A lot of students can attest to the fact that living with roommates can be quite an experience. Living on your own for the first time can be liberating. You’re able to live the way you want and move as you please without your parents telling you what to do or asking you where you’ve been. It’s one of the many steps you take when you start shifting into adulthood and finally get to make some of your own decisions. Sometimes, depending on how your residence is set up when you move out to university, or whether or not you can afford to live off campus, you may have to live with roommates.
Rooming with some new people can also be a great experience as well, especially when you move to a place where you don’t know anybody. It can be comforting to know that there is someone else who may feel just as lost as you. But like with anything, there can be negatives when you start to live with other people. Even if you get along with your roommate or roommates personality wise, there are some habits that you just can’t change. Since I left home for university, I have always lived with roommates.
RENT IS CHEAPER
This is when living with other people can come in handy because the total rent is just split up between two or more people and it can be so much easier on your bank account.
YOU CAN END UP HAVING A BEST FRIEND
This is the best part. When you are finally able to be in a situation where you love living with the people that you live with, it’s amazing! There’s always someone to hang out with, share your frustrations with and share weird and hilarious things that have happened to you. Even it may be temporary, who knows they can become lifelong friends.
CLEANING IS NOT A COMMUNAL THING
If you’re a very clean and neat person, your room will pretty much be the only place that will live up to this standard that you have about how germ-free and organized your house or apartment should look. Making a chore chart does not work. I am saying this from experience. No matter how many house meetings you call and no matter how many times you tell the other person that as long as they wash and put away their dishes everything will be fine, don’t even bother. Especially if they are messy or disorganized they will not care. Believe you me, I know it’s hard because I am a very clean person, but if you think about it from the perspective that you will not be in this situation forever, it helps. As long as you keep your room clean, tidy up. I promise you that you will survive.
YOU CAN END UP LIVING WITH INCONSIDERATE PEOPLE
Living with roommates can definitely open your eyes to the different types of people that are out there. Not to be rude or anything. I know that everybody is different and each to their own, but I’ve had really bizarre experiences. Some people are just way too open about everything. They will tell you all of their stories, no matter how embarrassing without you asking. People will also walk around as if they live alone. Then you have some people who won’t say a single word to you, even if you say “Good morning” or ask them “How are you”? and they just stare awkwardly at you. Then there are some roommates who think it’s okay to take your food or ingredients without asking or break some of your appliances thinking you will be okay with it.
EVERYTHING IS SHARED
The kitchen, bathroom, and living space are the worst for this. Not only are you sometimes sharing things like appliances, but the actual living space. When you want to use the kitchen, someone is already in there. When you want to shower in the morning, someone hopped in before you. From my experience, it isn’t all that bad if you find a way to work around it. When you live with people for a while, you start to figure out their schedule ( I know it sounds creepy), but if you know roughly when people get ready in the morning, what time they have to get up and when they usually cook, you can use the bathroom and the kitchen outside of those times, so you don’t find yourself in a rush in the morning or people are not in your way.