A new school year often brings with it a new living situation. Maybe you are switching dorms. Maybe you're moving out of your parent's basement. Maybe you want an apartment of your own. But living with strangers can be hard, which is why picking the right one is essential. Thankfully, perfect roommates are out there. They should have:
A matching lifestyle
Cleanliness, sleep schedules, and noise levels tend to be conflict areas. That's why students should live with people who share those key traits.
A willingness to compromise
A shared house necessitates a lot of give-and-take. If potential roommates are controlling or appear unreasonably picky from the outset, it's a bad sign.
It's a tough subject but it pays to address it. At the very least: you should know whether your potential roommate can reliably afford rent.
Everyone has them. What people tend not to do is talk about them, which is a perfect setup for a perfect storm. The point here? Roomates should always sit down and discuss expectations before they move in.
A sense of humor
Something we've learned over the many years we've existed: the best roommates are good at laughing. At themselves, at the leaky sink, at the neighbor's constantly barking dog.