits right away.
I had one, and I wouldn't say bad roommate ( I lived in her house), due to the fact that she had gotten divorced and was lonely, wanted to engage in a relationship. That was my signal to pack up and leave. I had ot intention of starting a relationship with a lady I roommate with. Bad Bad Idea. She was nice and all was great until that day.
People (Humans) are a strange species. You can find some real weirdoes out there.
My roommate, poor soul, had these 2 men who used her sexually whenever they had an itch but ignored her the rest of the time. One night I woke up to these guys climbing in bed with ME! I had to lock myself in the bathroom until they left. We had a frank discussion about my near rape experience and luckily I was able to move in with my boyfriend, now husband. I would only have another roommate experience if there was no other way to afford my housing.
did roommate thing 3x
3rd time horror...now I have tiny apartment but its mine
so much happier
1st one I m still friends with her
2nd one im not but it ws ok
3rd one was nasty and crazy had to block her number
Check out your state laws too. In some states you have to legally evict any one you let
stay with you. You being the lease holder doesn't matter. Stick with a smaller place you
can afford. Your piece of mind is worth not having roommates. I speak from a bad experience