With a heavy coursework load and extracurricular responsibilities, college is undoubtedly stressful. So who has time to worry about roommate drama? Not you. There are a lot of fish in the sea of college students, and finding the perfect roommate can be a lot like dating. Good thing there’s an app for that! At Homies, we know that a big part of your successful college experience, both academically and socially, is a cooperative living environment.
We’ve come up 5 considerations for Johns Hopkins students looking for the perfect roommate!
A prime consideration when looking for college roommates is agreeing upon the location of your apartment/house. Are you planning to stay on Hopkins’ campus? Move off campus into Charles Village? Either way, you need to decide if location is more important than cost, having your own room, etc. While considering housing options, you may find it useful to investigate transportation services offered by Johns Hopkins, including free shuttles and on-campus parking.
Before selecting someone to live with, you need to define what type of relationship you want with a potential roommate. If you want a built-in study buddy, look to those in your classes, your major, or those studying a similar subject. Alternatively, if you’re looking to share a space and nothing more, you may consider others outside of your major. Johns Hopkins has a large variety of majors and minors, and those studying different subjects and involved in different extracurriculars may provide you with less interaction and opposite schedules. Everyone prefers different living styles, but it’s important you’re on the same page with your roommate before moving in together!
Another discussion point between college roommates: parties. Whether you share friend groups, or are complete strangers, it’s important to come to a mutual understanding on social gatherings in your space — who, what, how frequently, who is responsible for cleanup. Maybe you only host people on Friday nights? If you have different friend groups, maybe you alternate weekends? The hallmark of any good relationship — including roommate relationships — is communication. Talking about preferences and respecting each other’s wishes is important to a healthy living environment!
If you’re struggling to find a roommate, have you considered living with the opposite gender? Often times, college freshman are paired with students of the same gender in dorm rooms; but with an undergraduate enrollment of ~6,000 (female/male ratio of 51/49%), Johns Hopkins’ students increase their pool of potential roommates by 2x if comfortable with co-ed co-living situations.
Finances are a concern for a lot of college students. Even with financial aid, the costs of living aren’t always covered. Especially if you’re looking to move off campus and out of Johns Hopkins’ housing. Co-living if often more financially manageable, but you should look for roommates willing to spend a similar amount (range) on monthly expenses. Living with more people or further away from campus can save you money, but it’s important to consider all the of Pros and Cons of Co-Living before making a decision on a space and roommate(s)!
Moral of the story: Understanding your wants and needs from a co-living situation is important before selecting the perfect college roommate(s). College is rigorous, especially as a student at a prestigious university such as Johns Hopkins. We want to make sure you’re focusing energy on your coursework and responsibilities – not handling an unnecessarily stressful living situation!