You’re coming up on the end of the semester, and it’s probably coming time to either start packing up your dorm or thinking about re-signing your current lease, depending on what year you’re in.
If you’re moving out of your dorm and into a real place for the first time, choosing a roommate might be a bit of a daunting task. You’ve most likely only lived with your family before and when you came to university, your roommate and room were assigned for you (for better or worse). But now, the decision is completely up to you.
If you’re in a later year, you might already be living with roommates. This could have been friends you made through class, clubs, or maybe a sports team. If you love your living situation, great! But, maybe you were a bit hasty in your decisions last year and now regret your living situation.
Regardless of whether this will be the first time you get to choose who you live with, or if you’ve been through the ordeal before and are looking for someone new, these 3 tips are here to make sure it’ll be smooth sailing for your next year’s living arrangements.
Ability to Pay Rent
This is obviously the most important factor when you’re deciding when to choose a roommate: their reliability in paying their share of the rent. Depending on how your lease works, if they’re not able to come up with their rent money in time, you might be on the hook for the remainder of the monthly payment.
Does this person at least appear to have their financial life together, or do you always seem to be the one shelling out for late night pizza and they’ll “get the next one.”
If the latter happens more often than not, you might have a problem. If they’re always scraping together a couple of loonies and toonies for even the most basic of purchases, how do you think they’re going to be able to fair when they have to pay for important things, such as rent or groceries?
Also another big one, and another one that has the potential to ruin any potential living arrangement. You should try and seek out someone who lives in a similar manner as you.
Pay a visit to wherever they currently live and scope it out. You should be able to tell pretty quickly how clean they are, in general. Does the garbage can resemble something like the leaning tower of Pisa? Is there a pile of dishes in the sink that have been there so long you’re scared to find out what’s at the bottom?
If there is, and your bathroom is so clean it looks like someone hadn’t been in it in the last 6 months, then it by be a good idea to find someone different to live with, regardless of how well you get along as friends. Cleaning habits are a very common rift between roommates, so best to be proactive and try to minimize risk from the beginning.
Are you the kind of person who stays up late to study? Who is always on top of their work and actually knows what inside of the library looks like? Then it’s probably not a good idea to room with someone who’s only taking two intro classes and who’s favourite phrase is “thirsty Thursday.”
It can certainly be irritating if you’re trying to study for a big exam, and all your roommate can worry about is if your table is big enough for beer pong.
While a balance of both is integral to a healthy lifestyle, you probably don’t want to live with someone who is on the complete other side of the scale.
Essentially, you’re just trying to find someone who you think you would generally get along with. While there is no perfect roommate, and you’re probably not going to be the perfect roommate either, so don’t kid yourself, if you can find someone who is respectful of your shared space, shares at least some of your interests, and is dependable, then you’ve probably found yourself a winner.