Choosing a roommate can be difficult: Do you live with friends and risk harming the relationship if you have disagreements? Do you take a chance to broaden your views and live with new people?

While there are benefits to shared living and divided expenses, there could also be some challenges when living with someone who has different ideas on cleanliness, studying, and social habits. Roommates can have an emotional as well as financial effect on each other’s lives. It’s important to choose a roommate wisely and to get to know your roommate.

Be open and honest about your expectations. To determine your compatibility, ask the following questions.

  1. What time do you prefer to go to bed/wake up? Are you a morning person or a night person?
  2. What room temperature are you comfortable with?
  3. Do you prefer peace and quiet or do you prefer to have the stereo/television on for noise? What hours are acceptable to watch TV/listen to the stereo? At what volume? What kind of music do you like to listen to?
  4. How neat do you like for your room to be?
  5. Do you smoke? Are you willing to live with someone who smokes? Can guests smoke in the apartment?
  6. Do you drink alcohol? Are you willing to live with someone who drinks alcohol? Can guests drink in the apartment?
  7. Are there times you would prefer to have no guests in the apartment? (Also, friends of the opposite gender?) Are you willing to live with someone who has overnight guests?
  8. Do you like to study alone/with others, in quiet/with music, in your room/in the library?
  9. Do you feel comfortable sharing clothes, food, appliances, music, personal hygiene items, electronic equipment, computers, books, etc.?
  10. Would you prefer that I ask to borrow an item before I use it?
  11. How will the utility bills be divided and paid? TIP: It is a good idea to split the utility bills between roommates. This way, one person is not responsible for all of the bills.
  12. How will we divide the cleaning duties?
  13. What are your pet peeves?

Last updated: 7/8/2014

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