If you’re like me and live in New York City, having a roommate or two is part of the package, (unless there’s a secret neighborhood you guys are all living in let me know!) Haha, no I love my roommate. I hear horror stories from friend’s past roommate fights etc., and living in NYC is exhausting enough, you want to come home to safe environment. So, I thought I’d provide a quick list of things that are working well with me and my roomie, as well as some other advice! Let’s get into it. 

  • First, sitting down and writing out a contract of how much each of you will pay in rent etc. You want to have this IN WRITING in case something happens or someone tries to make up excuses for not paying in full. 
  • Have a chat about what makes you uncomfortable. For example, my roommate and I are two single gals, and we both know our apartment is too small for anyone else. So significant others need to stay at their places if you know what I mean…
  • We basically have opposite schedules. When I wake up, she’s already out for the day. And when she comes home, I’m out for the day. It’s nice to not be on top of each other all the time. Take each other’s schedules into consideration when deciding on a roomie.
  • YOU WOULD RATHER BE ROOMIES WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS OCD THAN A SLOB. Keeping your apartment clean is BIG. No one wants to come home to dishes in the sink etc. But, we’re all busy, so my roommate and I pick up each other’s slack from time to time.
  • Having open communication. If something is bothering you, don’t let it fester. Let them know. You’d rather have it discussed calmly than letting that stuff build. 
  • Remember that you are now sharing a space with someone, you can’t expect them to completely transform their habits to fit yours, vice versa. 
  • For me, I am more comfortable living with someone I know. My roommate and I are close friends, but we are not each other’s besties. I think this has worked well with our relationship. 
  • Use each other- in a good way! It’s great to have someone there all the time. Your toilet breaks, you guys can handle it together. You need help with a fire Instagram pic, you’ve got a photographer right there. 
  • Split everything. Just go ahead and do it. Even if you Venmo them $2 for hand soap. It’s just so much easier, now you don’t have to worry about keeping track of who owes who what.
  • You have each other’s back and will create a bond that you can’t have with anyone else. Take care of each other, you guys are in this together. 

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