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Things to Consider in Sharing Accomodation

Updated on July 31, 2012

If you are a student or a working professional who is considering on getting a shared accomodation to cut down on house or room rental expenses, here are some of the important things to consider prior to moving in.


As much as possible. choose a location that is close or walking distance to your school of office so that you can save on travelling time and transportation expenses.

Check for availability of stores, restaurants, pharmacy or any establishments such as banks, hospitals or malls which will make your life easier and convenient on a daily basis.

Building Apartment / House Faciliy Options

Try to check several building or housing facilities that offer shared accomodation and see what best options you have in terms of rental fee charges and amenities.

Preferred Rental Budget

After you have seen several options, choose the shared accomodations that is more suitable to your housing budget. It is very important that you choose the accomodation within your price range so that you don't struggle with your monthly rental, pay your dues on time and maintain a good relationship with your landlord.

Ask for the specific due date when rental fees are to be collected and paid to be guided accordingly. Ask for the specific mode and type of payments accepted whether cash, cheques or credit card payments with your landlord.

Check if there are required secuity deposits and advance payment on top of the required monthly rental charges to be paid to the landlord prior to moving in

Ask for other extra charges to be paid in addition to housing rental fee such as the usage of electricity, water,phone and internet.

Prior to finalizing the shared accomodation agreement with the landlord,ask for any prior notice in case you want to move out in the future.

Inclusive Amenities

In choosing for the right shared accomodation, consider what are the common facilities that you can use for free as inclusive to the housing rental such as TV, washing machine, microwave oven, washing machine, internet and etc...

Try to consider also if there are free facilities in the building that you can enjoy such as the usage of gym or swimming pool if there are any.

Allocated Room Space

Check for your allocated room space. See if there are already free cupboards and bed that you can use. Otherwise confirm with the landlord the things that you need to provide yourself exclusive of the housing rental.

Shared Person/s

Prior to finalizing the agreement with your landlord, ask for a brief overview of the other person/s you are sharing the room with to know if it is suitable for you. An idea of his/her nationality, religion or working backgound will help you decide if you can easily adjust to that person/s or not.

House Rules

Check with the landlord if there are specific house rules to follow since you will be living with other people.

See if there are set schedules for cleaning common areas such as the kitchen,dining room, facade and shared bathrooms.

Also check for schedule of laundry and usage of common areas such as the kitchen and shared bathrooms. This is very important to know if you will be living with many people on different school or work timings.

Hope you will consider all important points cited above prior to any decision on getting a shared accomodation.


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      5 years ago from The North Woods, USA

      A very good rundown of what we need to look out for. Also, if you'll be storing your car or bicycle, don't forget to ask where you'll be allowed to do that. House rules should mostly be in the lease, but make sure you familiarize yourself with them. One other thing to be aware of is smoke detectors and fire escapes!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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