First and foremost I want to apologize to all my readers for not putting a post last Tuesday. I don't want to give you an excuse because for the most part, it won't change the fact that on November 16th, there was no post. I'm not going say that I will never ever ever miss a post again but I do want you all to know that I will try my hardest to get them out on time like always (but in the rare occasion I don't, please don't bring out the pitchforks)


Finally, fourth year has come around and I'm in the process of finding living with new roommates for my final year (No, there are no problems with my current roommates, we just all don't want to sign a full year lease because A) we don't want to deal with subletters once we've graduated and B) a few are only back for one semester, it's difficult to get a place all together where we can live for  4 and 8 months.)
Since I'll be living with another friend of mine, and therefore restarting the whole "roommate process" again, I thought I would put some of my past three years of student life in to a post to enlighten those about to embark in the world of living with roommates. 
Whether you're moving out of campus residence or about to graduate into the real world and are looking to find roommates, hopefully this guide will help you find some awesome roommates (I've been told I'm a great advice giver). 

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// Where to Find Roommates //

Who do I live with?

Essentially, you have three options. You can either:

A. Live on your own, 
which I don't recommend because it can be really expensive,
especially in Waterloo, plus you do learn a lot by living
with roommates

B. Be randomly assigned,
some student housing managements can assign you into a unit
with others, which is often done to fill up a whole unit. This can
often be risky because you'll limited say on who you're living with

C. Find a group on your own to live with,
Places to find potential roommates include: your
residence, school clubs you are in, roommate wanted
ads, sports teams/intramurals you are on, classmates


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The Roommate Situation | Le Northern Belle

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// Are They the Right Fit //



Now it's time for some deep-thinking and honesty. Can you actually imagine living with this person?


This is the time to look at everything your potential roommate does and see if you can deal with it or are these possible deal breakers. Remember once you've signed a lease together, you're pretty much joined for the entirety of the contract, so ensuring they are a good fit is pretty darn important. Somethings to consider (about yourself and your roommate) are:


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Is this person an uber slob (You'll never see your floors again) or meticulously neat (i.e. everything needs to be in its place, ALWAYS)? 

Is this person an early bird or a night owl?

What are their worst habits?

How many people can you, sanely, live with? 
(I currently live with six other people. For me, it's a hoot! )

Will they never be around on weekends? (it's not fun being home alone)


// The Big Talk //

Establishing House Rules

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You most likely won't have this discussion until after you've moved in, but this is definitely something that needs to happen. Rules exist in every part of society, from no cheating on test and no speeding on the roads to no cell phones at the dinner table. House rules are important. And no I am not talking about these house rules, I am talking about these house rules. In my first off-campus apartment, my roommates and I all decided to have a house meeting where we discussed things like House Rules and Finances. It might be hard to be "that" friend who tries to establish rules, but trust me when I say you're roommates will thank you down the road when issues come up (You're Welcome!)

Things to consider in your house rules are:'
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How will you split up chores?
Where to keep the thermostat at?
What is a reasonable time to have dishes done?
Eating other people’s foods/How to do Groceries?
Guests and Parties
Noise 
**What to do with dishes that have been sitting for over a week?

**I had a roommate once who used to leave dishes for days, and we knew it was hers because all she would cook for like weeks straight was tomato soup. So we left them there and just washed our own. Then she left for the Bahamas for a week, dishes still in the sink. So what we decided to do was to pile all her dishes in front of her door. She wasn't too happy about that when she came back. She put the dishes back in the sink and when we asked her to wash them, she denied that they were hers, went to her room, packed her bags and left for like another week. Let’s just say, rules like these would have been helpful if we had them.
Here's a link to a longer list of issues you'll definitely want to discuss when you have you're first house meeting!

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// Roommate Activities //


Roommates are like any other relationship you'll have. They require work. With the hectic schedule of student or work life, don't forget to schedule time to hang out with your roommates. 

Have dinner at the same time -or- have a house dinner
Go see a movie together
Have a  coffee/study date
Watch TV (ahem... How to get away with Murder!) each week
Go grocery shopping at the same time
Coordinate Gym Time
Go to the Adventure Rooms
Just chill on the couch and have life chats

Whatever it is that you decide to do, just make sure you plan some kind of time together (and fill each other on how life's going)

All in all, if you're courteous and respectful of one another, you should have yourself an awesome year with your roommate(s)

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