So, you’ve embraced the idea of student life and you’re looking for student accommodation. You’re prepared to live on beans, cider and roll-ups for the next 3 years and think it’ll be fun moving in with you’re new roomie. After all he or she seemed like great fun when they were showing round the place. Well there’s no better and quicker way to find out if you’re compatible with someone than to move in with them.
It’s like meeting a new BFF; you think you’ve got so much in common and all those nights partying have been a blast. But then… You go on holiday with them. It’s like test drive living together, suddenly they start getting on your nerves. All those slightly irritating habits they have are suddenly amplified in high wattage stereo. Believe me I’ve heard many a story about people who travel away together but travel home in separate ends of the airplane.
Well imagine if this happened with your room-mate. You’ve just saved every penny to put down a deposit and pay rent in advance and two weeks later you find yourself standing over your room-mates bed while she’s sleeping with a pillow in your hand.
To avoid a hefty prison sentence and a premature end to all current life prospects you may want to consider drawing up a roomie agreement. OK, so they’re not legally binding but that doesn’t mean they can’t be helpful.
Here are some examples of things you can thrash out when drawing up an agreement:
Will you be splitting the shopping bill or will there be a fridge full of labels with names on them. If needs must, I know somebody who resorted to marking how much drink was left in the bottle with permanent marker. Anal? Maybe just a little.
Are you both ok with each other’s visitors frequenting the place? Do you need set some boundaries and state a limit to how many is ok and by what time visitors should leave?
Are you really cool about hiding under the duvet at night to muffle out the moans and groans coming from the other side of the room?
- Alcohol & Parties
You may love to party but are you ok with your room becoming the new Friday & Saturday nightspot?
- Study time
Do you need complete silence when you study or do you need to blast the music? What about you’re roomie? If one needs peace and one needs to vibe what then? Will you allocate study periods and make yourself scarce when it’s not your time? Or will you study together.
- Is Sharing Caring?
This one is particularly relevant to the female roomies out there. How are you going to feel when you bump into your roomie on campus and she’s wearing you’re favourite jeans? Will you insist on taking them back there and then and let the humiliation serve her right? Or are you ok about things like that as long as there washed and returned?
Ask yourself and you roomie all these questions from the start. At least by thrashing it out and having the discussion you can gauge your compatibility. Nip any potential causes for contention in the bud, you may come across a little bossy and stiff but it’s better than a nasty surprise later in the day.