Three People, Two Rooms: How to Divide Living Expenses

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If you have three people living in a two bedroom apartment, you may be confused about how to divide your living expenses. While typically living expenses between two roommates are divided equally, a third roommate makes the calculation a little more difficult.

Base It on the Bathrooms

If two of the three roommates are sharing a bathroom, the individual with a private bathroom should pay a larger share of the living expenses. Usually, a private bathroom is worth $50 to $100 more a month, depending on the size of the bathroom. Note, however, that this solution might not work if the third occupant has a private bathroom, but the other two roommates occupy large bedrooms or have a more luxurious bathroom.

Base it on Square Footage

To determine the value of each space, calculate the square footage price of each room. To do so, divide the entire apartment’s square footage by the amount of rent you pay. This calculation gives you the price per foot of your apartment. Next, consult the apartment floor plan to determine the exact size of each room. Multiple the total number of square feet by the price per foot and voila! You now have the cost of that room. This method allows you to specify the dollar amount each roommate owes.

Estimate and Move On

While perhaps this method might mean paying a few dollars more for the square feet you occupy, estimating the amount of money the three of you should pay may be a more congenial way to handle the problem. After all, do you really want to be overly picky with the people you live with? As long the amount each party pays somewhat relates to their living quarters, set the amount and go have some fun.

4 Responses to “Three People, Two Rooms: How to Divide Living Expenses”

  1. June 16, 2011 at 7:41 am, abhishek said:

    Living in sharing does one important thing… saves our pocket! 🙂


  2. October 24, 2011 at 7:03 pm, Pat said:

    Unfortunately,there are people out there who refuse to pay ANY of the utility b
    bills, and just leave it in the other renter’s hands.
    Make sure every tenant is paying fair and
    equal. Otherwise, there wil be nothing but
    problems. At Lear they’re not your outlaws…


  3. October 04, 2012 at 3:36 pm, Jeannette King said:

    My daughter is a single mom and looking into sharing an apartment with a couple.Probably a three bedroom the couple would get the master bedroom and daughter and baby each would have a room.The couple thinks all expenses should be 50/50 they pay half and my daughter the other half.The couple both have jobs,I don’t feel this is a fair agreement,what is normal protocal for this arrangement?


  4. April 12, 2013 at 9:58 pm, RE said:

    Sharing the rent so why is this rent based on how much money the other party makes.
    hat if your daughter made twice as much as they pull in. Then your daughter should pay more
    cause she can??


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