Tips for Living With NYC Roommates

1. Sharing Common Spaces

No matter how small your new apartment in NYC is, you probably have some kind of common space. It could be an actual living room but, more likely than not, it’s a small space with just enough room for a couch and a little flat screen. This area is probably going to be the biggest flash point for tension among roommates. A good approach is to have a plan to share this space, which includes making sure the person responsible for keeping it clean is aware of that fact and that everyone knows how often guests can sleep over on the couch.

2. Coordinating Schedules

New York is the city that never sleeps, and if you’re a new arrival, you probably already know that firsthand. You’re working around the clock to make rent each month and spending your remaining hours exploring all the city has to offer. If everyone in your home is working a 9-5 job, coordinating is easy, but if roommates are working freelance or have irregular schedules, it can be challenging. Working out a schedule for using the shower, kitchen and other facilities is a simple way to keep your apartment functioning smoothly and make sure everyone gets to their desk on time.

3. Take Advantage of Takeout (Rather Than Cooking)

Most people say they like cooking, but many of them aren’t honest. Cooking might be cathartic once in a while, but that’s about it. You don’t want to come home from a long day at work to spend hours in the kitchen making a mess that you get to clean up too. You’re not saving money either; unless you’re cooking for a family, the math doesn’t work in your favor. New York is full of great takeout spots, so go grab some dumplings, and use the time saved to get to know your roommates. Just make sure it’s clear who’s cleaning up after dinner.

Even with great rentals available in NYC, space is always at a premium. Being a good roommate isn’t difficult, and being considerate goes a long way. Take this advice to heart, and you’ll make the most of your time together!


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