Private vs. Shared Rooms: What You Need to Know

Ah, the exciting world of college housing! It’s like stepping into a buffet with so many options to choose from. Ground-level or balcony? Close to campus or a bit of a trek? Do you thrive in the midst of a bustling social scene or prefer the peace and quiet of your own sanctuary? But hey, amidst all these choices, one decision stands out as a real game-changer: to share a room or go solo? Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of both options to help you, incoming college rockstars, make a choice that suits your vibe.

Shared Rooms


Let’s talk about the perks of bunking up! Firstly, it’s a money-saver. Sharing rent and utilities with a roommate means more cash in your pocket for those late-night pizza runs. Plus, sharing digs means you’ve got an instant crew. Need a study buddy or someone to binge-watch Netflix with? Done and done. But wait, there’s more! Living with a roomie teaches you valuable life skills like compromise and communication. Who knew arguing over whose turn it is to take out the trash could be so character-building? But rest assured, there are great ways to better understand your roommate. (Check out our article on questions to get to know your roommate!


But sharing ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. Ever craved a bit of me-time only to find your roomie practicing their guitar solos in the corner? Yeah, privacy can be a bit of a luxury. And let’s not forget the symphony of sounds that comes with living in close quarters. Trying to cram for that midterm while your roomie hosts a late-night gaming session? Good luck with that. Oh, and compatibility? Don’t even get us started on the eternal struggle between neat freaks and mess monsters. Just read our article on roommate horror stories

Private Rooms


Now, let’s talk about the solo gig. With a private room, you’re the master of your domain. Need to belt out Beyoncé in the shower without an audience? No problemo. And hello, peace and quiet! A private room is your own personal oasis, perfect for hitting the books or just chilling out after a long day of lectures. Plus, who doesn’t love a bit of interior design therapy? With a private room, you’re free to unleash your inner HGTV star and create a space that’s uniquely you.


But solo living does have its downsides. First up, the price tag. Private rooms often come with a heftier rent bill, which might leave your wallet feeling a little lighter. And while having your own space is great, it can get a tad lonely at times. Sure, you’ve got Instagram to keep you company, but there’s nothing quite like sharing a laugh with a roommate. 


So there you have it, folks! The lowdown on shared versus private rooms. Whether you’re all about that roommate bonding or craving some solo space, there’s no wrong choice. Just remember to weigh up the pros and cons, listen to your gut, and make the decision that’s right for you. And hey, no matter where you end up, embrace the adventure! College is all about trying new things, making memories, and finding your tribe. 

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