Having roommates has so many benefits to it, but it also has many downsides involved as well. You could potentially end up living with someone you totally hate, or they could end up being your best friend.
If you end up living with friends, you might get lucky in this situation, but for some situations you’ll have to live with a total stranger.
First off, why you should have a roommate:
A roommate can obviously be better because it’s basically built in family. If you don’t know this person, there’s potential for meeting your life-long friend in this situation.
You have someone to go on adventures with in the new city you live in, or you’ll have someone to sit back on the weekends and watch Netflix with. If you move to a new city and you don’t know anyone yet in the area, it will be a whole lot easier to make friends when you know someone else in the area you’re living in.
From personal experience, I’ve learned that things would be a whole lot easier if I moved in with people my age. I’ve been in two different situations where I was living with people much older than me and although the second situation was much better than the first, I’d still much rather live with people in their twenties.
There are perks to living with older people because usually that means they are more mature and have had tons of experience living with other people.
Why you shouldn’t have a roommate:
Having a roommate can lead to many different situations. In my past experiences, I’ve lived with people who I didn’t mesh well with at all.
We simply had way too many differences to even be compatible to be friends or roommates.
In my opinion, I have to like the person I am living with or at least able to have a steady conversation with. Having a best friend outside of your home and having a best friend in your home are obviously two different situations. Depending on what your friendship is like and what both of your personalities are like, the situation could go different situations.
I made the mistake of rushing into a living area and moving in with people who were about to have a newborn, but not only that, we didn’t really enjoy talking to each other either. I think the baby had a lot to do with the situation getting worse, as none of us were getting sleep.
To make it worse, I was paying rent to live in a house that was freezing cold and had a baby crying at night during finals. I attempted to make the best out of the situation and try to stay, but it wasn’t getting any better.
You’ll pretty much know when the living situation isn’t working out, so don’t make it any worse by staying longer when you gave it all you could.
Are you happier with or without a roommate? Why or why not?