Roommate or No Roommate? That is the Question

Picture Courtesy of Adam Dillon Photography

Picture Courtesy of Adam Dillon Photography

You may be wondering, “Should I get a roommate?”

Well, it depends, are you willing to pay $1200 for a one bedroom or $1000 for a studio? Or do you prefer to have company and not live alone? Whatever you decide, there are some pros and cons to both sides. Let’s discuss…

I want a roommate!

There are some really good benefits to having a roommate, the most obvious one is saving on rent. It will be much cheaper and you will be able to live in a better area as well. Also, having a roommate can be a great networking opportunity. Especially, if your roommate is already involved in the entertainment business. This is all assuming that your potential roommate is not new to Los Angeles but if they are you can have someone to share this new experience with.

How can I pick the right roommate if I don’t know anyone?

Honestly, picking a roommate out of the dark can be kind of a crap shoot and yes you can have the roommate from hell. I have been victim of this. My roommate at the time was a control freak he would limit the amount of times I could have people over in a week and hassle me about everything else under the sun. And I know some people who have had worse experiences than me.

Needless to say, you should choose your potential roommate carefully. Ask all the questions you need to up front before signing the lease. What’s your guest policy? How often are you home? What expectations do you have of me? These are just a few questions you should ask before committing to a roommate situation.

And if your looking for a place to search for a roommate I would definitely start with and I would cautiously say (it can be a sketchy place at times).

I don’t want a roommate!

By all means,  you can opt not to have a roommate and go it alone; however, you’ll pay a lot more (between $900 to about $1500 a month) depending on the area, but the peace of mind is priceless.

I have my own apartment now and I personally wouldn’t go back to having a roommate. If you really want your own place but anything above $900 sounds too steep for you, try looking at studios or single apartments. They are much more affordable and have shorter term leases.

Also, as a general rule of thumb, if you want the most “bang for your buck” when searching for an apartment start looking in The Valley. The weather is typically much hotter in The Valley and The 405 can be a monster when visiting friends on the other side of town ( The 405 sucks period. Who am I kidding?) but the rent and the square footage of your apartment is much better.

Whatever you decide, it really depends on your personality. Just choose wisely and have fun with your search!


Justin Resarieo is a creative entrepreneur and graduate of The University of Alabama. He has lived in LA for 6 years and enjoys the weather, creativity, and opportunity the city offers.


  • Reply June 14, 2011


    Really informative and something to think about whether to go it alone or seek a roommate.


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