5 Things To Look For in a College Roommate
Finding a new roommate can be quite stressful. You’re basically auditioning for a new friend who will be meters from where you sleep. If you already live in a property, you’re inviting someone into your personal space and you may still be getting over losing your previous roommate. Most find the whole process very awkward and don’t know what to ask, or how to choose. If it comes down to two great candidates, it can be very difficult to pick the right one if each has their own pros and cons (this is a big decision after all). Below, we look at a 5 Things To Look For in a College Roommate. Hopefully this help you decide on that new housemate or at least gives you a few factors to consider:
1: Trust Your Gut
Sometimes you’ll just know when you meet someone that you don’t like them. Alternatively you may find that you have instant chemistry with them. Decide whether you’re someone who has good instincts or if you’re someone who gets too caught up in the moment and doesn’t think long-term. Ask your friends and family to help you decide which one you are as they may provide some perspective. If you can’t tell for sure whether you like someone, make an excuse to meet up again before you make your decision.
Do you and a candidate get on instantly, and have the rapport of two people who have known each other for years?
If you find yourself already joking and comfortable around each other to poke fun at each other, then you may indeed have found the right person.
It doesn’t matter too much if you do initially struggle to find a conversation to talk about, but this might be an indicator that this person isn’t the right fit.
Though it sounds a little prejudiced, you may be someone who can go on how they present themselves; on the other hand, many great roommates can often be complete opposites of each other.
3: Will They Pay Rent On Time?
This principle is a little easier to measure. Using a simple tenant application form or by simply asking, you can judge whether they’ll be able to easily afford rent. Though you can’t quite ask what else they spend their money on or whether they save, you can make a good guess from what they say or how they present themselves again. This is a very important factor to consider; perhaps even the most important. Even the most harmonious and closest of roommates will get into fights if one can’t pay their rent and jeopardizes the other’s living arrangements.
Their job may also play a factor into their kind of lifestyle. Will they work the same hours as you, or will they be up when you want to sleep? How will this suit you if you need to study or work from home?
Sometimes it’s always handy to live with someone who works or studies similarly to you or are on the same course at university, so your schedules synch up.
Does it bother you that you won’t see much of each other if they live a busy life already? If you’re happy to find anyone quickly, this might be a good thing if you’re not looking for someone to particularly close to.
5: Additional Benefits
If you’re on the edge of deciding on someone or stuck between two people, consider some additional benefits they may bring to the table.Are they particular good at cooking? Do you have a lot shared interests? Do they get a discount from their job which they’ll be happy to share with you?
Guest Post by: Paul Ellett has experience interviewing for flatmates, and has had both good and bad results, He feels he has learned what to look out for in the future. This has come in handy when dealing with house-shares for a client; an East London lettings company who list properties for students for rent in London.