6 Key Factors When Finding A Roomate

Trying to find the right person to live with is no easy task. Finding someone that meshes well with your lifestyle will be easier when you consider these 6 key factors when finding a roommate.


  1. Were you already acquainted with this person?
    • Yes (we’ve met) – proceed to question 2.
    • No (I’ve never met this person) – proceed to question 2.
    • Yes (we are best friends) – You should probably not room with this person. Being roommates with a best friend can often put a strain on a good relationship.
  2. Are your sleep patters similar?
    • Yes – proceed to question 3.
    • No – You need to determine if you and this person can compromise on each other’s schedule. If you can’t compromise, they are not the roommate for you.
  3. Are you both non-smokers?
    • Yes – proceed to question 4.
    • No (we both smoke) – proceed to question 4.
    • No (only one of us smokes) – You need to figure out if there can be boundaries such as only smoking outside. It all depends on your preference and lifestyle.
  4. Do you have similar cleaning habits?
    • Yes (we are both clean freaks) – proceed to question 5.
    • Yes (we are both messy) – proceed to question 5.
    • No – You need to consider whether or not this person’s cleaning habits will bother you. If they are a slob and you are neat or vice versa, it probably won’t turn our for the best.
  5. Did you get a good vibe from the person?
    • Yes  (they seemed like a good person) – proceed to question 6.
    • No  (they seemed a little sketchy) – Trust your gut! if you got a weird feeling, look for someone else.
  6. Are they willing to provide roommate references or let you speak to their previous roommates?
    • Yes – If you made it through all of these questions, they will most likely be a good roommate for you.
    • No – This could be a red flag. Might want to keep looking.

These 6 key things are not guaranteed to find you the perfect roommate, but it will help you find out if you are compatible for living together. One important thing to think about is you and your lifestyle preferences. It is always best to try to find someone that lives like you do.


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