When your looking for a new housemate, do you always look to potential roommates of the same sex? For some, gender is a predetermined prerequisite when searching for housemates. For others, it’s a negligible consideration. The traditional concept of living in same-sex-roommate households is progressively challenged by younger generations cohabitating in densely populated areas, such as cities. As a result, living in a co-ed household seems a lot less “taboo” than it would in the 1950s.
When it comes to roommate preferences, to each his/her own – we respect that! The Homies app offers a platform for users to find a good fit for a roommate – regardless of gender. Whether you’re looking for an integrated household, or haven’t given the topic much thought, we wanted to give you some considerations for co-ed cohabitating while searching for your next space!
1. # of Bathrooms
We might be going out on a limb here, but we’re willing to bet the logistics of 3 males sharing a bathroom look a little different than those of 2 females, 1 one male. In any apartment, routines can clash at the bathroom; therefore, it’s important to consider how both the layout/amenities of an apartment, in combination with co-ed roommates, could affect your schedule. And as we’ve previously mentioned, the right place and right roommates have the power to transform your day-to-day well being.
New to a city? Looking to meet new people? Living with co-ed roommates is a great tactic for expanding your circle. Whether you’re looking for more friends, to expand your professional network, or meet a potential significant other, a diverse set of roommates can help with all three! You know how all those love stories start, “A friend of a friend…..”
3. Co-Ed Loungewear Cause You Can’t Always Lounge in Your B-day Suit
Preferences about clothes worn – or not worn – around the apartment can differ between individuals. And can often differ between sexes. So before you start walking around with your shirt off, or in just an oversized t-shirt, consider your comfort levels and the comfort levels of your potential roommate. Privacy is a concern in co-living regardless of gender but can be amplified in co-ed co-living situations. You should never be uncomfortable in your home, and you owe your roommate that same respect. Talk it out.
4. Common Space Usage
Living rooms have the potential power to start roommate wars if not shared appropriately. To avoid any E! reality show vs. Sunday Night Football showdowns, it’s important to discuss non-negotiables. Have a College Game Day tradition? A weekly Monday-night The Bachelorette watch party? Regardless of your plans, different interests doesn’t mean co-living has to be a challenge. As with all roommate relationships, it’s important to discuss expectations for your shared spaces like living rooms, bathrooms (see #1), and kitchens.
Habits surrounding cleanliness are some of the most frequent complaints between co-ed roomates. We don’t want to stereotype, but in general, women tend to be cleaner than men. And if cleanliness (especially in common spaces, ahem) is important to you, make sure to ask about it when looking for a new apartment or a new roommate for your current place. You can’t complain about it if you didn’t set any expectations!
At the end of the day, you need to know yourself, your needs, and your comfort level before making a decision about whether co-ed living is right for you! We’re here to help raise novel considerations so that you can find the best co-living situation for you.
Regardless of the makeup of your co-living situation, be sure to do your homework. You can read more about the 5 Important Benefits of Finding The Perfect Roommate, Pros and Cons of Co-Living and Best Questions to Ask Potential Housemates!