Try to keep in mind that your standards for comfort will probably be different from other people. Even if you know someone well and you feel that you get along, it doesn’t guarantee that you will live together problem free. That’s just part of the experience. The issue isn’t whether or not you will have differences of opinion, but how you handle and resolve the disagreements that will determine your satisfaction in living together. Here are a few things to consider when selecting a roommate:
- How well do you know the person(s) you intend to live?
- Has the person(s) you are thinking about sharing a house or apartment with ever lived off-campus before?
- Has the person(s) ever had utilities or a checking account in their own name(s)?
- If the person(s) lived with roommate(s) before, how did they describe the experience? Was it “good” or a “nightmare,” and why? What did person(s) learn, if anything, from the experience?
Communication and the respect are two key elements necessary to make a roommate experience work. If you’re not talking or not respecting each other, then you are bound to have problems which will make your off-campus experience difficult.
The Monmouth University Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services (OCCS), in conjunction with OCH101 and My Ideal Home Network, have created the following Web-based roommate finder as a service to Monmouth students who need to find a roommate(s) for current or future apartments.