To Roomate or not to Roomate


Wether you are a student that is going to be living in off campus housing or a single person who wants to split some bills; To Roomate or not to Roomate?  Any way you cut it, financially a roomate makes sense.  You split the rent, power, cable, internet, and water with 1 or 2 roomates.  Also, an average 2 or 3 Bedroom apartment doesn't cost that much more than a One bedroom or Studio apartment.  Plus 2 and 3 bedroom apartments are usually twice as large as a 1 bedroom or Studio apartment.  You do however have to share that space with someone else.  The most important thing to do before you sign a lease and move in with a roomate is to have a complete understanding of what each person is responsible for and what each person expects.  Don't assume anything.  Like who is going to pay the rent.  Most communities prefer one check for the entire rent payment.  Who is going to write and deliver the check?  Who pays the late fees if the rent is late?  Who is going to pay all the other bills?  Other than money, usually the biggest problem with roomates is food.  Have food rules and make sure everyone knows what they are.  Nothing worse than wanting a glass of milk for your peanut butter and jelly sandwich, when your roomate borrowed the last of your milk for their cereal.  It takes a little bit of work upfront, but it can make all the difference in the world in your roomate experience.


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