Last week, I wrote the article Why You Should And Should NOT Have A Roommate. Being a 21 year old college student has lead me to go from roommate to roommate.
I moved out of my moms house when I was 18 and I have had roommates from then on. I had to learn how to be a good roommate, but also how to find good roommates as well.
I wanted to share what I’ve learned and also the mistakes I’ve made.
For me personally, I like having roommates that are quiet, but also fun when need be. I like living in a comfortable area and I’ve had an experience in the past where I didn’t even go outside of my room often. I avoided the roommates at all cost, which is why I was inspired to write this post.
What kind of roommate do you want?
First off, make sure you know what kind of roommate you want. If you don’t want to live with someone who likes to have people over often, make sure they don’t plan on doing that.
If you don’t want a roommate who is more of the quiet and cooped up in there room type, make sure they aren’t like that as well.
What options do you have?
Secondly, make sure you give yourself enough time to look at all of your options. I made the huge mistake of choosing my first option. I couldn’t have chosen a worst option. I was moving to Kansas City with a couple who had strict religious views alongside with having a newborn baby the month after I moved in.
I also eventually found out that they didn’t believe in using heat, so I had to get used to the thermostat being at 55 degrees the 4-5 months I lived there in the Chicago winter. I look back and ask myself what was I thinking, and why did I stay there for so long.
This was definitely a learning experience for me because I learned to never rush into any kind of moving situation, especially in a new state.
Take a look at all of your options. This coincides with the second rule/tip I spoke about. If you give yourself enough time, you get to look at all of your options in play. You could not only look at Craigslist for roommates, but you could also travel to the area and look at various newspaper ads.
Do you like the area and the person?
You can travel to the area you want to potentially live in. While in the city, you can actually travel to the different places you have in mind.
Get a feel for the people you will be living with and check out the homes.
Someone can claim to being a clean person, but after visiting the house there could be a whole other thing in store.
Do you like having a roommate or do you prefer being roommate free?