Last year, I decided to move to NYC to continue my studies. I choose this city because the school where I used to study has a partnership with NYIT, but also because it was like trying the “American Dream”.
When I arrived, I had to make a choice between having my own apartment or sharing one with roommates. For me, the choice was quickly done : I didn’t want to live alone.
I started visiting flats by a famous website, but each time the apartment was completely different from the ad, or the roommate was weird… !
Then, I discovered different apps that enable you to find roommates according to your way of life. On one of this app, I met Prateek, an easy going Indian looking for the roommate who’s going to take the 4th room. I came visiting the apartment and decided, “Ok, this is where I want to live for this year”.
When I moved in, they organized a kind of “Welcoming party” so that I could start knowing each one. After 3 weeks of flatsharing I know that is the best way to live when you just move in a new country.
- Meeting new friends
When you just arrive in a country it can be more difficult to meet people. Finding roommates is a way to have these meetings, especially when you choose your roommates before the flat, it means that you have more chances to be friends with them. Then, when everyone is ok, they invited friends at home, so that you can meet again new people !
- Discovering new cultures
In our flatsharing, we are 5 : Prateek, who is Indian, Maurice who is American, Maria who is Mexican, Alexander who is Ukrainian, and me, French ! 5 people, 5 different cultures ! The amazing thing is that we all have our own way of life and we have another one, which is the way we all live together. Thanks to them, I learn some words in each language, I see how they live, we talk about our respective countries. Last week, we organized a dinner when everyone cooked or brought some “typical” food from his country. It was very fun !
- Not being alone when you come back hom
It’s the first time I live far away from my country, and I was a bit afraid of that. Sometimes, I know that we can be a little sad, or missing family and friends. But when I come back home, I’m not alone. I know that I can talk to my roommates about this feeling, and we can share it because they can have it too ! It’s like “together we’re stronger” !
The other part is that we all have our own room, like our “secret garden” where we can be alone, or call family and friends, or watching a movie, or read a book. The flatshare is you can be alone when you want and with other people when you want, nothing is obliged.
- The price
And the last reason but not the least is the price ! With the same budget you can have a room in a cooler neighborhood, it depends when you want to live. Me, for example, I wanted to be in a dynamic area, and in Manhattan. I looked single apartments in these places, but it was madly too expensive ! There, I was the great location, in my budget, with amazing roommates !
And you, what is your opinion about living with roommates ?