Questions to ask your roommate:
Tip: Most off-campus properties won't let you move to another unit or get out of your lease if you have roommate conflict.
Expectations when looking for an apartment together
- What is your budget?
- If rent or utilities must be paid with one check, how will you manage that? What happens if someone is late with a payment?
- If an apartment has rooms of different sizes, or some people share a bedroom and some have individual rooms, how will rent be divided?
- How far or close to campus do you want to be?
- Do you have a car or need parking?
- Is it important to you that you have your own bedroom and bathroom, or are you comfortable sharing?
- How important is household and personal security to you? Do you lock the doors while at home?
- How important is a clean household? How frequently do you expect your roommate to participate in household cleaning?
- Are you OK with personal property being left in common areas?
- What are your expectations of noise? Are you a night owl or an early bird?
- Are political or religious outlooks important to you?
- What are your thoughts on clothing in common areas? Are you comfortable with your roommate being in common areas wearing only underwear or a towel? What about guests?
- Do you have dietary restrictions or preferences? Do those restrictions or preferences limit how food is stored or consumed?
- Is smoking an issue? Are certain areas off limits or designated for smoking?
- What are your views on consumption of alcohol?
- What do you believe is a reasonable for guests visiting and/or staying over?
- Are there people (family members, significant other, friends) you expect will be stopping by frequently or for an extended period of time? How often?
- If the apartment allows pets, would you be comfortable if one roommate brought a pet(s)? What kinds of pets and how many?
- What type of relationship are you looking for with your new roommate? Are you looking for someone to just hang out with or someone to just share the bills?
- Do you want to share any household consumables or keep everything separate?
- Would we share possessions like a television, computer, or furniture? If so, what would the policy be for sharing these items?
- If we were to disagree on something, what do you think is a good way to work through conflict?