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Moving is on everyone’s mind right now. Leases end in April/May, so it’s time to buckle down and choose whom you’re going to live with. This is a bigger decision than most originally think. There’s a lot to consider about the other person and even more to ask when it comes to yourself.
1. They Have Some Understanding Of The City
Obviously if you’re both new to the city then this won’t be a problem. It's really frustrating when you have a person who depends completely and totally on your knowledge of Montreal. At the very least, you want someone who is independent enough to open Google Maps and go explore. They’ll see that this city is not that hard to operate!
2. They Understand Privacy
Montreal student apartments usually run on the smaller side. So it's prudent that your roomie understands space. Even if you love each other, no one can stand having a constant invasion of your personal bubble.
3. You Aren’t Friends With Benefits
Just don’t do it. Even if there are more people than just the two of you. If there is sexual tension, say no.
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4. They Ask
Seems simple enough right? Well it can get a little blurry when you are friends. Even more so if you guys have lived in a res room together. Lines can be crossed when you live in tight quarters. To be safe, ALWAYS ask before you take.
5. They Aren’t Possessive
It’s totally cool if you and your roomie like to chill out together a lot. That’s actually amazing if you do. However if you or your friend are prone to clinging then it can be a problem. Even worse is if you two only know each other in the city. It’s important to get out there and make friends. Whether they be mutual or your own.
6. Their Habits Aren’t A Problem
If you notice your potential roomies smoking bothers you, or maybe the mess in their room is too much for you to handle, you may want to reconsider. People come from all over the world to live in Montreal. So there are going to be different customs and habits. You gotta be true to yourself and vocalize if something bothers you.
7. They Understand The Difference Between Friends And Roommates
Listen here. There are friendships, and there are roommateships. Don’t get the two confused. If you’re going to live with a friend, ask yourself if you will be comfortable telling them to do the dishes.
8. They’re Honest
It really is the best policy. Don’t hold things to yourself, talk and voice if you’re unhappy or concerned. Your roomie needs to do the same. If you guys can’t confront the other, then it’s a problem. To quote the wise Shrek, “Better out than in, I always say!”
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9. They Have A Schedule You Can Deal With
With so many universities and job opportunities in Montreal, you and your roommate are bound to have a lot on the go. But if your roomie likes to sleep til 2:00PM undisturbed and you have a class at Loyola at 8:45AM, it’s gonna be rough.
10. Meet Them Before You Commit
Having a foreign roommate is not uncommon. Like we said, people come from all over the world live in Montreal. But if you’re going to opt to live with someone you’ve never met, then please make the effort to meet them before you get settled. Disaster could strike if you don’t.
11. They Respect You
Simple: If someone doesn’t respect you as a friend, how do you expect them to respect you as a roommate. Don’t live with someone who treats you like shit. That’s all there is.