Living with roommates. For people who have lived alone all their life, living with a roommate can be quite the shock. For people who grew up in a large household, there’s not going to be too much difference. When choosing to rent a bedroom in a home, keep in mind that while your room is your own, the remainder is shared. Try to keep everything clean in shared areas. If you’re a slob in your own bedroom, that’s your business. It may take some time to determine just how social your roommates are hoping to be. Don’t try to rush friendships. Give them their privacy and if you need some, ask for yours.