7 Tips for Living with a Roommate
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Whether you’re moving into a new apartment with your best friend or a complete stranger, the thought of living with someone else can be frightening. After all, you will be sharing a living space with another person, along with added responsibilities, such as rent and utility bills. Although the thought of having a roommate may be scary, but there is nothing to worry about as long as you respect each other’s space! If you are worried about moving in with someone, here are a few tips to help you transition into your new apartment.
1. Respect Each Other’s Space and Privacy
Before anything else, the first key to living with another person is to be respectful of each other. Although you may like a furniture arrangement that is different from what they have already set up, don’t take it upon yourself to move their items around. In a similar light, don’t borrow anything of theirs without asking, even if it’s just a little bit of toothpaste or a shirt they never wear. Respect their property like you would want them to respect yours.
2. Set Ground Rules
One of the first things you should do when moving in together is set rules. Decide what is okay and what isn’t. Will you mind if your roommate invites people over every weekend or if they play music from their speakers every night? Establish what you are comfortable and not comfortable with early on to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding.
3. Split Chores
It’s ultimately up to you and your roommate if you want to split household tasks according to a chore chart or if you want to play it by ear, but splitting chores is essential so no one gets stuck doing all the work. Sit down with your roommate and discuss how chores should be split.
Once you have come up with a way to split chores, make sure you follow through. If you commit to taking out the trash, don’t let the trash accumulate until the garbage can overflows. Do your job and do it right!
If something is bothering you, let your roommate know. If you bottle up all of your feelings, everything is going to build up until you can’t take it anymore. It’s better to let it out calmly in a conversation before it slips out during an argument.
If you don’t like that your roommate blasts music when you’re trying to sleep, let them know so they can stop. If you don’t like all the noise they make in the morning while you’re asleep, ask them to tone it down a bit. Coming to compromises is a big part of being roommates!
5. Get to Know Each Other’s Schedules
You don’t have to memorize your roommate’s schedule, but if you have a general idea of when they leave the apartment and when they return, it can allow you to be more courteous toward each other. If you have early morning classes while your roommate works late nights, being aware of each other’s schedules will make living together easier. It’ll remind your roommate not to make too much noise when they’re getting home at midnight and it’ll remind you to do the same when you’re getting ready at 6 a.m.
6. Notify them if you are Inviting Guests
There’s nothing worse than coming home after a long day of work to find that your apartment is full of strangers. To avoid situations like these, notify your roommate when you invite guests, whether it’s one guest or many guests. This will prevent your roommate from being caught off-guard when they walk into the living room and see someone they don’t know sleeping on the couch.
7. Split Costs Accordingly
Apps like Venmo make it easy to keep track of how much money you owe someone and vice versa. You can also use apps like this to transfer money to their account, which can come in handy when it’s time to pay rent and other bills. Splitting the bills 50/50 is usually your best bet, since it ensures that each roommate is paying exactly what they need to.
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