Roommate Advice

Choosing to live with one of more roommates can be a great experience. Think about compatible lifestyle and study habits when searching for a roommate since these are important aspects of living with others throughout college. Remember, if you’re going to be living with a person it is okay to ask questions. Below are some questions that should be considered when looking for a roommate:


  • Lifestyle: Will your new roommate be a student? Think about studying, cleaning and sleeping schedules and habits.
  • Guests: Are guests welcome in the house? How do you decide whether or not friends can visit or stay overnight? How many guests at one time are acceptable?
  • Socializing: Do you want to be friends with your roommate, or just acquaintances that live with each other? Do your personalities match or clash?
  • Studying/Quiet Time: When will the house be quiet on weeknights and weekends?
  • Responsibilities: Make sure you think about cleaning, chores, trash night, paying rent and taking messages.
  • Pets: Do you want pets in your household? Are they allowed in your lease?
  • Rent Payment: When is the rent due? What happens if someone pays the rent late? Who is signing the lease?
  • Problems: How will disagreements be settled? How will they be approached?
  • Substances: What substances are you going to allow in your home? Think about tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.
  • House Supply Checklist: Who will be buying household items? Will costs be split?


Roommate Contract


What special programs are geared towards students relocating to the area? There is a club on campus called the CHAOS which is specifically for students who are not originally from the area to get involved and assist in the adjustment to the Abington/Philadelphia area.


Do you have any advice on being a tenant? To make sure that you are protected as a renter, take all necessary precautions. Never sign anything without thoroughly reading all of the information. If you don’t understand something, make sure someone else reviews it with you and explains it fully. Always know your rights as a renter!


  • Apartment Walk Through: Do this right before or right after moving in to see what the apartment should look like and include after you move out.
  • Sample Lease Contract: This is a sample of what a lease could look like between you and your landlord. Make sure you read your lease thoroughly before signing.
  • Sample Sublease Contract: This is a sample of a sublease that you could sign or have someone else sign to take over your lease. Both parties must read the sublease thoroughly before signing. Remember that subleasing is only appropriate if approved by the landlord.



The Penn State Abington Off-Campus Housing Information provides Penn State Abington students with information on apartments and rentals in the area. This information is provided as a resource only. Penn State University does not solicit, select, promote, or investigate these facilities. The University assumes no responsibility or liability for the personal safety of student renters, loss or damage to personal property, or the arbitration of disputes between students and property owner. Interested persons should thoroughly investigate each opportunity before entering into an agreement with a leaser.

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