(Closed) Rent split 3 ways or by bedroom? How is it supposed to work?

posted 4 years ago in Home
Post # 2
3220 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Meglin:  most of the time you work it out together based on who gets what room, who brings what furniture/takes up the most common space… There are a few online calculator options to help you figure it out.

Post # 3
586 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I lived with a couple for a while and we did it by room, but they had the master bedroom which had a bathroom in it and I used the bathroom in the hall that was also shared with guests so they paid like 60% of the rent and I paid 40% (but that’s pretty much the split that would have happened had it just been one of them in there, it was a really substantially nicer room, haha).

We definitely split utilities, etc per person (3 ways).

Post # 4
1888 posts
Buzzing bee

In my experience with roommates it’s always varied based on room size. I would expect a couple to take the larger room and pay more of the rent, but not quite 2/3.

Post # 5
47280 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If I were in your situation I would feel comfortable paying 2/3 of the rent and utilities.

Post # 6
9525 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Rent per room and utilities per person in my experience 

Post # 7
136 posts
Blushing bee

My partner and I currently live in this situation. Easiest and least tense way to do it, for us at least, is per person.

Post # 9
7449 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Since there are three of you who will be sharing the common space, splitting by bedroom isn’t exactly fair. Your roommie would be paying more than her share for the common space, and you and your fi would be paying less. You and your fi should pay more than half but less than 2/3, unless one bedroom is waaaaay nicer than the others or has a private bath. If you are taking the private bath, then just split 3 ways because you’re getting into some very petty, tiny calculations.

Post # 10
2166 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We split it per person, so we ended up paying the majority of the rent (FI and I) and my brother paid the least. At the time FI’s income and mine were seperate so we each were responsible for making sure we had our portions. Worked out fine for us. 

Post # 11
1236 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

The time I did this, we calculated it by square foot per person and divided it up that way. All utilities were split 3 ways, though.

Post # 12
8952 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Meglin:  How many living rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms are there? Unless there are more than 1 of these, splitting by bedroom isn’t fair. There are still 3 people using all these common areas. If it was your friend and her Boyfriend or Best Friend in one room and you in the other, what would you think was fair?

Post # 13
5088 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

Whirlwind03:  I think that this is the most fair way to do it. 

Take the square footage of the common areas and divide by 3 and add that to the bedroom square footage. Then figure out the percent from there. I guess this might be more difficult if you don’t know the square footage, but you may be able to estimate it.

Post # 14
9822 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

SithLady:  Yup I would agree with this.  I do not think it should be per room because then she is paying 1/2 of all common areas while you aren’t. To be the most fair, you should add up all of the square footage and divide.  All common areas need to be split 3 ways.  But if you don’t want to go to the work, just split the rent 3 ways.  1/2 to her and 1/2 to the two fo you is not fair.  Suck it up and pay your fair share- I would be very irritated if I had to pay for 1/2 the rent of the whole place while you each paid 1/4 and still look up 2/3 of the common area. Doing by square footage can help when bedrooms are vastly different sizes or when one includes a private bath.

Post # 15
2183 posts
Buzzing bee

Agree square footage would be the most fair way, but that’s a lot of work.

You should definitely be paying more than 1/2 but less than 2/3, unless the different bedrooms are quite different. I had friends do this (1 single guy and a couple) and they split everything 3 ways, but the couple had the master with a private bathroom that was easily twice the size of the other bedroom.

If she’s your best friend, why don’t you ask her about it? I’m sure she also has feelings on what would be most fair. When I was just out of college, I shared a 3 bedroom with 4 other girls and we just sat down and discussed what seemed fair given who was sharing bedrooms/bathrooms vs who had their own space. We had 3 different pay rates for the 3 different rooms and everyone was just fine with that.

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