Roommates are an excellent way to cut expenses and an even better way to become socially involved in the academic experience. However, before moving in with someone, there are a few things that should be considered to make sure you and your new roommate are compatible. Consider the following as topics for discussion when searching for a roommate:
- Rent and Utilities: Determine how to divide the costs of rent and utilities. Unless there is a considerable difference in bedroom size, the expenses will most likely be split evenly between the roommates.
- Daily Living Expenses: Determine how to divide the daily living expenses. Common-use items such as groceries, cleaning supplies, and everyday household items should be considered when deciding how these everyday expenditure will be shared.
- Community Property: The use and cost of community property such as furniture and appliances should also be discussed.
- Personality: Determine the type of person(s) that may fit your roommate criteria. Do you want a smoker or a non-smoker, the life of the party or a homebody, etc.
- Communicate: Exchange emails, talk on the phone, and/or correspond with potential roommates. If there is an indication that the situation may not work out move on the next possible roommate.
- Meet: Request a meeting with prospective roommates to plan and discuss the housing agreement.
- References: Ask for and offer references from previous landlords and/or roommates.
To search for another Georgetown Law community member to live with or rent from, please join the Off-Campus Housing group on orgsync: Orgsync.com
For additional assistance please contact our Off-campus Housing Coordinator Meada Maury-Rice or call the Office of Residence Life at (202) 662-9290