PARTNERED POST | Tips For Living With A Room Mate


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It could be that you are moving out for the first time, have split with your partner and looking to rent with a roommate, or are heading to university or college. No matter what it is, if you find that you are moving in with a roommate you can be left wondering about just how it works. It’s not necessarily the same as when you live with a partner as while there are some things that you split between you, you are likely to keep a lot of things separate too. Having a roommate can be one of the most fun things that you will ever do and you will undoubtedly make a whole host of great memories. If you are moving in with one of your best friends, a sibling or even someone that you haven’t met, you will soon get to know each other and become good friends. Here are some top tips if you are moving in with a roommate.

  1. Work out how you will split the bills

You will want to sort out early on how you will split the bills. Will you create a joint account that you can pay the money into each month and then it comes out when you need it? Or will one of you pay and the other transfer the money over? Make sure you decide this before moving in to avoid any hassle. 

  1. Decide on cupboard and fridge space

You don’t want to accidentally use up the last of your roommate’s pasta or find that they have all the cupboard space and you have none. Instead, fairly split your cupboards and fridge space when you first move in and avoid any disputes or mix-ups.

  1. Have a kitty if you need to pay for things

It is a good plan to have an emergency kitty in case something breaks and you need to fix it, or even if you share things like milk and tea. This will save one of you always having to fork out the costs. It could be you both have to have multiple items moved on the day you move in together, so you could use the kitty for this.

  1. Work out ground rules

Work out things such as times to use the bathroom (if you only have one bathroom), the rules of having friends round and any other ground rules. This means that there can’t be any disputes and you are both happy with the way that you are living.

  1. Be respectful of each other 

Remember that you are both living here together so it is important to be respectful of each other's space and time. Take care of the flat and don’t be up too late if the other one has to get up for work for example.

These are just a few things that you need to think about when it comes to living with a roommate. You will soon get used to living with someone else and a routine will fall into place, it just helps to have some things sorted ahead of time. Have you ever had a roommate? How did you find it?

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