(Closed) When did you stop having roommates?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 2
9890 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I stopped having roommates after I graduated grad school (at 24). I hated living with roommates. I decided I’d rather live alone in a shitty apartment than keep living with roommates. 100% worth it! I lived on a tight budget and my apartment was tiny but I loved living alone!

Post # 3
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

My husband and I had a room mate until I was 26. She moved out of state around the time we got engaged so it was actually good timing for us to start looking for our own place. I don’t know if I could afford to live all by myself, though. It’s manageable with my husband to split costs

Post # 4
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

24. I lived in three apartments with 3 different roommates post college until I found an affordable studio in my favorite building right when my lease was ending. Luckily by that point I was more comfortable living alone socially (as in, okay with not having someone built in to eat dinner with every night or go to happy hour with) and had accumulated enough furniture to furnish a place on my own. I lived there for a year and a half until I moved in with my SO this past August. Full disclosure though, my rent was only $795 (I got super lucky– it was a co-op so I rented from an individual owner, not the building). Now I live in NYC and definitely couldn’t afford a place on my own. 

Post # 5
2583 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I never got to live without roommates except for the 6 weeks I was in between roommates. Living in CA it was way too expensive to afford to live alone. Fiance never got to live alone either. We are happy to be able to live “alone” together. 

Post # 6
1290 posts
Bumble bee

never mind

 read the post wrong 


Post # 7
251 posts
Helper bee

I hated living with roommates!!! I got my own place at 25 and never looked back! Yes it was tight at times but it was so worth it…I never got lonely! Best desicion ever! 

Post # 9
155 posts
Blushing bee

akshali2000 :  I used to live in one of the most expensive cities in the world for many years.until 28 I lived ‘alone’ with my ex. Once we split living alone would have meant paying rent, bills and maybe food. I only managed to  buy a place at 35 and live alone again. The last year of living with roommates was a nightmare; once I was on my own I cherished the peace and quiet and didn’t miss roommates even once. Was it worth living with roommates ? I suppose it was – managed to save for deposit for my own place; could afford to travel to many places; got to meet and live with some amazing people (and many many weirdos 😜). 

Post # 10
1661 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Right after graduating college I started renting my own apartment. I was 23. I was working full time and would go to gym then cook in the evenings. My apartment was beautiful – right on a marina looking at boats. My boyfriend (now fiance) used to come and stay a couple nights a week. We got our own place together about a year later. 

I loved living alone

Post # 11
7898 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I had housemates through college and during a postbacc program where I was not earning much and living in a high cost area. Grad school was in a cheaper area, so I’ved lived on my own since 22 years old. COL makes a huge difference. Living with others made me more social, but at baseline I’m an introvert, which suits living solo. Would you rather live farther out so that you could afford your own place? 

Post # 12
1234 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I stopped having roommates at 24.  It cost me a little more ($300-400/month) but was worth every penny.  Lived alone until just this past spring which ended up being 10 years.  I made some financial sacrifices to have my own place during those years and would do it again in a heartbeat. 

Post # 13
5090 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

The only time I had actual roommates was when I was a freshman in college in the dorms. From there I lived with my then boyfriend for over 5 years. When we broke up I got a tiny apartment by myself. I would have preferred having a roommate to cut down costs (I was a grad student at the time), but I didn’t know anyone that needed a roommate and I didn’t feel comfortable living with a random person from craigslist. I actually hated living alone and purposely moved into the same apartment complex as my friend and spent a lot of time at her place. Eventually, Darling Husband moved in with me there. 

Darling Husband was 29 when I met him and he lived with a roommate (and coworker). I think he could have afforded to live on his own but preferred being able to live in a nice gated apartment community, rather than a dumpy one, even if it meant having a roommate. 

Post # 14
1111 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014



I always lived within my means. 

(But I also know that not all housing markets are as affordablebke as the one I graduated into.)

Post # 15
1363 posts
Bumble bee

I lived with roommates through college and one year after grad school. I moved into my own apartment in Boston when I was 22. I was incredibly strapped for cash but I wouldn’t have changed that experience for anything. I lived alone from 22-24 and then lived with my ex from 24-28. When I left him I bought my own condo and lived alone there from 28-31, when my now-H moved in. I absolutely adored living alone, even on the months I felt super poor because I was doing everything alone.

I firmly believe that people should live alone if at all possible prior to settling down with a partner. I feel so equipped to handle everything involved with being a homeowner on my own. I know how to manage my own finances. I feel like I got a really good understanding of myself and how I like to home to feel and run. I think I’m a much better partner and housemate after living alone. Highly recommend!

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