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Thursday, February 18, 2010

question:

is 30 too old to have a roommate*?

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discuss.

things to consider:
- saving money
- the company of a good friend
- saving money


*denotes a roommate that you aren't sleeping with. a roommate that's your boyfriend/girlfriend or husband/wife is totally different - obviously.

41 comments:

  1. I think a roommate at any age is fine, as long as you REALLY know the person and know you can co-exist. At my age, I'm pretty set in my ways, so I'd be really particular about who I allowed in my space, you know?

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  2. Hope not because I have one and I'll be 30 in 2 months! ;-)

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  3. I think the issue is people assume that when you're 30+, you're dying to get married and shack up in a split second. So the roommate adds another hurdle to the shotgun wedding.

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  4. I don't think it is too old at all. If it's going to help with bills and you get along with the person I say why not.

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  5. I don't think so. Especially in times like these when the economy is in the crapper and people are taking pay cuts/losing jobs. Suddenly that condo payment, or apartment rent, or even house payment is too much. I think there's nothing wrong with having a roommate after 30.

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  6. To have a roommate? No.

    To live in a group house and act like a little kid? Yes.

    Er...wait, you aren't talking about my douchebag roomie.

    To answer your question, not at all. It's actually smarter if it's under the right circumstances and it's a clearheaded decision.

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  7. I agree with DC Princess...group house at 30 is too much, but if its with a person you know well and can live with, that makes great sense.

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  8. I'm on the hunt for a new place and let me just say, my life would be soooo much easier if I had a roommate! :/
    I'm 30 and sort of loathe the idea of purchasing a house, but that seems to be what all of my friends are doing. That leaves me renting til I accept the fact that I'll need to purchase a place large enough for all of my cats.
    If you're still looking for a roommate in 20 years, let me know! I'll buy you a matching rocking chair for my porch. ;)

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  9. It's not too old to have a roomate!

    Personally - I think roomates are they best (I lived alone for 6 months and drove myself bat shit crazy). Now I live with a disgustingly messy boy - but that's another story ;)

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  10. while it may be prudent, by age 30 we are kind of set in our ways. it may be a tough situation to adjust to.

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  11. I am 29 and looking to find my own place because I am kind of over living with someone, but no. I don't think it is too old.

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  12. I think it all depends on the people involved. I gave up roommates when I was in my 20's because I wanted some ME time before getting serious with someone and getting married. I lived on my own for a good 5 years and loved every minute of it. But, if you don't think you'll miss that opportunity to live alone, then who cares how old you are - roommates are perfectly fine.

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  13. I think if you can find the right person and the right place (re: you can get a much more fantastic place b/c the rent is split) then go for it!

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  14. Not if you like having a roomate. I loved living alone so much that if I could find a way to have my own apartment and still be married I think I would. Alas, iot's not to be.

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  15. i don't think so. i've lived with a roommate since college. a roommate who is my best friend, but a roommate, none the less. soon my manfriend will be my new roommate. but if we hadnt moved in together, id still live with my bestie for as long as it felt right.

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  16. I'm all about saving money so if a roommate is an option to do that, then I say go for it.

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  17. The Golden Girls was one of my favorite shows growing up, they were all roommates, so I'm going to go with no!

    I think it this economy it makes sense to have a roommate. If its someone you get along with and trust thats all that matters.

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  18. Nope. Do what is best for you and works for you.

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  19. No way 30 is not too old for a roommate. With the economy the way it is all over this country, we should all be doing what we can to get by financially. If sharing living expenses helps, then do so.

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  20. I went roommateless for the first time at 29 and I liked it. I was lucky though when I first got my own place my rent was only 20 bucks more than I was paying with a roommate.

    My feelings on living situations as roommate/live alone are this: When you have a roommate there is always someone to talk to, hang out with but you are not guaranteed alone time. When you live alone you are guaranteed alone time but not always have someone around to talk to/hang out with.

    So really there are pros and cons to both situations. I right now would like a roommate for the simple fact I am so tired of having to be the only one to clean up the mess I make.

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  21. No. I don't think 30 is too old for a roommate. However, after living by myself and now having a roommate since December who basically sucks, not so cool. I can't wait until I buy my house! However, I also didn't know this roommate when she moved in. It's my landlord's cousin. . . so. . .kind of stuck. . . :(

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  22. I'll be honest when I say I'm not really sure . . . I've always been that "loner" girl, not having a roommate, even in college! The only "roommates" I have had have been significant others.

    I suppose it has its pros and cons. At 30, a serious relationship might be in order, where it seems a roommate might hinder that.

    But if you're all about having fun (and needing to save money to have fun), then I suppose a roommate would be the best way to go!

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  23. Sure it is okay, it worked for Jack Tripper, Chrissy and Janet!

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  24. sure hope not. i'm 29 and not planning to kick my roommate out any time soon... :-)

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  25. I've only lived by myself/with a partner a couple of times, otherwise I've had roommates and I'm healthily into my 30s. Right now having a roommate allows me to live in a much nicer/roomier space (with a yard). I could live by myself but i'd be in a small apartment. Plus I agree with the other commenters- I actually like hanging out with my roommate, so that is more fun than living alone, and we share the responsibilities and respect each other's space. It's like an ersatz relationship.

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  26. I definitely say no. 30's not too old. Not at all.

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  27. Nope - 30 is not too old! Before I got married, I loved having a roomie.....It saves money, it was with a good friend and there are times when you are alone, but you always know that somebody will be home at some point. Personally, I would go nuts living alone all of the time, but that is just me!

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  28. I say, as long as it's someone you can see yourself living with, you get along, and neither one of you is too messy, then go for it.

    My little brother is my roommate and sometimes I want to kill him... but since he's family I can't! Hahaha! At least when it's family, you know that you can rely on them 98% of the time. You should be able to rely on good friends 95% of the time. If you're living with someone random, then I'd be kinda worried.

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  29. I think it depends on the circumstances. I live with roommates and am 28. I spend the majority of my time at the boyfriend's house, though. I have only spent six nights in my house in the past five months so paying for my own place really makes no sense. It also makes sense if you live in an expensive city.

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  30. Absolutely not.

    Lonely isn't a good look at any age. Why live alone just because you think it's the "grownup" or "right" thing to do. All that matters is your happiness - i know it's sappy, but so true.

    And saving money is a plus, too --- and I'm sure you could get a nice place in a BETTER location when you are splitting the bill, no?

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  31. I'm 30. And I have FIVE roommates.

    That being said, I don't consider myself a grown-up...

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  32. I have a roommate - I'm 29 and she's 30. Financially, it makes sense, and it's nice not coming home to an empty house (especially since the b/f is in DC for a year).

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  33. As long as they're not your parents.

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  34. I don't think its a bad idea. Living by yourself can be lonely. With the right roommate, you can save money and have fun. A win win.

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  35. I think it's cool - very Monica and Rachel ;)

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  36. roommates = awful.

    I'm basing this on the third person in our house. I'm usually pretty happy with living with my husband (joke!) but his friend has been living with us for the last two years. I would rather live alone that with others. I'm 5 years short of the 30 benchmark, but I'm sure I'd keep my ideas the same!

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  37. thank you guys SO much for the feedback!!! it's making me feel better that i'm probably going to be having a roommate as i'm turning 30.

    thankfully it's not a random and my friend and current roommate now.

    i mean having a roommate allows me to buy more clothes, er, i mean save more money!

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  38. Not too old at all, especially if you live with a close friend you don't mind spending time with a lot :D

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  39. I'm over the roommate bit, but I think if it works for you then you're not too old for a roommate at any age.

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  40. Roomates aren't bad as you get older as you don't need the sock on the door trick, and it's about company not neccesity.

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