Whether you’ve decided to live with your best friend or someone you’ve recently met, finding the right roommate can be tough. Even more challenging is actually sharing an apartment together!
Don’t fret because living with roommate can be a great experience. The foundation for success is really around communicating, setting ground rules early on, and treating each other with respect.
Based on extensive experience and witnessing countless roommate scenarios, our team has put together our top tips for living with a roommate.
Respect Each Other’s Privacy
It’s important to understand how each roommate defines privacy and what that means to them. For some, privacy means leaving them alone when they’re in their defined space (i.e., bedroom). For others, it’s never entering their bedroom or bathroom. Be clear about what level of privacy each person expects. A great way to encourage privacy is by finding a floorplan that is designed with bedrooms on opposite ends of an apartment or with another room between the bedrooms (i.e., bathroom). The two-bedroom floor plan at our community featured with this blog post is a great example of that ideal layout.
Keep Communication Open
The key rule of setting boundaries and ground rules early is crucial. So is keeping the lines of communication open. If something bothers you or is cause for concern, say something. Don’t keep it bottled up or else your frustration will continue to build. Unless you and your roommate have very different schedules, avoid leaving written notes. A face-to-face conversation is often the easiest and best way to quickly resolve any issues.
Create Your Own Space
Whether you and your roommate are best friends or casual acquaintances, it’s good to create your own personal space. You can do this by personalizing a part of the apartment, such as your bedroom. You also can create that space by having a distinct group of friends. As Buzzfeed notes, you and our roommate don’t always have to hang out or be together even if you live together. It’s healthy to spend some time apart.
Learn the Schedules
This advice is a pro tip from those who’ve lived with multiple roommates. Ask your roommate about their schedule and do your best to be considerate of it. If your roommate has to be up for work early, try to avoid too much loud noise later at night (this is another reason why the layout of an apartment, mentioned in the privacy tip matters). Alternatively, if your roommate works late, it’s might not be the best idea to ground coffee beans in the morning or blast the TV volume.
Talk about Sharing
Don’t forget to have a conversation with your roommate about items that you might be able to share. Is it really necessary to have two bottles of ketchup, two jars of sugar, two sets of napkins and paper towels? In most instances, you can share some food and other supplies. ForRent.com provides insightful guidance on sharing with your roommate(s). As with most tips, it’s all about setting clear guidelines and following through.
At Abberly Waterstone, we believe it’s how you live that matters. That’s why we like to share tips and recommendations to help ensure your roommate experience is positive. It’s important that your home is a place you can relax and feel comfortable.