These Are the Top 25 Things People Look For in a Roommate, and, Yes, "Wine Drinker" Is Included

Living with someone can be tough. Not only do you need to sync your life to work well with another, but you’re letting someone into your space to also make it theirs. It can be challenging to stay on the same page with someone for the long haul if you’re not compatible. That’s why looking for a roommate is definitely a process, and you may need to go through a few options before finding the right person to share a home with.

If you’re on the hunt for your next roommate but aren’t sure which qualities are most important in finding your perfect match, have no fear: there’s a list for that. According to a survey from SpareRoom that involved over 6,000 roommates and roommate-seekers in the US, there were about 25 key factors that went into making a killer roommate you’ll want to lock down.

Researchers found that about 99 percent of respondents want roommates who are respectful, responsible, honest, and clean or neat, and a “friendly” roommate who can still be quiet and reasonable. Additionally, smoking was a big red flag. About 74 percent of roommates said they definitely didn’t want to live with a smoker.

Sharing commonalities in hobbies and decor was also big, where one in three participants said they wanted roommates to share a similar sense of style, to exercise, to like plants in the home, and to bake. There was also television viewing. One in three people wanted a potential roommate to be willing to share a Netflix subscription, so they can save money. And drinking habits were also a huge factor. Twenty-five percent of people said it’s important that their roommate drinks wine, while 40 percent of respondents in their 20s wanted someone who can party and have some fun.

Here’s the full ranking of the top 25 specific preferences:

  1. Respectful
  2. Responsible
  3. Honest
  4. Clean/neat
  5. Friendly
  6. Quiet
  7. Non-smoker
  8. Age
  9. Similar interests/hobbies
  10. Love for animals
  11. Gender
  12. Has furniture
  13. Likes to cook
  14. Similar dietary habits
  15. Similar interests in music
  16. Likes to hosts parties
  17. Single
  18. Smoker
  19. Likes to exercise
  20. Likes to party
  21. Love for plants
  22. Shares a similar sense of style
  23. Likes to bake
  24. Willingness to share a Netflix subscription
  25. Wine drinker

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