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Having a roommate might drive you nuts when it comes to doing chores and maintaining your personal privacy. Many people, therefore, prefer to live by themselves. But think about it, as rents continue to increase, having someone to help split the potential cost of rent can either help lessen your own financial burden or allow you to afford a much nicer apartment in the neighborhood you want. The real question is - how do you find the perfect roommate? Most of the time, you spend more time with your roommate than with your significant half, and living with the wrong person is like being committed to the wrong relationship. Choose poorly, you will regret for the rest of your life; choose wisely, you will have the most amazing time in the city you love!

Don't stress out, though. We're here to help. To find a roommate, click below
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1866 Gates Ave, Apt BT
Ridgewood, Northwestern Queens, Queens
$1,300 Room 1 Bath
By Shalom Wilkins
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19 mins  |  Score: 87.5
West 139th Street
Hamilton Heights, West Harlem, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$1,050 Room 1.5 Bath
By Brett Diggs
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  1,125 ft² · Elevator · Pre-War · Hardwood Floors
1 hour  |  Score: 86.9
W 50th St.
Hell's Kitchen, Midtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$1,500 Room 2 Bath
Fernando "Julian" Forero, Hell's Kitchen Expert
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  Laundry in Unit · Hardwood Floors
8 hours  |  Score: 84.4
East 16th street
Gramercy Park, Midtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$1,475 Room 1 Bath
Jonathan Hernandez, Gramercy Park Expert
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  1,000 ft² · Elevator
9 hours  |  Score: 84.0
150 Vermilyea Avenue #22, New ...
Inwood, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$975 Room 1 Bath
By Maritza
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12 hours  |  Score: 82.5
1934 Bedford Ave, Apt 2
Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Flatbush, Central Brooklyn, Brooklyn
$850 Room 1 Bath
Zalman Simpson, Flatbush Expert
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15 hours  |  Score: 82.2
120 Vermilyea Ave
Inwood, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$1,350 Room 1 Bath
By Michael
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  160 ft²
21 hours  |  Score: 82.0
Murray St.
Tribeca, Downtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$3,995 Loft Flex -1 1 Bath
William Monge, Tribeca Expert
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  Doorman · Elevator · Pre-War · Loft · Hardwood Floors
14 hours  |  Score: 81.4
438 Wilson Avenue, Apt 3L
Bushwick, Northern Brooklyn, Brooklyn
$995 Room 3 Bath
By Lewis Tillman
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1 day  |  Score: 81.3
Park Row
Financial District, Downtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$3,415 Loft Flex -1 1 Bath
Richard Bier, Financial District Expert
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  800 ft² · Doorman · Elevator · Pre-War · Loft
3 days  |  Score: 81.0
921 Washington Ave
Crown Heights, Central Brooklyn, Brooklyn
$1,550 Room 1 Bath
By Samantha Bracero
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  Elevator · Laundry in Unit
1 day  |  Score: 80.8
309 Avenue C
Stuyvesant Town - Peter Cooper Village, Midtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$1,500 Room 1 Bath
By Jennifer O.
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  980 ft² · Elevator
18 hours  |  Score: 90.4
1814 Gates Ave, Apt 1B
Ridgewood, Northwestern Queens, Queens
$975 Room 1 Bath
By Thomas Auger
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1 day  |  Score: 80.2
210 West 107th Street, Apt 2H
Manhattan Valley, Upper West Side, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$1,329 Room 1 Bath
By HARUKA UE
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1 day  |  Score: 80.1
32-74 38th St, Apt 1
Astoria, Northwestern Queens, Queens
$1,500 Room 1 Bath
By Rebekah Gibson
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20 hours  |  Score: 80.0
130 Fort Washington Avenue, Ap...
Washington Heights, Upper Manhattan, Manhattan
$1,150 Room 2 Bath
Sherif Hamoda, Washington Heights Expert
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Elevator · Laundry in Unit
5 hours  |  Score: 79.3
Park Avenue /39th st
Murray Hill, Midtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$1,900 Room 1 Bath
By Milan Nikolic
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  Doorman · Elevator
1 day  |  Score: 79.1
267 Powers St, Apt 2L
East Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Northern Brooklyn, Brooklyn
$1,500 Room 2 Bath
By Gillian
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1 day  |  Score: 79.0
410 W 53rd St
Hell's Kitchen, Midtown Manhattan, Manhattan
$1,800 Room 2 Bath
By Johanna W
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  Doorman · Elevator
1 day  |  Score: 78.7
230 20th Street, Apt 4B
Greenwood Heights, South Brooklyn, Brooklyn
$1,300 Room 2 Bath
By Angela
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Roommate Finder

More About Roommates

Having roommates has now advanced from being a pleasantry to a necessity, especially in New York City. If you're lucky, having roommates may be the most cost efficient and enjoyable living situation for you, sadly, there is no such thing as having perfect roommates and problems tend to arise when you need to share your space with others. To save yourself from future roommate issues, you might want to have a roommate contract in place to ensure a functional relationship with your roommates. The word "contract" might sound scary, but it will definitely come in handy from time to time. Make sure to cover quiet hours, visitor rules, what to share (cooking oil, coffee), what not to share (shampoo or your Chanel N°5 L'eau), and address them in the contract. You will be surprised how beneficial it could be.

However, having a roommate contract doesn't mean you'll necessarily be safe from all future roommate conflicts. Remember, communication is key to a successful, health and strong roommate relationship. You are adults, not some mind-readers or psychics. Instead of wasting time being passive-aggressive or speculating, put in the effort and take the time to tell each other how you feel. Approach your roommate and voice any issues or problems that are damaging your quality of life. Sometimes, roommates can become besties, and it's all about being open to express your feelings, whether good or bad, in a mature way.

If, unfortunately, you and your roommate do not get along with each other, and one of you intends to move out before the lease expires, do your research before you make any moves. If you plan to sublet your room, check with your landlord first. Many landlords do not allow subletting, and it would be unwise to break the lease, as they might penalize you. The penalty for breaking a lease can be anywhere around 1 to 3 months of rent. You also might have to forfeit the remainder of your security deposit. Best case scenario, one of you can stay in the apartment until the lease expires, and the landlord will give you the blessing to find someone else to sublet the room.

But what if the landlord refuses your request? This basically means that you will be stuck in the same apartment, until the lease expires. In this case, pluck up your courage and deal with your serious roommate hate. It might be awkward when you first approach your roommate, but keep in mind that it is for your own good. If the issues are more about differences in habits or personalities, be straight-forward and tell your roommate exactly what bothers you the most. Give your roommate some time to digest and express his/her concerns, and perhaps, you can reach a consensus and keep the peace until the lease expires. Again, communication is huge in a roommate relationship.

After the talk, take a vacation to reward yourself for the effort you put in, and spend some time to prepare yourself. It is never easy to live with someone, and it is even more challenging when you don’t get along with your roommate. But things will eventually come around.

Keep in mind the following things before you make the "long-term commitment":

  1. Start early.

    Rushing only makes things more complicated and difficult! Give yourself enough time to search for the right person to room with. Look beyond your friend circle, and be patient. Chances are that you'll find out more about what type of person you really want to share an apartment with once you start looking.

  2. Find out how your prospective roommates live.

    Most roommate horror stories show you how dangerous it can be to live with someone who has different living habits. Get as much information as possible - no one will be a perfect match, but ask yourself if these habits are things you can live with

  3. Ask what they expect from you.

    Just like being in a relationship, sometimes you will have to compromise to keep the peace. To make your life easier, set the right expectations first to avoid future disasters. When the time comes, answer as accurately as you can.

  4. Listen to your guts.

    Finding the perfect roommate is like dating. Sometimes, red flags and no-nos will present themselves organically. If something does not feel right to you, or if it makes you awkward or nervous, trust your instincts.

  5. Be upfront about “the money stuff”.

    Money matters can strain an otherwise happy roommate relationship. Talk to your prospective roommate about every bill, figure out how much of the rent each person is responsible for (including estimating monthly bills such as rent and utilities), and be clear about how you want it handled.

  6. Do multiple interviews.

    Remember, a roommate relationship can be really intimate, and you must be cautious. Don’t ever offer a room to someone after one meeting, and for your safety and quality of life, meet up in person before moving in together.

  7. Ask for references.

    Just as landlords will ask for references, you should ask for references from your prospective roommates, too. Speak with their previous roommates or landlords so you have all you need to know about them.

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