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Having a roomate during residency?

Discussion in 'General Residency Issues' started by saanjana, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. saanjana

    saanjana 7+ Year Member

    Feb 28, 2005
    Hey all!

    So, I'm considering getting a roomate during intern year, but as soon as I mention the idea, everybody shuts it down :eek:. So on the plus side, it seems like it would be nice to have a roomate since the hours are long, and I'd get pretty lonely if I came home to an empty appartment. Also a great way to keep sane, and share hospital stories with someone.

    It seem like a no-brainer to me, but practically everyone in my residency lives by themselves....phew! I know the privacy issue can be huge...but in do you guys feel about having a roomate?
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  3. IndyXRT

    IndyXRT 10+ Year Member

    Mar 17, 2004
    I had a roommate during intern year and it worked out OK. It was nice to split the bills. I think it would only work if you can function independently in the space you share (e.g. separate bathrooms). It might have helped that my roommate was in a different specialty, so we didn't bump into each other at work.
  4. buckley

    buckley 7+ Year Member

    Jul 30, 2007
    I personally had very good experiences with roommates in college, we're good friends galore!
  5. mlw03

    mlw03 Senior Member Physician 10+ Year Member

    Aug 15, 2003
    i think it's up to you. for many resident it's a non-issue because they're married/engaged/living with SO. if you can get a 2BR/2BA place and share bills, you'll save a lot of money. your profile says you're in florida, so unless that's miami rents aren't too high (yet). all that said, we're also in our mid to late 20s (or older) and want the privacy that all adults need. when looking at potential roommates though, you need to carefully consider your lifestyle and decide if you want to share that with anyone other than a SO, but for people to just shoot down your idea is silly. do what you want.

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