So you’ve found a great apartment, but need a roommate to afford the rent? Choosing the right roommate can be a challenge. After all, you don’t’ know a person until you’ve lived with them. Even so, there are a few ways you can improve your chances of finding a good roommate.
The best way to choose a roommate is to ask someone you already know and like. This increases the odds of getting along. If that’s not possible, then ask other friends for recommendations and possible names. At least this way, you know the person gets along with other people you like.
If neither of these options is practical, then you may need to advertise here: www.roomzoom.com. If you are in college, the school probably has an online board or forum where you can advertise for a roommate. If you are new to an area, check online for websites that bring together possible companions. You can also turn to Craigslist, although you should be very careful when advertising for a roommate on Craigslist since this site is not regulated for security.
No matter where you get names, meet the person away from the apartment the first time. This provides you an opportunity to get to know the person before they know where you live. During the meeting, ask questions to determine if this potential roommate’s style and yours can mesh.
If you are a neat freak who does the dishes every day and cleans the bathrooms once a week, you won’t’ want a roommate who allows their dirty clothes to pile up.
Ask them about their social habits. Are they a night owl or do they tend to get up early and exercise?
Finding a good roommate can be a challenge. Asking the right questions before signing a lease is the best way to ensure compatibility between you and your roommate.