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Old 04-20-2012, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Default Would you ever share a studio with a roommate in NY?

So I've been reading up about some personal accounts of people who live in studios who have roommates. (Though more common among couples than real roommates) Paying a premium of $1k+ just to live in a nice neighborhood/close to the city/in Manhattan.

A studio is already pretty bad and the only real room that exists is the bathroom, while the kitchen + living/bedroom has no physical walls. I know I would go nuts even if I were to partition my living space with a screen/curtain. The living space is just too small. I currently know one person who's living in a studio and her bed is literally inches away from her kitchen/sink/fridge.

Maybe some people can pull this off, but I find this kind of maddening. It's not even a loft. Wouldn't it make more sense for most people to get a true 2 bedroom in the outer boroughs?
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:37 PM
 
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lol..that sounds like a jail.
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:33 PM
 
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I guess if one had a particularly large studio it might be feasible to divide it up--not all studios are tiny.

An acquaintance of mine took a 450 square foot studio and somehow turned that into a two bedroom. I'd really like to see how he performed that magic trick but I've never seen the unit. My guess is that its quite illegal. I've talked to people in the most crowded of housing situations--families living in one large bedroom etc. It's hard out there.
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:37 PM
 
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I did it for one summer during college. It was a sublet. It had a sleeping loft accessible by ladder and a futon in the living area, so there was some privacy. It was not as bad as you might think. My rent: $375.

If I hadn't known it was just for the summer, it would have been unbearable though.
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:42 PM
 
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I guess if one had a particularly large studio it might be feasible to divide it up--not all studios are tiny.
That's true too. I've seen studios the size of 1 bedrooms apts. Hmm well I guess if it's big enough, it might be doable. Though kind of reminds me of the living situation of someone renting out the living room of an apartment that has actual bedrooms.
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:46 PM
 
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I could hardly share a 1 bedroom with my girl who I love and share a bed with.
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Old 04-20-2012, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, MD
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People do that but its hard bringing a bird back to your place with a dude sleeping there. There's worse conditions where a mass of people rent an apt but being a normal person in normal society, girls don't like when you share a room and have sex with them in it unless you're in college and rarely even then
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Old 04-20-2012, 03:38 PM
 
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Not unless it was a wife/girlfriend, and even then a studio would just be too close of quarters for two people. I wouldn't do it.
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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Not unless it was a wife/girlfriend, and even then a studio would just be too close of quarters for two people. I wouldn't do it.
Waaaaay to close for two people except maybe a couple, And it was short term .people need some personal space to themselves to de-stress. And with roommates especially many times being under pressure to get along sometimes as it is this would be a bad situation. The person would be right by you whenever you were both home.

People are not meant to live on top of each other this closely. We are not hamsters!

If it meant this for me, Or no home i would sling a pack over my back, grab some hooch and ride the rails under the stars.
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:49 PM
 
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I could share a one bedroom with someone sleeping in the living room and the other in the bedroom. But I don't think I could survive actually rooming with another person in a studio. Studios, especially in New York, are TINY!



Very tiny and cramped. But people make due, Esp when young and starting out to live by themselves, or in a bigger place with roommates where they at least have some privacy. I commend them on their efforts to be independent and work hard to build their lives. Esp because i am in an industry where i encounter many early 20 somethings in the workplace-many from out of town away from their families to navigate the world on their own.

Bottom line-A living situation should be safe, sanitary and have some privacy. We (Hopefully) build from their.
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