I’m interested in sharing my Tallahassee apartment with a few roommates. Before I commit, what should I know about living with roommates?

Photo of The Venetian In TallahasseeThe Venetian offers roommate matching. This can help you find the perfect roommate or even a new best friend!

A question you might find yourself asking when heading off to Tallahassee Community College is whether or not you should get a roommate. Having a roommate can blossom into a lifelong friendship and turn into a great living experience. While living with a roommate(s) can be a great experience, there are several things to consider before determining if it's right for you. As is true with anything else in life, there are pros and cons that need to be weighed.

Compatibility

The first thing that probably comes to mind is, "Am I going to get along with my roommate?" This is definitely an important question to ask. If you don't get along with your roommate, your living situation can become uncomfortable and create undue stress. Good thing for you, some apartments near TCC offer roommate matching, which can be helpful in finding your perfect roommate. Roommate matching is a pretty simple process, just answer a short questionnaire about your preferred living style and habits. The apartment community will then match you to someone who fits your personality. Living with someone that you are compatible with will make all the difference.

Finances

One of the best things about having a roommate is sharing the living expenses. Instead of having to carry the full financial burden of an apartment, you can split rent and utilities with your roommate. To sweeten the deal even more, there are apartments near Tallahassee Community College that offer the amenity of being all-inclusive. These types of apartments bundle the cost of rent, electric, water, and sometimes even cable and internet into one convenient monthly bill. This will make it easier for you and your roommate to budget throughout the month. Some communities receive discounts on utilities due to having such a large contract of accounts. This will help you save even more money. Another thing to consider is splitting the cost of groceries. Having a roommate can help with the cost of shared goods such as toilet paper, cleaning supplies, paper towels, laundry detergent, and dish soap. You and your new roommate can also split the cost of meals in your TCC apartment.

Living Space

Having a roommate means you will need to be comfortable sharing your living space with someone else. If you're more of a private person, a roommate may not be the right choice for you. If you're ok with both of those things, then you should have no problem coexisting in your new apartment. An amenity you should look for in your TCC apartment is an individual lease in which you're only held responsible for your portion of the apartment. It's always nice to have a backup plan just in case things with your roommate don't work out. An individual lease protects you if your roommate doesn't pay their rent or damages their portion of the apartment.

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