(Closed) New apartment- which roommate gets the "GOOD" room??

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Post # 32
837 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@chicagoworkinggirl:  I’d do like PP mentioned and decide how much the bigger room should cost and then draw straws or pick numbers, etc. But I’d also recommend that this is a great opportunity to make sure that you don’t end up in another rental where you feel as though you are living in a shoebox. There have got to be plenty of 2 bedroom apartments with rooms that are decent sizes, if not the same size. You’d better stick up for yourself, though, because otherwise you’ll just find yourself in the same situation. Mention to her that you’re relieved that you get a chance to find a place where you’re living in a more decent sized room because you’re starting to go a little crazy from being cooped up in a shoebox-sized room.

Good luck!! 

Post # 33
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I agree with PP that it’s based on who pays more. I’ve lived in a few places with varying numbers of roommates and it’s always based on size of room. That’s really the fairest way to break it down IMO.

Post # 34
9753 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

@chicagoworkinggirl:  After MANY college living arrangments here’s some things that I think work

  • Whoever has the bigger room either: contributes more to the rent OR takes on a specific chore – like they are always in charge of dishes or they are always in charge of taking out the trash.
  • Whoever has the smaller room gets a designated space of their own in a common area (like you get to put your desk/computer/etc in the living room) OR the person with the smaller room gets an extra closet in the house (hall closet/linen closet/whatever becomes their personal closet for clothes or anything else)
  • Number the rooms #1 and #2 or label them “big” and “small” and put the numbers or names in a hat. Flip a coin to see who gets to pick out of the hat. Whoever picks gets the room that they picked from the hat and the other person is left with the other choice. 

This worked out nicely with the last roommate I had.  There was a large bedroom, a small bedroom, and an office. We picked from the hat and I got the large bedroom (YAY) so to compromise she got to put her vanity in the hallway by our upstairs bathroom, she got to pick the location she wanted her desk in our office, and she got full reign of the spare closet in the office.

Hope this helps!

Post # 35
1585 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Yup. Echoing other people here, bigger room pays slightly more. That’s how my friends have always done things. Couples pay their equal share, roommates pay staggered amounts based on who has the larger space.

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