What does the perfect housemate look like?


The perfect roomie is on top of their finances, keeps their hands off your snacks and doesn’t mind washing up, research shows.

A study of 2,000 renters revealed the top things they look for in a flat-share candidate including getting along with their friends, being a culinary whiz and being able to lend them a fiver in tough times.

Being friendly, easy-going and honest are the key personality traits renters looked for and three in ten renters have even had a romantic encounter with someone they shared a place with.

One in five think of those polled say their ideal housemate has to have good music taste, while 27 per cent would like someone who is always there to talk to.

It also emerged 23 per cent of renters believe they are lucky enough to have already met and lived with their perfect housemate.

Carol Jiang, global managing director for Badi, an app for finding the perfect roommate according to age, tastes and interests, said: “Finding a new housemate has been a source of anxiety for renters looking to live with new people.

”But by matching with the perfect housemate who ticks all the boxes, you can easily have a harmonious household.

”Our research shows that, when it comes to the crunch, we are looking for people who share our interests and lifestyle.”

One in seven think a candidate puts themselves head and shoulders above the others by keeping the fridge stocked up with milk and other essentials.

Around 34 per cent see organisational skills as a virtue, while three in 10 want to find someone who is tolerant enough to handle their own faults as someone to live with.

As for interests, the most appealing pastime renters look for in a housemate is a love of books, followed by a love of animals.

Unfortunately, the reality of renting a home with others has meant two in five renters have lived with someone they didn’t gel with.

When asked to think about nightmare housemates past, one in five had lived with someone who raided food cupboards which weren’t their own, and one in six have had to contend with a cohabitant inviting noisy guests around all the time.


1.  Pays bills without fuss or delay

2. Does their share of chores

3. Always does their washing up

4. Takes the bins out without being asked

5. Doesn’t hog the bathroom

6. Doesn’t leave unwashed plates out on the side

7. Gets along with your friends

8. Keeps to their food cupboard

9. Lets you know before having a house party

10.  Is always there for you if you need to talk

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