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The 5 Best Tips for Living with Roommates

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If you’re used to living alone, living with roommates can be a challenging adjustment. It’s difficult to find a good roommate, get used to each others’ quirks and lifestyles, and resolve potential conflicts. But whether you need an affordable housing option, or you’re just looking for community, having roommates does have its benefits. Plus, there are ways to make the process easier and more enjoyable. We spoke to Rebeka Avendando, Common’s Senior Member Support Specialist (and a roommate expert), about her top 5 tips for roommate living. Watch the video below, or read on! 

Tip #1: Get to know each other, and set ground rules early on

Be friendly and open. Have conversations about your lifestyles, pet peeves, how you’ll share household chores, what you expect in terms of cleanliness, and any other boundaries you want your roommate to respect. If you have these ground rules set on from day one, you’ll run into fewer conflicts in the future.

Tip #2: Always be considerate

Think about how your actions, whether it’s leaving one cup in the sink or not refilling the toilet paper, affect your roommates and the spaces you share. Be considerate in everything that you do. It only takes basic manners and thoughtfulness to be a good roommate.

Tip #3: Always communicate with your roommates

If something your roommate is doing is bothering you, let them know right away. Chances are, you won’t hurt their feelings by telling them the truth, and you’ll be able to avoid passive-aggressive fights. 

Tip #4: Set time to hang out

You and your roommate might not be best friends, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spend time together. Plan activities that interest everyone; it could be cooking dinner together, binge-watching a TV show, or even unwinding with a cold beer or a glass of wine.

Tip #5: Move into Common

When you move into Common, you don’t have to spend hours looking for a roommate on Craigslist. Instead, you can move into a fully furnished home with just your belongings and become part of a community of creative, diverse, and friendly Common members. Did you find these tips helpful? Let us know! And if you’re interested in moving into a Common home, you can take a free tour today.

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