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By Patti

Moving away from home is an exciting and pivotal step. There are a lot of challenges that come with living on your own, and one of major thing to consider is whether or not to have a roommate.

It costs a lot to live on your own and having a roommate to split the cost is a wise choice. There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a roommate however, so here are some tips to help you find that perfect roommate.

  • Remember, good friends don’t necessarily make good roommates. You may get along great with somebody on a social level but that doesn’t guarantee you can cohabitate together. Ask yourself some really objective questions and be smart about your decision to live with a friend.

  • If you choose to go the opposite route and find a roommate who is a total stranger, then be sure that you have an interview with the person before you decide to share your living space with them. Be sure to ask plenty of questions to figure out if this person is someone you can live with.

  • Be honest with the person you’re interviewing about what kind of person you are and what kind of roommate you’re going to be. Don’t fool yourself or your roommate into thinking that you’re neat and tidy if it’s not true. This is only going to lead to problems down the road when your roommate finds out you’ve lied to them and to yourself.

  • There are lots of ways to find roommates. Universities have message boards where people post signs looking for shared accommodation. You can also ask friends if they know of anybody looking for a place or a place to rent out. There are also websites dedicated to helping people find roommates in their area so check those out if you’re having trouble finding a roommate on your own.

Finding a roommate can seem like a daunting task. If you take the time to figure out the kind of person you are as well as the kind of person you want to live with it can be a really rewarding experience.

Happy hunting,


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