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Things to be Considered When Choosing a Roommate

(Information obtained from Preparing Adolescents for Young Adulthood (PAYA), Handbook for Skill Development, Massachusetts Department of Social Services – click here to visit website)

Personality

  1. I would describe myself as this type of person:
  2. This makes me angry:
  3. When I get angry, I:
  4. I don't like it when someone:
  5. When I am alone I feel:
  6. If I have a problem, I:
  7. I get nervous when:
  8. For an appointment, I am always:
  9. I feel happy when:
  10. If I could change one thing about myself, it would be:

Lifestyle

  1. When I have free time, I like to:
  2. I usually watch television for (number of hours per week):
  3. My favorite TV programs are:
  4. I usually go to bed and get up at (time of night/day):
  5. I generally talk on the telephone for about (minutes/hours per week):
  6. Spending time alone is:
  7. The kind of music I usually listen to is:
  8. Cooking is:
  9. I usually eat (when and where):

Expenses

  1. Do you have enough money to live on your own?
  2. Have you planned a weekly/monthly budget?
  3. Have you been able to save some money on a regular basis?
  4. Do you have a steady income?
  5. Are you usually able to pay your bills on time?
  6. Do you often need to borrow money from others?
  7. What do you think about putting some money aside, having a “cash kitty,” for the common household expenses?
  8. Should you and your roommate each buy your groceries separately or should you share the food bill?

Family and Friends

  1. Do you have a lot of family and friends who will visit often?
  2. Would frequent visitors bother you?
  3. What are your feelings about your roommate having overnight guests?
  4. Boyfriends?
  5. Girlfriends?
  6. Should you and your roommate set some rules about overnight guests?
  7. What are your feelings about parties at your apartment? What kind of parties? Number of guests?
  8. Can you say “no” to your friends if you need time to yourself?

Household Chores

  1. Is a neat and clean apartment important to you?
  2. Are there certain chores you really dislike and some you don't mind?
  3. How do you think you and your roommate should share the chores?

Other

  1. Do you smoke? If so, how often.
  2. Do you use drugs?
  3. Do you have any medical problems?
  4. Does it bother you if others borrow or use your belongings (clothes, TV, radio, food)?