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Find a Roommate: A Look at the Top Roommate Websites

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Finding a great roommate can be a crucial part in your quality of life. A bad roommate can make living downright miserable. A roommate that you can't trust can add unwanted stress to your life. Finding a trustworthy, fun roommate is much easier than in the old days where you had to put an ad in the newspaper or hang a flyer on a bulletin board with your phone number on 15 tabs of paper. There are many websites that can assist you in finding exactly what you are looking for. read more

How to Handle a Smelly Roommate

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It's every renter's nightmare. You walk into your apartment and get a whiff of a strange smell. It's hard to identify, but it's bad. You follow your nose, and unexpectedly, it does not lead you to the kitchen garbage. Instead, your nose takes you straight to your new roommate's room. Uh oh. You've got a problem. Cleaning out a smelly refrigerator or recycling bin is an unpleasant but manageable task. Talking to your roommate about how bad he smells is another thing altogether. We spoke to renters about how they handled their smelly roommates--read on for their stories and the lessons they learned. read more

Should you Live with a Friend?

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At first glance, living with a friend can seem like a safe choice. You care about one another, enjoy each other's company and share similar tastes. What could go wrong? Plenty. Many friendships don't survive the transition to roommate-hood. The very factors that drew you together may push you apart when you share a roof. Marisa remembers what made her want to live with her friend Rebecca during their senior year in college. "Rebecca had the kind of energy that drew people to her; everyone wanted to be around her, including me. I figured that our senior year apartment would be a really fun place to be." The apartment was fun--maybe a little too much fun. "We had crazy parties that Becca organized. She always had the energy to plan the party, but never to clean up. She didn't seem to mind if the apartment was always a terrible mess. Or maybe she didn't know it because I was always cleaning it." By the end of their senior year, Marisa came to feel that she was being taken advantage of. "It really spoiled the friendship. I talk to her once in a while on IM, but it's really not the same." read more

How To Handle Roommate Issues

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As a youngster, you never understood why you had to do chores—couldn’t dishes and things just take care of themselves? Some people never grow out of this stage, and have difficulty cleaning up after themselves. Others never learn to respect boundaries or really listen to what people are telling them. If you’re in the unfortunate situation of having a roommate who’s dirty, incommunicative, lazy, or who just doesn’t get it, here are some strategies for resolving major issues. First, let’s lay down the ground rules for dealing with difficult roommates. read more