Pros and Cons of Having Roommates

The Roommates Dilemma

According to Pew Research Center, 22% of young adults (aged 18-34) have roommates, while only 14% live alone.  Your decision to room with someone or house solo will depend on many different factors: Can you afford rent on your own? Can you find roommates you trust? Are you happier being around others?

Deciding to take a roommate or not can be tough. Your best route is to weigh your options–and, unfortunately, each contains its own peaks and pitfalls. Still stuck? Here are a few pros and cons to help you make the move.


  • Having a roommate usually means lower rent and bills (when costs are split).
  • Sharing rent often means you can afford a larger (and nicer) apartment or home.
  • Roommates make socializing easy and convenient.
  • Co-habitants often share the burden of furnishing an apartment or home.
  • Roommates can share other external costs, such as transportation and food.
  • Having co-payees or a group on a lease alleviates the burden on any one renter.
  • Different types of roommates can offer different strengths to improve your household.


  • Having a roommate means less freedom and restricted space.
  • You’ll likely have less privacy living with others than alone.
  • More residents means less control over how your household is run.
  • Having a roommate may mean more distractions (such as noise and visitors).
  • With a greater number of residents, you may face challenges with issues like cleanliness and personal hygiene.
  • If you have a roommate, you’ll need to navigate different lifestyles and preferences.
  • You are essentially “stuck” with any roommate until a lease or contract ends.

Ultimately, every living situation–whether renting solo or in a group–will be a learning experience. If you’re a student or recent graduate and need help finding a roommate or place to stay, search 4stay to find your perfect home.



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