Living with a roommate: Everything you need to be aware of

September 22, 2022

Pros and cons of living with an roomate

Whether you live alone or get a roommate will depend on how much you value your finances, privacy, frequency of company, and general convenience around the home relative to the other factors.

Pros of living with a roommate

If you have been considering living with a roommate but want to know precisely what you can get out of it, we can break this down into financial, emotional, and physical support.

Your expenses will go way down

If you consider bringing a roommate in or renting a new place with one, statistics say that it is probably because you need some way to improve your financial situation.

If you own your own home and are renting out a bedroom, how much more money you will see will depend on how much you choose to charge for rent. The beauty of this arrangement is that you can take into account all of the current costs associated with living alone and financially plan in a way that makes sense for your current situation.

When you move into a new place with a roommate, your rent and bills are usually cut in half! However, with rent being one of the most significant regular expenses people pay, cutting this in half by doing something as easy as getting a roommate can feel effortless.

You will rarely be lonely

You may not be moving in with your best friend, but having a roommate around means that you will often have someone to talk to or hang out with, and you won’t even have to leave home. If you often struggle with loneliness, living with a roommate can save you from that.

Many roommates will eventually become friends. This may happen because you find that you have a lot in common, or it might occur despite your very little in common. Like with colleagues, being around someone daily will create a sort of relationship, no matter how minor, and this can be a great comfort when you are going through difficult times.

You will have an extra pair of hands

Splitting financial obligations is not the only physical benefit of having a roommate. You will also be able to share tasks related to the household. This could be implemented by a cleaning schedule, where the tasks are divided evenly per person, or it could be more of an ad hoc system where each of you does your bit when you can.

In both cases, this will save you a lot of time you would otherwise have spent on chores. There can also be material benefits to this. For example, if you have always needed to drive far to pick up groceries or other regular supplies, you can now split these trips and save a lot of money on gas.

Another benefit that very few people think about with roommates is having someone in the home when you are away. For example, if you need to leave your place for a week due to something like an unforeseen family emergency, you no longer must worry about how you are going to find someone to feed your cat at the last minute.

Cons of living with a roommate

If you feel like living with a roommate might be the correct move but would like to know what the potential negatives are, the main ones have to do with privacy, social overload, and conflict.

You will not be able to be fully alone

If you are a very private person or particularly introverted, you might find yourself overwhelmed at times by the fact that even if you retreat into your bedroom and lock the door, there is still another person just outside of it. Moreover, you will have no right to ask them to leave to give you privacy.

Unless you have an en suite, you may encounter them whenever you need to use the bathroom, and the same is true for when you want to cook or grab something from the kitchen.

Your roommate may also want guests to visit them, and then you will have strangers in your home, which many people find very off-putting or even alarming.

You might be drawn into unwanted situations

No matter how much you enjoy helping people or being in complex social situations, everyone has a limit to how much they can endure. If yours is low, you may find living with a roommate emotionally exhausting.

Spending an evening with your best friend, comforting them after a breakup, and going home afterward is easy enough. However, if that situation or one similar were to play out with your roommate, you would not have a home to escape to when you needed to recharge.

You may experience conflict

The darker side of unwanted social situations with roommates is direct conflicts. These can be huge disagreements that are explosive and very stressful, like an argument over loud music at night, or they can be a very high volume of more minor irritants, like your roommate never putting their dishes away. If you are sensitive to conflict, you may find that this arrangement is not worth it.

Conclusion

We showed you few pros and cons for choosing to live with a roommate or deciding to live alone. So if you have been on the fence about it for a while, you now have the information you need to make the final decision.

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