Do Best Friends Make The Best Roommates?

Do Best Friends Make The Best Roommates?

When you’re a kid you dream about the day that you can move out of your childhood home and move into your first apartment with all of your best friends. Unfortunately, the reality is that your best friends won’t always make the best roommates. Before moving in with your best buddy, check out these pros and cons of living with your best friend and decide what’s best for you.

Pro: You Can Trust Him (Hopefully)

Selecting a roommate off of a website or through a friend of a friend requires you to perform a variety of different background checks before you can feel comfortable moving in. When you are moving in with one of your best friends all of that work is done for you. You’ve known each other for years. You know what kind of job he has, what his financial and criminal history is like and you can be pretty sure that once you are moved in things won’t suddenly start to disappear from your bedroom. If you feel like you can’t trust your friend enough to leave your door unlocked when he is home alone you weren’t meant to be roommates in the first place.

Con: Getting Him to Sign a Roommate Agreement

Every pair or group of roommates needs to sign a roommate agreement before moving in together. You need to have a document that covers things like who is paying for what and how you plan to handle things as situations change. The issue is that it can be really tough to approach your best friend about signing a roommate agreement. You have been friends since the first grade, why does he need to sign a piece of paper to prove that he isn’t trying to screw you? Sadly, conflicts between friends happen all too often and a roommate agreement is really the only way to go.

Pro: Shared Group of Friends

Are you throwing a party? Many of your roommate’s friends will also be your friends and vice versa. This can be a negative if you were hoping to meet new people through your roommate, but it does make things less complicated if a few friends suddenly need to stay the night.

Con:  Sharing of Everything Else

While it’s great to share a group of friends, it may not be so great to share everything else. While it may be nice to be able to share a bottle of ketchup or a gallon of milk, how many of your frozen meals is your roommate going to have to eat before you really start to lose your mind? While it may be easy to set boundaries with a random roommate, telling your best friend to stop eating all of your food can be a little more difficult. This is another reason that it is vital to have a roommate agreement no matter how long you have known each other.

Pro: Common Schedules

If you are best friends, it is also likely that you are more or less in the same stage of your lives. If he’s a student, you’re a student. If he’s starting his first real fulltime job, so are you. Chances are that your schedules sync up, and if they don’t you care about each other enough to stay quiet while the other needs to sleep.

Con: It’s Hard to Kick Him Out

If a serious issue does arise, financial or otherwise, it can be very hard to end your relationship as roommates without ending your friendship as well. Telling someone that you can no longer live with them can be hurtful, but often times it is necessary. While this possibility shouldn’t keep you from moving in with your best buddy, remember that not every roommate story has a happy ending.

Kenny Soto is a blogger at Visit MyMove today for more tips on roommates, apartments and creating a roommate chore chart.


  1. charmz_ff8 says:

    This seems legit! I’ve tried living with my best friend in my first apartment and it’s really worth the bonding for the both of us. It strengthened our relationship and now that we’re apart because she’s now married, there’s no day that I will miss our bond and I know it’s worth the time.

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