So you’re considering living in off-campus housing as it’ll give you the independence you crave. Living off-campus can be a great experience as it helps to prepare you for life after university. But while you’re living off-campus should you have a roommate? Would you be happy living on your own or do you need to be around people?
This article explores the highs and lows of having a roommate so you can make an informed decision.
A Larger Group of Friends
If you live with a roommate or two, you will have a larger group of friends. This is because their friends are likely to become your friends. You’re likely to have a lot more support because you have more people around you. Chances are you’ll also form friendships that will last a lifetime.
The downside to living with at least one other person is that you might not always have the privacy or quiet time you need. You can set boundaries and ask not to be disturbed. You might not need to set any boundaries, some roommates will let you have some quiet time if they see your bedroom door is closed.
When you’re looking at prospective student apartments, you’ll no doubt be aware of how much they cost. Here is where having at least one roommate can make a difference. The more roommates you have, the more money you will save. You could also split the cost of the groceries and other bills.
Make sure you sit down with your roommates and talk about money. Some may have more money than others, however, the bills need to be split fairly. Everyone will need to contribute to the apartment.
If you live on your own, you will have to deal with the cost yourself. However, it may be worth the cost if you’re a bit of an introvert and like to be by yourself.
Help with Coursework
While you might not be studying the same subject as your potential roommate, you could still get help. Help with your coursework, even if the help comes in the form of moral support, can help no-end. Ask your roommate to proofread your coursework, or ask them for ideas.
If you don’t like the sound of asking someone for advice, you may have to deal with your coursework on your own. Many people are happy to not ask for advice and will work on their coursework by themselves. If the thought of this scares you, you could consider having a roommate. Alternatively, you could make friends at university and ask one of them for help.
What do you think about having a roommate? Does thinking about it fill you with dread, or are you excited by the prospect? Have a think about what you want from your accommodation and whether you’ll be happy living with someone else. When you do this, you’re more likely to make a decision that is right for you.