Why you should share a room in college
Leasing season is right around the corner and rental agencies may already be crowding your inbox with luring advertisements. “Pick me Pick me” they say as they try to tempt you with attractive apartment renderings and a list of added amenities. While this is indeed tempting, the most enticing options don’t always support a college budget. So how do we get the nice looking place + the amenities for less? You may say that this is impossible – but I’m here to tell you that theres a way!
Spoil Alert! The answer is sharing a room.
Sharing a room is a great solution to finding affordable housing. Generally, the more people you live with, the cheaper your rent will be. And while it may seem like a crowded and undesirable experience sharing a room – I can tell you from experience that it isn’t that bad! In fact, it may not be crowded at all. Here is my room which fits two full size beds, a futon, and a coffee table with room to spare!
And if you need more convincing, let’s talk money. Why else would you choose to share a room with another college student? Here’s why: College is all about finding ways to get by the cheapest way possible. And what better way to save money than live with roommates? Do you think we all loved living in such close quarters with our freshman dorm roommate? No! We do this because if it were any other way it wouldn’t be affordable. So think of this solution like that… only better. Picture the price of the average apartment, now divide by two. Attractive right!?
Note: Usually when you add an additional person to a lease there will be a monthly fee for the extra person. For us its $50/month. This is still way better than paying for your own room!
To give you a better idea of the rest of our place, see the pictures below.
So to get to the point – Sharing a room past freshman year is not a bad idea, nor is it unpopular! When it comes down to making the decision, consider what you are able to afford and where you want to live. If the price is a bit higher than you want to spend, but you don’t want to pass up the opportunity to live there….sharing a room might be right for you!
Thanks for reading!