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Age and Roommates

How Old Is Too Old to Have Roommates?

Ahh, extended adolescence. It's such a fun, sexy time in life. You make your own money and can eat cheesecake for dinner if you please, but roommates are often an inevitable arrangement in this stage. Some people do it for fun and some do it out of necessity — especially in high-rent cities like New York — and for others it's meant to be temporary but turns into years. At some point age and roommates can stop mixing. When is it for you?

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mix-tape mix-tape 8 years
I'm 21 and done with roommates. I now live in a small one bedroom apartment with my dog and I LOVE IT! I never get lonely because I have friends I am constantly going out with. It's a lot easier to study and cook without roommates bothering me. Sometimes you just want to come home to a quiet place and relax.
luna08 luna08 8 years
I live in an expensive area and have LOVED living alone (I'm 30). But, since paycuts curtailed party life, I can't help thinking that it would be nice to have live in friends...and some extra cash.
genesisrocks.. You're right in this kind of an economy who is to say what is too old to be financially safe. Personally.. I am 23 and will definitely not have another roomate except when I get engaged (obviously different) or if I HAD to.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
I'd usually say over 30 but with this economy who am I to judge?
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Somewhere between 25 and 30, but definitely 30 and over as a cutoff point. I've never liked having roommates though - I love living alone, although now I live with my partner.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
while i loved living alone, in this economy i don't think it's strange to have a roommate. really it's smart to cut expenses and make a little extra if you can.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
"If you live in SF, where it costs a fortune to live, sometimes having a roomie doesn't extend past age- just a matter of being practical." I agree but I also find it so sad from an architectural stand point that so many homes in S.F. have been altered to accommodate the need for communal living. I know a lot of people don't having living/common rooms because their home is so packed with occupants. But like you said it's a matter of need not want.
onesong onesong 8 years
im 27 and am living alone for the first time - it's weird, but i like it!! it's incredibly expensive, though, so i will probably get a roommate for one more year so i can save more.
Phil Phil 8 years
Never. It makes fiscal sense to have roommates, is great for social conditioning, and it beats moving back in with your parents, right? I think the only thing that really matters is whether you mesh well with your roommates. It's an increasing practice to take on roommates, and it just doesn't make a whole lot of sense not to other than to test your own autonomy or unless you feel people are disagreeable in such large doses (as an INFJ I can relate). Personally, I love the platonic company and the extra cash for totally pointless expenditures.
teegaall teegaall 8 years
If you live in NYC, SF or any other city that has high rent rates, there is no age limit for having a roommate.
JMarsh512 JMarsh512 8 years
I agree with Graylen. Needing/wanting roommates can't be defined by the stage you are in life, a relationship, or how much you make. It's just a personal decision. My BF and I currently have a roommate, a mutual friend of ours we've known for seven or eight years. We all get along fabulously and his work keeps him away for three to four weeks at a time. Usually by the time he's about to leave, I'm ready for him to get out of the house. But I do miss him when he's gone and always look forward to having a full house again.
darkangeldaria darkangeldaria 8 years
Honestly it depends on the person. I'm 27, have lived alone and with roomates and right now I'm just about in my ideal living situation. I live with my best friend of nearly twenty years (male) and his girlfriend who is a good friend of mine. We plan to do this for another year then they will get their own place and I'll be moving in with my boyfriend. I don't like living alone, I get way too bored and end up spending more time at friend's places than my own so it makes sense for me to just live with them...
babelicious babelicious 8 years
I never had a roommate, sometimes I regret that. It could've been more fun than on my own at times. But then again I am not sure how I would feel about it, I like my space and alone time. Now I live with my boyfriend, its awesome, but its surely different than a roommate situation.
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
I've never had a roommate but if I needed one at any age I wouldn't be ashamed. I wouldn't put an age limit on it by any means. Whatever works for you.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Party, I'm the same way, which is why I'm excited to live alone. I love my roommate, but sometimes I just want to be alone. I don't entertain much, but I'm typically out about five nights a week and I work on weekend days, too. So, when I come home, I want to be alone sometimes!
buzzlightgirl buzzlightgirl 8 years
If you live in SF, where it costs a fortune to live, sometimes having a roomie doesn't extend past age- just a matter of being practical.
partysugar partysugar 8 years
I don't think it has to do with age; I think it has to do with preference for roommates. I hate them! I've lived alone since Freshman year of college. I've never gotten sick of it, never had the desire for roommates. And my response to the "don't you get lonely?" question is a firm no. I go out 5 nights a week and entertain all the time. When I'm in my apartment alone its a relief!
AlexisSF AlexisSF 8 years
I lived alone all through my 20's and loved it!
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
Chrstne - hick ass NJ? I take offense to that!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Personaly I think the notion that one is too old for room mates is silly. When I first moved out on my own my first three room mates (not all at the same time) over ten years where high school friends. Within that ten years I ventured to live on my own but that only lasted six months until I found my self thirsty for that friendly conversation over coffee in the morning or some one to share a meal with now and then. I've always had great room mates that have all become dear friends w/the exception of one. But I think the problem there is I was in a rush to move and didn't get to feel him out as much as the others and I only lived there for 3mnths. I think 7 wins and 1 loss over eighteen years is a good track record. The key is definitely taking time to get to know a potential room mate. I never understood situations where people live together and they're for all itents and purposes strangers to each other. Passing each other and never going farther than saying hey. I think that's crazy. I could never live like that. I think it all just boils down to personal need. If you have the personal need to have your own space and you don't crave social stimulus at home then live on your own if you can afford but in my case you're never too old.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
I lived alone for much of my 20s, and while it was nice to have the space, I got tired of spending so much money to live alone. Plus, I'd get lonely sometimes. I found a roommate a few months ago, and my life is SO much better, seriously. We cook for each other, make each other laugh until we cry, and I'm able to spend less and live in a more exciting neighborhood. I could afford to live alone, but this way saves more money and makes my life better. Win-win.
graylen graylen 8 years
I don't anyone is in the place to judge other people's roommate situations. Why does it matter? I have a roommate now at 25 and I live in a big city. I actually don't have a single friend here who lives on their own- and that ranges from 23-30. Unless you want a tiny little studio or a crazy commute, then a roommate is the way to go here.
zabrow zabrow 8 years
i'm 25 & i've been living alone for the last couple of years, but i'm moving out of my little studio & i keep thinking how fun it would be to have a roommate again. i miss coming home to a full house. in general, yeah. i think engaged, married or having a kid should mean no roommates for you. i also said "over 30" you shouldn't have roommates, but who knows how i'll feel about that in 5 years when i'm in the "30 or over" category.
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