Selecting a Roommate

Your choice of roommates is something that will have a huge effect on your living experience. You will have to share a space with these people for a year, so you need to make sure that you and the people you live with can coexist peacefully for that time. Important things to consider in a potential roommate:

Tolerance for Mess

It is a sad reality of living with roommates that the person who has the lowest tolerance for mess does the bulk of the cleaning. Try to pick someone with a similar tolerance for mess to minimize conflict.

Sleep Schedule

Try to find roommates that have somewhat similar sleep schedules to you. Constantly waking your roommates or having to be quiet all the time because somebody is sleeping can put significant strain on your relationship and makes everyone miserable.


In this case trustworthiness does not only relate to their moral fibre but also to the soundness of their judgement. Your roommate could be the nicest person in the world but their bad judgement could lead to the destruction of your property or any number of other negative consequences. Remember that if you sign the same lease as your roommate you can be held responsible if they do not pay the rent. You can also be held equally responsible for noise complaints or damage to the property.

Smoking and Pets

Being a smoker and having a pet are both things that will severely limit your choices when it comes to finding a place to live. Pets and smoking are also things that bother some people and are a necessity to others so make sure you and your roommates are in agreement on these subjects.