You’re all grown up and you finally have your own apartment; you even have your very own roommate, and that roommate is your sibling. But wait, having your brother or sister as your roomie doesn’t have to be a con to your new independent life! Although growing up with your sibling might have been (let’s be honest) annoying, having an apartment with your sibling can be exciting and helpful! We’re not saying you won’t have any bumps along the way, but we’ve compiled the best tips and tricks for living with your sibling, and how you can benefit from this experience.
CLV Group has many student friendly apartments that are perfect for siblings who attend the same school, or if one is attending school and the other is working nearby; such as 939 Western located in London and 485 King Edward in Ottawa, just to name a few!
Living with a sibling is great because you already know each other, and you probably know each other well. Living with someone for the first time can be awkward, and you are able to completely skip this stage of apartment living! Although your roommate is your sibling, you should still have a high level of respect and understanding while living together. This will help to decrease any discrepancies that arise because you treat each other as family as well as equal apartment cohabitants. TIP: Respect each other’s property and privacy (i.e don’t go through your sisters clothes without her permission).
If you grew up with your sibling, you already know what it’s like living with another person. This means you know how to divide and conquer chores and you know their lifestyle and living habits. You probably also know how to share, which means that hall closet space, fridge space and chores shouldn’t be too much of a fuss. TIP: Create a calendar to showcase important dates such as who is doing what chore and when, as well as when different payments are due which will also help with lessening the likelihood of disagreements between you and your roommate.
Saving money is a huge factor when deciding to move, and is definitely a factor that most consider when deciding between a one or two bedroom apartment. Having a roommate, whether a sibling or not, automatically helps you save money if you are planning on splitting the bills. Also, if you are having trouble saving money or prefer not to live alone, your sibling is an easy and convenient go-to. Not to mention, you already know what both of you own, so you will never have to worry about having doubles of furniture or equipment which helps you to save money as well! Although living with your sibling means you probably don’t have a lot of personal boundaries, there are simple ways to work around this issue. TIP: Consider giving each other private time by having separate turns in the living room. Having some alone time is great for everyone, even if you are really close with your sibling, giving each other space will make the time you spend together much more enjoyable.