July 28th, 2017
As with almost everything in life, your experience with your roommates is up to you. You can look at your roommates as just another way to reduce your rent, or they can become some of the closest friendships you’ll ever forge – the choice is yours (and your roommates’). So, in the interest of really getting to know the people with whom you share an apartment for rent, here are 3 tips to make living with roommates more enjoyable.
It stands to reason that if you and your roommates are doing things that annoy each other, you’re probably not enjoying your apartment experience very much. That’s why it’s important, at the outset, to establish a list of do’s and don’ts – a few ground rules, if you will. Have a good heart-to-heart, sit-down discussion with your roomies and come up with some agreed-upon rules of mutual respect. Talk about how to treat the common areas of your apartment, including the kitchen, bathroom, and living area. Come up with a chore chart, and share responsibilities to lighten the load. And, be flexible enough to amend the rules, if necessary, as other issues arise. Be open to additional discussions down the road, but be respectful. The last thing you want to do (besides stay up all night because your roommate is coming in at all hours) is offend the offender. It will only create additional drama in what could otherwise be apartment paradise.
Now that you’ve set some rules to avoid annoying each other, it’s time to take your newfound roommate respect to the next level. Plan some bonding experiences, and discover new ways to enjoy each another’s company. Some apartments have amenities that actually facilitate the fun, so take advantage. Go swimming at the pool, plan a weekly barbecue, or attend yoga class or hit the gym together. Whatever your apartment offers, services and amenities are a great way to get to know your roommates, while expanding your social and activity horizons.
Part of being a good roommate is being flexible and respectful. Do your part in keeping house rules, but don’t be too much of a stickler if someone else messes up. Put yourself in their shoes. It’s one thing to ensure that everyone keeps the rules (in a kind and considerate manner, of course); it’s quite another to cause drama over minor indiscretions. Also, part of being flexible includes trying new things. If your roommate’s idea of fun involves something you’ve never tried, give it a go. Remember, roommate life is all about meeting new people and having fun, new experiences.
Face it: there’s a reason you don’t live alone. Sure, you’re grateful for your roomies’ share of the rent every month, but deep down there’s something more – the companionship, the camaraderie, close-knit friendships that can last a lifetime. Where would you be without your roommates, and where would they be without you? A little bit lonelier with a little less cash, that’s where. You guys are in this together, might as well make it enjoyable while it lasts.