The cost of rent in many major cities is on the rise. This means that many college graduates are looking for ways to make rent in a large city more affordable. A great and easy way to do this without compromising on location, features and amenities is to live with a roommate. But, living with a roommate in college is admittedly a little different from living with a roommate out of college.
Looking for tips for getting along with your post-college roommate? Read below!
How to Get Along with a Roommate After College
- Choose wisely: While you had the option to choose a random roommate for your freshman year dorm, that isn’t necessarily a good idea for a post-college roommate. In a dorm, if something happened between you and your roommate you were able to be transferred. This is not the case for post-college living. There are many different services both free and for cost that can help connect you to other people living in the area looking for roommates.
- Go in with the right mindset: When you were in college, you may have hung out with your roommate 24/7. It is important to understand that this doesn’t have to be the same for your post-college roommate. Starting off the agreement with the right mindset can help to get your living situation off on the right foot.
- Be honest from the start: Once you choose a roommate and start getting to know them, it is essential to be honest from the start. Do you want to limit overnight guests on week nights? Do you have a large group of friends that like to visit on weekends? Let your roommate know from the start what they can expect from living with you.
- Discuss rent: While you may assume that the rent will be split 50/50, your roommate may feel that since they will only be there two weekends out of the month, that shouldn’t be the case. Before signing a least together, make sure you’re both on the same page about the rent and utility breakdown.
- Face problems head on: If an issue arises, be sure to bring it up immediately. For example, if you are tired of your roommate being loud late at night, bring it up in a respectful way. While ignoring the problem or making passive-aggressive comments may seem like the easier route, it will lead to larger problems later on.
- Be respectful of common spaces: View the bathrooms, living room and kitchen as common areas. As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to go through and clean or straighten these areas nightly or a few times a week to keep them as clutter-free as possible.
Rent a Storage Unit for Extra Apartment Storage
When you combine belongings from different homes, it’s extremely likely that between you and your roommate, there will be some duplicate items. Instead of simply trying to fit all of your belongings into one apartment or house, consider a storage unit rental. A storage unit rental allows you to hold onto items you do not need or can’t fit in your home and store them in a location close to your home.
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