You had some great times with your college roommate, and perhaps some not so great times, but either way he or she is a person you know. This may make your old roommate a top contender for future living situations.

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When graduation has come and gone, should you move in with your college roommates once again or seek out someone new? Here are a few things to consider:

Live With Your College Roommate If …

  1. You got along well. It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t grate on your nerves, has a similar cleanliness level as you and goes to bed at the same time. Whatever it was that caused you to mesh as roommates is worth preserving.

  2. They are reliable. If you know you can count on your former roommates to pay the rent and utilities on time, living with them a second time is not a bad option.

  3. You both want to live in the same place. Sometimes your life takes you in a different direction than that of your friends. Sometimes it doesn’t. Don’t try to force a living situation where both parties aren’t in agreement on where to live. However, if the same neighborhood or city is appealing to both of you–for reasons such as proximity to work, affordability, entertainment, etc.–go ahead and stick with your college roommate.

  4. You can agree on a budget. You and your college roommates might be in different financial situations after graduation, which means that finding a budget that suits all parties can be difficult. If you are all in a place where you can afford the same rent, go ahead and live together.

Don’t Live With Your College Roommate If …

  1. You didn’t like them. Though it may sound simple or harsh, whether or not you like your roommate can be a big deal. For example, if the other people in your college apartment never did dishes or had rowdy friends over frequently, you might have found that you felt resentment toward them. Just because graduation is over doesn’t mean they have changed. Avoid living with people who frustrated you in the past.

  2. They can’t stay the whole time. Most lease agreements last 12 months. You can get out early if you find a subleaser, but the whole situation can become hairy. If you know your college roommate won’t be with you all year, you may want to turn them down. They could find another person who doesn’t meet your standards or fail to get a replacement at all, which leaves you stuck with the rent.

  3. They can’t deal with change. Both of you will change in the time after graduation. Starting a career, forming new relationships and supporting yourself are huge life steps that will help you mature. If your college roommates only have one view of you that they can’t reconcile against your new personality, there could be tension in the apartment. Don’t live with anyone who will hold you back. This time is your time.

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