If you are in college, chances are you already have, or will eventually have, a roommate. Roommates can be one of the most fun things about the college experience, or they can just suck the fun right out of everything. Choosing to put another name on your lease is a big commitment, so you should make sure that choice is the right one. If you want to save yourself a lot of trouble, you can’t just live with anyone who will help pay the rent; you have to be choosy about your roommates.
When it comes to choosing a roommate, you have to be choosy about living standards. Think about it – your roommate isn’t just going to be living in the room across the hall, but in the entire house. Common living areas, such as the kitchen, living room, laundry room, and sometimes even the bathroom, are meant to be shared equally between all people in the house. Consider what your personal preferences are, and what you will and will not be able to tolerate. If you can’t stand having dirty dishes in the sink, then you might want to run that past someone before they decide to move in with you. When it comes to cleaning standards, it is important that everyone in the house agrees on similar ones. When choosing a roommate, make sure it is someone who will agree to establish rules about cleaning up after themselves and taking turnings doing household chores.
When it comes to choosing a roommate, you have to be choosy about their level of responsibility. When you agree to live with another person, that means you are both equally responsible for paying the rent, utilities, and for any damages either of you may cause to the house. When it comes to rent, it must be paid in full at the beginning of the month no matter where the money comes from. This means that you need to have a roommate who is going to be responsible and have the money to pay it because if they don’t, you could also get in trouble. Utility bills also must be paid on time and if they are not you could experience a blackout in your own home. Unless you enjoy studying by candle light, you will want to choose a roommate who understands the importance of not missing due dates.