The search is on: apartment hunting time has arrived, and you need a roommate or two. Finding the right people to live with is a tricky thing, especially when it comes to strangers. Even if you’re looking to room with a friend, the process is pretty involved. While living with anyone requires a compromise, there are things to stand your ground on. Here are a few important things to consider when beginning your roommate hunt:
Location, Location, Location
If you’re in a big city, various neighborhoods should be a significant factor in your decision. Get to know the different areas and find which one clicks for you concerning attitude and price. Not everyone will like the same areas as you, and that’s okay. Even if you consider yourself to be open and flexible with neighborhoods, it’s good to get at least an idea of where to look into.
Assuming that you’re living with other people to save money, I think it’s fair to assume you have a budget in mind. Set a specific price range for how high you’re willing to go and stick with it. Apartment living is expensive enough without rent outside your range stacked on top of everything.
If you’re anything like me, you enjoy socializing and living with others, but you also need your space. Often, people budget by living in tight quarters and then end up resenting each other. To avoid potential spatial-based feuds and to make sure everyone gets their privacy, get a place that has room for everyone.
It’s hard to know what someone’s like until after you’ve already lived with them, but there are still basic things you can assess beforehand. For example, if you’re someone who prefers the quiet, you probably don’t want to go for the person who enjoys throwing house parties. These things might not always be apparent upon first meeting, but still, go and meet with the people you’re considering before you give it the O.K.
Living on your own is scary, and living with other people can be just as worrisome, but it doesn’t have to be. Make sure you know ahead of time what you’re looking for and stick to it. Setting deal breakers will help you narrow down people until you find the ones that align with you just right.