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Criteria for Potential Roommates

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Should I set criteria for selecting a roommate?

Criteria for Potential Roommates

Developing a set list of criteria before selecting a roommate can help to make the process much simpler. This list can be used to interview potential roommates and quickly eliminate those who are not likely to be good fits for a shared living situation. Creating this list does not have to be difficult. The individual simply has to compile a list of qualities which are important to him and prioritize this list.

Examples of some of the criteria you may want to consider in selecting roommates may include:

  • Gender
  • Age
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Race
  • Religious Affiliation
  • Political Affiliation
  • Working Hours
  • Leisure Activities
  • Salary
  • Taste in Music
  • Smoking
  • Pets
  • Children
  • Cleaning Ethic
  • Personal Hygiene

Some or all of the above criteria may be important to you in selecting a roommate. Determine which, if any, are important and then decide which criteria are most important. For example, if you are adamant about having a roommate of the same gender who does not smoke you might want to put gender and smoking at the top of the list. However, if you prefer a roommate who participates in the same types of leisure activities as you but would not want to rule out a roommate who does not share these interests you may put this item lower on your list.



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