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My DISFunkshion: How to Live With Your Best Friend

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"Playing house" on the playground in second grade is one thing, but living with your friends is another. Some people will warn you against rooming with your best friends in college but others say it’s no big deal. In my experience, there are important do’s and don’ts:

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The key to successfully living with friends is to make sure you’re not spending twenty-four hours a day with each other.

If you spend all day together, what will you have to talk about when you come home?

It’s good to keep company with different people so you are not all sharing the same friends.

Having friends in common is nice, but if you share all of the same friends, that’s just a recipe for unnecessary drama.

Good communication is also important, not just for living situations but in all relationships.

When you’re living with someone, it’s much easier to find their annoying habits more aggravating than you normally would on a day-to-day basis, but try not to bottle it up or engage in passive aggressive behavior.

Talk openly without sounding like you’re accusing one another, and make sure you don’t take criticisms as a personal attack.

Living with your friends is a lot more work than it seems, but when the situation is handled right, it can be the best experience.

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turtleshell turtleshell 6 years
I had to ask one of my roommates to move out last month. We became friends while sharing a suite together in first year of university and I invited her to live with me for a second year in my condo. She became very clingy and whenever she was unhappy about something, she wouldn't say anything about it and would stop talking to me. We agreed that if we lived together any longer, we would no longer be friends.
greenapplelover greenapplelover 6 years
I lived with two of my best friends in university for 3 years, and it worked out great! We were very open about any annoying habits and managed to become even closer after it!!
chelseacbboyles chelseacbboyles 6 years
These all seem like horror stories. In college I lived with my best friends in our sorority house for 2 years then went on to live with a small group of us for a year and though there were problems (as I would suspect with any groups of roommates) on occasion, there was nothing monumental. In honesty, most of the problems that existed were between people who were never really good friends to begin with. Also, in that same house later that year, there was a different group of us and the dynamics couldn't have been better! We all got along great and had so much fun!I believe it can work if roommates have good communication, as with any relationship.
chelseacbboyles chelseacbboyles 6 years
These all seem like horror stories. In college I lived with my best friends in our sorority house for 2 years then went on to live with a small group of us for a year and though there were problems (as I would suspect with any groups of roommates) on occasion, there was nothing monumental. In honesty, most of the problems that existed were between people who were never really good friends to begin with. Also, in that same house later that year, there was a different group of us and the dynamics couldn't have been better! We all got along great and had so much fun! I believe it can work if roommates have good communication, as with any relationship.
ellebelle125 ellebelle125 6 years
I am no longer friends with the friend I lived with a year ago. It may have had something to do with the fact that after 3 months, she locked herself in her room and would not speak a word.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
totally off topic, but holy crap, what happened to lo's face?!?!?!!?!?!?!?
janneth janneth 6 years
It can be a cleanliness vs messiness issue.
sloane220 sloane220 6 years
i lived with a friend for a short time and ended up not speaking to him for a year. i'd rather not take the chance of a living situation ruining a friendship again.
flowergirl flowergirl 6 years
I was on the same wavelength with my good friends from college - we absolutely knew it would be a horrible idea to room with each other which is why we never did. However, I have another group of really good friends that I've known since high school that I actually wouldn't mind rooming with - but only for short-term, like a year or two. And that would also mainly be for financial reasons (to split rent). I don't think I could live with good friends for much longer than that amount of time. I'd love to live close to them but not necessarily in the same space!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
I roomed with a best friend once and it was awful. We ended up not speaking for six months. I live with my boyfriend now, but I wouldn't do it again if I lived solo.
ManiMartinixo ManiMartinixo 6 years
My best friends all went to different schools with me but my roommate became my best friend so I was lucky we could like each other and live together :D
KadBunny KadBunny 6 years
Yeah, I roomed with a best friend for about two or three weeks before I moved the hell out. I still love him to death but I think the whole experience has made me permanently dislike him in some respects. I suggest a test run!
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