When it comes to your humble abode, the last thing you need to stress about is ﬁ nding roommates that are just right for you. Well, that’s why we are here to help. DIG Magazine has prepared a list of some of the most important do’s and don’ts to help you on your journey to ﬁ nding the perfect mates.
Find a roommate that has your same personality: One of the biggest mistakes you can make in your hunt for a roommate is to move in with someone who is the exact opposite of yourself. While it is said that “opposites attract,” that is not so true when it comes to sharing your home. If you consider yourself a very introverted person, we suggest you ﬁnd a roommate who will not invade your personal space.
Never move in with your best friend: We know you love your friends, and you can’t imagine anything better than having nightly sleepovers. However, it is never a good idea to move in with your best friends. Even if you and your friends don’t typically ﬁght, there will come a time when you will have to address household issues and you don’t want dirty dishes to come between your friendships.
Age matters: Choosing a roommate that is around your age is always a smart idea. You want to make sure that whoever you choose has goals, hobbies and a lifestyle similar to yours. Living with someone who is immature can quickly become annoying and stressful.
Know their cleaning habits: OK, this is a big one. If you are ﬁ rm about keeping a clean and neat house, it’s probably best to make sure that your potential housemates have the same standards of cleanliness. However, if you are the type of roommate that isn’t fazed by 2-week-old dishes in the sink or smelly trash, make sure you ﬁ nd someone who also doesn’t mind that savage lifestyle.
Don’t room with significant others: Even worse than rooming with your friends, choosing to live with your signiﬁcant other can turn disastrous real quick. One second you’re arguing about leaving the lights on and the next second you’re in a heated argument about old text messages. And the worse-case scenario is ending your relationship but still having to see one another every day. Take it from us. Don’t do it.
Do a background check: Now, we aren’t necessarily saying you should do an oﬃcial criminal history check, but it wouldn’t hurt to have some references from the person you are about to move in with. This is especially important if you are using websites or social media to ﬁnd your roommate. We suggest old roommates, close friends or relatives to learn more about your potential roomie. It is also good to ﬁnd out whether your roommate has ever been evicted or has a habit of not paying household bills. You deﬁnitely don’t want to be stuck in a lease where you are held responsible for your roommate’s unpaid debt.
Choose a roommate you can trust: Not only trust in the sense of your possessions, but make sure you can trust your roommate not to spread all of your dirty laundry. Roommates know everything from your love life to your most sensitive personal issues. Make sure you choose someone who you can trust and are able to vent to about your issues.
Don’t go for someone you’re attracted to: While it may seem a bit unconventional, roommates turned lovers are deﬁnitely not that uncommon. Make sure you set boundaries and keep your ﬂirtatious ways out of the picture when it comes to ﬁnding a roommate. You’re on the hunt for a roomie, not a hookup.
Choose a roommate who will better you: While college is all about the experience of partying, making new friends and bad choices you also have to remember to keep your goals in mind. While partying roommates may be fun, they will deﬁ nitely distract you from your schoolwork and main priorities.
Make sure you set house rules: Once you’ve found the perfect mate make sure that you set rules and boundaries for your household. Before you ever sign the lease, be sure to address important issues and deal breakers.