Roommate Agreement

This agreement was written and published for the 2022 “Renter’s Guide” in collaboration with The Daily Barometer.

Moving in with new people can sometimes be a challenge. Whether you are living with your best friend or someone you barely know, setting terms before you move in is always a good idea. This roommate agreement can help you and your roommates set ground rules and expectations for your household. Feel free to print this roommate agreement, take it to your roommates and fill it out together. Then, stick it on your refrigerator and refer to it if any problems arise!

A survey with important topics that roommates should agree upon. Read story for agreement transcription.
Print this agreement and fill it out with your roommates. Stick it to your fridge to refer back to. (By Alan Nguyen, OMN Creative Lead)

1. When you’re studying at home, what is the expected noise level?

– Quiet

– Loud

– Music

– No music

– Doesn’t matter

– Any specific quiet hours _____?

2. How should grocery shopping be done?

– Together

– Separate

3. How should food be cooked?

– Together

– Separate

4. Is food shared?

– Yes

– No

– Ask first

5. How should food be stored?

– Designated spaces

– Labeled with names

– Wherever

6. Is it okay to leave the windows open at night?

– Yes

– No

7. Should doors be locked while gone or while home?

– Home

– Gone

– Both

8. Where will the spare key be?

– Hide for selves

– Give to others

– None

9. Turn off heat if it reaches _____ degrees.

10. Turn off air if it reaches _____ degrees.

11. How should bills be paid?

– Together

– Separate

– Give money to designated roommate

12. Should shared spaces be decorated?

– Together

– No decorations

– Check with others

13. Do guests need to be approved before they are invited over?

– Yes

– No

14. Are get-togethers okay?

– Yes

– No

– Discuss

15. Is alcohol allowed?

– Yes

– No

16. Is smoking allowed?

– Yes

– No

17. Are overnight guests allowed?

– Yes

– No

18. How clean should the space be?

– Immaculate

– Messy but not dirty

– Don’t care

19. Who should clean what?

– Designated chores

– Clean up after selves

– Tag team

20. Borrowing clothes/shoes/makeup/etc?

– Yes

– No

– Ask first

21. Borrowing appliances/utensils/supplies?

– Yes

– No

– Ask first

22. List pet peeves.

23. If a problem arises, how should we communicate?

– Roommate meeting

– One-on-one

– Text

– Note

24. Discuss these topics:

– What to do when an individual is upset.

– What are preferred sleep schedules?

25. Signatures

– We have discussed the above topics and are ready to live together (everyone signs).