At some point in time, most of us have lived with roommates. It's definitely a must when you're a student. Splitting down rent and utilities allows you to live in a comfortable place. Currently, I have none, but I used to have some quite recently. Here are a few tips to make life easier when living with roommates.
1. Share Your Tech
One of the strangest experiences that I've had is getting a new roommate who spends all of his time in his room. You never know what he's up to. This is remedied easily by sharing some tech. For example, one of the roommates had a TV and stereo which he put in the living room. I added an Xbox 360 and all that was needed to play video games. Another roommate brought in some appliances. This allows you to interact with your roommates socially. It can be a lot more fun than playing video games all alone in your room.
Some items, like bread, milk, olive oil, cooking oil, coffee, etc, were bought by all three of us, so we shared these expenses. We simply crossed these out when we did them, and updated the financial spreadsheets with the amount of money we had put into the household.This includes stuff like cleaning supplies, toilet paper, and other items that we saw as household expenses.
While some roommates might dislike it, keep a track of chores is another good idea if you want to keep things tidy. Some people get motivated by seeing a list of things to do and being able to cross it off once it's completed.
3. Splitting Bills and Appliances Equally
While it's possible that only one roommate's name is on all of the bills, I have found that it's best to split up these bills, even though it might complicate things more when it comes time to pay them. Ultimately, it splits the financial burden and makes sense.
This also goes for appliances, depending if your apartment already has some or not, it's a good idea that everyone contributes when getting these. I remember when the previous roommate had moved out, he had taken the cooking range with him, as well as some furniture. All three of us ended up contributing to replace these lost items.
4. Hogging Tech
While it's good to share, it's impolite to hog tech, especially if it belongs to someone else. This has rarely happened to me, but it can. Roommates need to remember that even if they'd like to play with your Xbox 24/7, you might want to use it at some point in time.