What to Do When a Roommate Is Moving Out

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Many people have their first roommate during college. Statistics published by Connecticut College indicate that 95 percent of students entering their first year of college have never even shared a bedroom. Then after college, some people choose to continue along the roommate route in efforts to save money — or simply because they enjoy living with friends.

Roommate relationships often involve a certain level of commitment. You place trust in a roommate, relying on them to pay their portion of the bills and rent and to take proper care of your place of residence. Oftentimes a roommate is a close friend. You may see your roommate each and every day, hang out with them, and ask them for advice on relationships, school, your career, or life in general.

But what do you do when a roommate situation goes awry? Oftentimes, lives move in different directions at different times, and one roommate may be ready to leave the living situation before another. In other instances, living together is not the experience you thought it would be. Your roommate may not be as bad as the crazy lady from Single White Female or even Jack Black’s character from the School of Rock. But sometimes, a messy roommate or one who likes to party at all hours of the night can drive you crazy.

If your roommate is thinking about moving out, or if you’re ready to leave your roommate situation, there are a few things you should know first. If you take these steps, you can protect yourself from having to shell out big bucks after a roommate moves out.