Should I Have a Roommate?

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Roommates can make or break your living experience, and let’s be honest: living with another human in close quarters is tough. We’ve all heard the horror stories of best friends who decide to be roommates their freshman year of college, only to have a serious falling out before midterms.

While we’d all like to think we’re more mature than our freshman-year-of-college selves, plenty of adults still experience roommate issues. Fortunately, unlike freshman year, you get to decide whether or not you live with a roommate. So if your living situation is about to change and you find yourself asking, “Should I have a roommate?” think through these considerations before making a decision.

Introvert or Extrovert

Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert should impact your decision about having a roommate. Not to say that introverts shouldn’t have a roommate, but they should make sure that their roommate respects their need for alone time.

After a long day of work or school, introverts need time to themselves to recharge. They just want to come home, eat dinner, and cuddle up with a book or Netflix — and not speak to a soul for the rest of the night.

Extroverts, on the other hand, may go out for happy hour with friends before coming home and then have another friend come over to watch Bachelor or a highly anticipated sports game. They are happiest when constantly surrounded by people.

Whichever side of the spectrum on you fall on, remember that your luxury apartment is your place to recharge — however you choose to do so — and you deserve to feel comfortable there.


A common reason that people choose to have a roommate is to save money. Even though multi-bedroom apartments are more expensive than one bedroom apartments, it’s less money per person. With a roommate, you’re also able to split your utility costs with them.

Work Schedule

Do you have an odd work schedule? Maybe you’re a nurse working night shifts, or you work Saturday to Wednesday instead of the typical Monday to Friday. Having an irregular work schedule can be hard on roommate relations, because when they’re trying to sleep you’re awake and vice versa.


Similar to your work schedules jiving, it’s important to consider how your personalities mesh. If you like to keep your apartment neat and tidy, but your roommate leaves his or her dishes in the sink for you to clean up, frustration will begin to build. If they like to talk during TV shows but you like to watch in silence so you don’t miss anything, you’ll be trying to contain your annoyance instead of enjoying the show. While you may not think these things will bother you, tension will build over time.

At Arden Place luxury apartments, we offer beautiful one, two, and three bedroom apartments. Whether you decide to live with a roommate or fly solo, we have the perfect floor plan to meet and exceed your needs.

Arden Place is a luxury apartment community located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Neither urban, nor rural, Arden Place offers the perfect atmosphere for its residents to work and play. Schedule a tour to see why recently ranked in the Elite 1% of J Turner Research’s ORA™ Power Ranking.

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