Admittedly, there are pros and cons of having a roommate, which is why we’ve made a list of them for you to help you make this all-important life decision.
PRO: Save Money on Rent and Utilities
A big advantage of having a roommate is the ability to split the cost of rent and utilities. This means that you’ll be able to afford a nicer, larger apartment than you could if you were living by yourself. You can also split the cost of other shared items, like groceries. Make sure that you come to an agreement with your roommate about these shared costs before embarking on a journey together.
CON: They May Miss Payments
The problem with splitting the cost of rent and utilities is that they have to be paid whether or not your roommate can afford it that month. If your roommate is not reliable when it comes to making payments, it could end up costing you. When deciding on a roommate, consider their work history. Do they frequently quit, or get fired, from their job? Do they have a history of debt or making late payments? These factors might not just leave you with a larger bill than you expected, but could dramatically impact your credit history.
PRO: They Help You Clean
It’s a lot easier to clean your apartment when you can split the chores with another person. If you’re really lucky, you’ll be able to avoid doing the chores you like the least. It’s a good idea to make some sort of a chore chart to keep both you and your roommate accountable.
CON: They Help Make a Mess
Two people living in one apartment also means it’s twice as likely to get messy. Dishes can pile up and trash bins may overflow, and it can be easy for roommates to pass the blame and responsibility off on to each other. If you know your roommate before you move in, and they are a generally messy person, it is likely they will continue to be messy, regardless of moving into a new place.
PRO: Built-in Friends
Having a roommate means there’s always someone there to hang out with or talk to when you come home from a long day at work. Nothings says “home” quite like watching movie marathons together in your pajamas.
CON: Built-in Enemies
On the other hand, if you and your roommate don’t get along, it can make for a very uncomfortable living situation. Be careful about whom you choose as a roommate to avoid this issue altogether. Note: If you are attracted to your potential roommate, you should strongly consider choosing someone else to live with. Hooking up with a roommate could be a potential recipe for disaster.
PRO: Shared Furnishings
If you’re renting your first apartment, purchasing all the necessary furniture and kitchen supplies can be expensive. Pooling your resources with a roommate will make the process of furnishing your apartment much easier. However, when it comes time to go your separate ways, you might run into some problems regarding possession of the belongings you initially split. It’s a good idea to agree upon ownership and a possible buyout agreement before splitting high-ticket items.
CON: Less Privacy
When you have a roommate, you have very little privacy. Your bedroom may be the only place you can go to be alone, and if your roommate has boundary issues, that may not even be true. If you prefer solitude, living with a roommate is not for you.