Whether you’re starting out in your first apartment or an empty nester ready to downsize, the decision to live with a roommate is a big one. There are many pros and cons to weigh and keep in mind that whatever you decide, you are stuck for the duration of your lease, which is usually 12 months. Before you make a move, it’s important to do some self-reflection on your preferred lifestyle. For example, if you lived with a partner and are divorced or widowed, you may crave companionship. On the other hand, if you are coming from a noisy crowded dorm or Greek setting, you make seek solitude. It’s a very personal choice and one that shouldn’t be made in haste.
Here are some pros and cons of living with a roommate or alone:
Shared living expenses
This is the major benefit of living with a roommate. You can share the cost of rent, utilities, and other household expenses like cleaning supplies or grocery staples. This works well if both parties are financially stable and responsible. Where this arrangement can go south is if one roommate is a financial flake, unreliable, has a history of frequently being in and out of work, or carries a heavy level of debt. The option here is to ask potential roommates detailed questions about their finances (and expect to reciprocate) or if you can afford it, live by yourself.
Having a fastidious roommate paired with a slob made for comedy gold TV back in the ‘70s, but in reality, it rarely works out. The neat roommate will soon resent the slovenly roommate’s habits and vice versa. If you know your potential roommate already, then you should be aware of their housekeeping habits. If they give you pause, then steer clear. Either seek a roommate whose idea of a clean apartment matches yours or consider living solo.
One of the benefits of having a compatible roommate is somebody to hang out with. This is an ideal situation if you get along well and are in sync in other areas like fiscal responsibility and tidiness habits. However, if you and your roommate don’t get along, this can make for a tense living situation. The same can be said if your roommate has a boyfriend or girlfriend who is around all the time. Also, if you are an introverted personality who needs a lot of quiet and alone time, you will probably be more comfortable living alone.
By thinking through the situation, honestly assessing your lifestyle and finances, and carefully vetting potential roommates, you can decide whether you want to share an apartment with a roommate or live alone.
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