What Should I Look for in a Roommate?

Looking for a new roommate can be a stressful process (So stressful we created an app for it!). Who you live with can affect your quality of life in a major way. The last thing you want to do at the end of a long day is come home to the wrong person. Maneuver your way into housemate heaven by considering these three main categories during your hunt for the right person to share your address with:

  • Cleanliness

  • Social Life

  • Financials

Cleanliness

To get a good handle on the person you’re moving in with, you’re going to have to ask them about more than their zodiac sign. It never fails that a super tidy person gets partnered up with someone who doesn’t mind a bit of mess. So, it doesn’t hurt to discuss housekeeping expectations up front. Be sure to go beyond “clean” – That word means different things to different people. Instead try:

  • How often do you like to vacuum?

  • Do dishes in the sink bother you?

  • What are your thoughts on clutter?

Social Life

You hear your roommate coming in with friends in the middle of the night on a Wednesday, what do you do?

If you’re the type of person to spring out of bed and join the party, you’ve find the right roommate for you. But if you’re more the type to pull a pillow of your head and be angry until morning, you probably need a more chill roommate scenario.

Decide upfront what you want from your relationship with your roommate and what you’d like your home lives to be like. Maybe the “New Girl” is your dream roommate scenario and you want to live with a roommate you can also call a bestie. Or maybe, you don’t care if the person you live with spends every moment in their room with the door shut as long as they pay their rent on time. Talk these expectations over, so no one ends up disappointed.

You should also work out a guest policy. How many nights can a significant other stay over before you expect them to chip in on rent? Do you prefer parties be kept to the weekends? Say so. You’re grown, which means a scrunchie on the doorknob may not be enough – Let your roommate know if you’d like a heads up when company’s coming over. If you make any assumptions, you or your roommate could end up feeling put out.

Financials

Most of us were raised to believe talking about money is rude, but when someone’s finances are going to affect yours, it’s best to put your manners aside and ask. There’s been plenty of situations where one roommate didn’t pay their half of the rent, but the eviction notice ruined both roommates’ rental history. The BunkUp app allows you to filter roommates by price range, so you have a better understanding of the other person’s budget. Also, talk about additional costs like cable, internet, parking, etc. that could come up.

Find the Right Roommate Every Time

Don’t go it alone, use these tips and the BunkUp app to find your ideal roommate. The app makes it easy by:

  • Letting you use your social network to find a roommate

  • Connecting you with pre-approved agents

  • Allowing you to filter by location, gender, age, price range and more!

Download now – Available on Apple and Android.