How to find a great roommate

How to find a great roommate

A great roommate is a very valuable commodity indeed; however, it is a commodity that can be rather difficult to find.  The truth is that the perfect roommate might be different depending on the perception of the person involved of course, and even someone who is highly recommended is not necessarily going to be right for you.

Whether you are looking to move after a bad experience or are leaving home for the first time, you will always want to have a good roommate.  How your roommate behaves can make living in your pad a wonderful or horrendous experience; therefore, it is very important to get it right.  Fortunately there are a number of tips to help you to find the most suitable roommate.

The first thing you should do is to look at the people you know – especially those closest to you.  While there are some occasions when friends can fall out when they start living together, generally speaking people who already like one another are much more likely to be compatible and enjoy living together than complete strangers who may have absolutely nothing in common.  You are also likely to be more understanding and forgiving with someone who is already a friend, and living with a flatmate who is also a friend will make the experience much more fun.

If your close friends are not an option, distant friends or friends of acquaintances can be viable options.  If you have to advertise for a roommate to move in with you, be specific about the type of flat you have and the kind of person you are looking for, and take the time to meet all interested parties.