Hello! Enjoy this blog post from a blog friend of mine. As you know, I’m all about having roommates in order to lower your expenses. Here’s what Adam has learned from having roommates.
I’ve always had roommates.
Since the day I got to college, I’ve been splitting rooms, apartments and houses with a long parade of strangers (college just puts you with somebody), friends, fraternity brothers, and acquaintances. Some of them have worked out great. They were phenomenal roommates and have become lifelong friends. Others were complete disasters, even if they were nice people.
Personalities can clash, ideas about cleanliness can vary significantly, and other issues that never occurred to you can pop up.
When I graduated college and started my career, I really didn’t have to have a roommate. I was living in a low cost part of the country, making a solid salary, and could have easily afforded a 1 bedroom apartment or even a house with a bit of savings.
Instead, I just kept the streak alive. My first apartment was a 2-bedroom, 1 bath, in an older complex. It wasn’t fancy, but it was 5 minutes from work, in a decent neighborhood, and only cost $600 a month (that is not a typo). I didn’t know anyone in my new city, so I started out living solo, but as I made friends, I found another guy looking for a place to live. Once we hit it off, he moved in and my bills instantly dropped by half. For the next year, I spent $300 on rent and maybe another $150 on utilities and internet. [Read more…]