People often face challenges when it comes to finding the right roommate. Although Ottawa rental agencies can help you find the perfect apartment, finding a roommate that fits all of your criteria can be more difficult. This is why it is important to outline all of the house rules. Here is how you can plan out your own roommate agreement:

Points to Ponder
First, consider all of the points you feel could interfere with keeping you happy. Some common points of contention can include:

  • Issues such as playing loud music, boyfriends or girlfriends sleeping over and even loud televisions that could distract from your study time
  • An agreed upon lights out and quiet time so you can sleep or even allot for study time
  • Cleaning policy such as how often and who does what
  • Entertaining guests including how many at a time and what days of the week, etc.
  • Furniture sharing including TV, electronics equipment, small appliances, etc.
  • Dating policies, i.e. when someone has a boy/girl over and privacy surrounding dates
  • Agreed upon room temperature for comfort
  • Some sort of arrangement to resolve issues and arguments
  • Ownership of private items and sharing or not sharing including clothes or food

You can then have a form that you can ask potential roommates to fill out to get a feel for their lifestyle and type of roommate they would make with questions such as:

  • Smoker/drinker
  • Usual hours kept such as waking time, sleeping time, study time, dinner time, etc.
  • Messy or neat
  • In a relationship or not
  • Expectations regarding entertaining
  • What types of classes they attend
  • What study/work habits they have

Your final draft of your roommate agreement can then outline:

  • Agreed upon quiet time and lights out
  • Agreed upon guest policy
  • What can be shared and what is off limits
  • Cleaning agreement
  • Agreed upon acceptable nights and times for entertaining
  • Overnight guest agreement
  • Policy for dating
  • Temperature arrangement
  • Music and television noise levels

Ottawa rental agencies are always a good resource to get you started on finding your student apartment. However, it will be up to you to find the right roommates and find ways to make it work. A roommate agreement is always a good start.