In life, sometimes living with a roommate is essential. But for those of you considering living with a roommate for the first time, you absolutely have a choice. At Bowman Pointe, we like to think we know a thing or two about how to make it work. So, we would love to help you weigh the pros and cons! From buddy systems to budget sharing, here are things you need to think about before you decide to move in with someone.
Living with Roommates vs Living Alone
Some of us are just introverted people – we like being independent and doing our own thing. But, there’s nothing wrong with sharing your home with someone whom you respect as your equal. If you live with the right roommate, it shouldn’t hamper your independence.
When you think about living with roommates vs living alone, the big difference between the two is just that you have another person to think about in the mix. If you’re ready to take on that responsibility, living with a roommate is going to be awesome! Just think about all the benefits…
#1 Built-In Buddy System
After you leave school and enter the work force, it is so much harder to make friends. Even if you’re an outgoing person, living alone can be hard on your social life. According to a study by the Families Work Institute, 29% of working women between the ages of 25 and 54 have less than 45 minutes of free time on a work day. If these women spend that 45 minutes at home alone, their friendships and other relationships can easily suffer.
Living with a roommate who is experiencing the same challenges as an adult means that you can share in the agony, and always have each other to turn to. Who doesn’t want a go-to, built-in buddy? A study published in the British Journal of Psychology found that having close friendships is positively associated with happiness! If you decide to live with a roommate, chances are you will be much happier and more emotionally satisfied.
#2 Chore Sharing
Very few people in this world enjoy cleaning and taking out the trash. Wouldn’t it be nice to share those heinous tasks with someone else? If you can successfully divvy up cleaning the kitchen, living room, dining room, patio, etc., living with roommate can be the best thing since sliced bread.
If your roommate does turn out to be your best bud, you can also share tasks you both enjoy like grocery shopping and cooking (if that’s your thing. If not, maybe you regularly go out to eat together!). There are so many apps out there today that help you fairly split up your chores and put them on a schedule. Make use of these apps so you can get your tasks done and focus on enjoying life with your roommate.
#3 Budget Savings
Finally, you will definitely save money by sharing apartment costs with a roommate. Your deposit, rent, and utility bills will be cut in half, which is extremely helpful when you’re living on a strict budget. You can even share the costs associated with buying groceries, furniture, and other necessities.
One thing to remember, though, is that you should only live with a roommate if you can trust them. Examine the signs now to anticipate what this person will be like in the future:
- Financial stability – If you don’t foresee your potential roommate affording their half of your bills, DO NOT LIVE WITH THEM.
- Honesty and integrity – If you don’t foresee them respecting and sharing everything as you will, living with that person is not a good idea.
Just like a staying in a relationship with a bad boyfriend or girlfriend, living with a bad roommate and thinking you will be able to change them is the wrong way to approach the situation. Trust us, a good roommate is sometimes hard to find, so don’t choose one out of necessity – choose someone you can trust financially and emotionally. You deserve the best!
At Bowman Pointe in Little Rock, our luxury two-bedroom apartments are almost tailor-made for living with roommates. Come take a tour of the resort-style property or talk to us about filling out an apartment application!