It’s the spring semester, so many high school students are looking forward to college and living away from their parents for the first time. For many, living in the dorms means living with a roommate (siblings don’t count!) for the first time as well. You’d think that living with a roommate is like having a built-in best friend, but as many of us know, the bloom goes off that rose all too quickly.
And teenagers aren’t the only ones who have to worry about choosing the right roommate. Thanks to a crappy economy, sluggish job market, and skyrocketing housing prices in the most popular cities, more adults are moving in with mom, dad, or roommates than ever before. While some might see this trend as depressing, a setback to be endured for the least amount of time possible, others are embracing it.
Some adults, even those as old as 40, say they’ve grown to enjoy the companionship of having other people around to talk to, and to share the bills and the chores. “[W]hat we might not realize is how living with others is beneficial to not only finances, but also to physical well-being,” writes Leilani Clark for Shareable. ”Little did I know that the loneliness I was experiencing on a daily basis in my tucked-away studio was actually bad for my health.”
Thinking about taking on (or moving in with) a few roommates? Whether it’s for financial reasons or social desires, the infographic below will show you how to choose your roommate with confidence.
Infographic Source: CheapestColleges.org
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