The first question every apartment renter has to ask themselves as they embark on their search is whether or not they want to have a roommate. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Do you live with roommates? What are the biggest roommate pros and cons for you?