Tips for living with a roommate

tips for living with a roommate

Are you living in or planning a move to NYC? Well, as I’m sure you know, rent is not cheap here! With NYC being one of the most expensive places to live in the country, people have to find ways to ease the cost of their rent, which is why a lot of people, not just college students, settle on living with roommates.

Living with a roommate in NYC can be an exciting and fulfilling experience. However, when you mix different backgrounds and habits acquired from being brought up differently, and living in different households, you’re bound to find some conflicts in the way you and your roommate(s) like to live. Read on for a few basic tips on how to live in harmony with your new roommate(s).


Set up some ground rules

living in a small apartment with a roommate

Whether you are moving in with your best friends or a complete stranger, it is important to establish some basic rules that you both agree on. Do you need to establish a cleaning regimen for different sections of the house? Are you willing to share food or toiletries? If so, what are you willing to share? It is important to distinguish what is and is not ok when sharing your living space. Doing this right at the beginning will head off a lot of potential disagreements and misunderstandings.


Respect personal space

Roommates in an NYC apartment

When you are living with someone, it is important to respect their personal space and belongings. A typical NYC apartment is usually pretty small and you’ll be in close quarters – be courteous to your other roommate(s) by taking their needs into account. The golden rule applies in this situation: treat others as you would want to be treated yourself. As a courtesy to your roommate, listen to music with headphones, go outside if you want to smoke, don’t make a lot of noise or turn on bright lights when they’re trying to sleep, and be sure to keep shared spaces clean. It is important to make sure everyone in the house is comfortable, even if it means taking some extra steps to do so.


Spend some quality time together

roommates laughing and talking

Even though you may already see them more than anybody else, it could be nice to set some time aside where you hang out with each other. Getting to know your roommate can improve your relationship with that person and make your living situation much more enjoyable. Find something you like to do together and make a point to have “Roomie Date Night” at least once a month or so.

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