This fall, whilst going to grad school, I will most likely be living with four other people in a house we’re renting (we’re deciding tonight after the two people who haven’t seen it finally see it.) I assume we’ll rent it, because as long as the landlord fixes what she said she was going to fix (new carpet and dishwasher, a coat of paint here and there) it will be a fantastic place. Five bedrooms, a living room and a den, a large kitchen, a sun room (I barely know what that is,) a nice large yard, small deck, what used to be a second kitchen that we’lll turn into a bar area, and an unfinshed room in the bottom level (of a split level place that was once two apartments) that can be used like a small basement. Cement floor, W/D hookups, workbench, etc…
Of course, the problem is…five bedrooms. Which means five people (well, in our case it does, because we’re all too poor to afford anything less. And it’s only $2000 a month, and within walking distance to the school three of us are attending and the hospital two of them work at. That’s crazy cheap for this area.) I’m concerned about the logistics of that many people, two of whom don’t really know the other three (it’s myself and two of my friends, and two girls who go to nursing school and work with my mother (that’s how I found out they needed a place too.))
I lived in a fraternity in college, so while I am familiar with some of the handling of many people in a small area, it’s still quite different. For one, that was over twenty people in three houses, with a large budget and communal everything, for the most part. If it got too loud or annoying in one place, it was easy to go over to one of the designated study rooms in another house and voila, peace and quiet. Also, things like food, electricity, heat and water were easy to take care off. Pool all the money and divide equally to the areas that needed it (well, ok, our treasurers would say it was more tricky than that, but still, no issues of X not paying for food because he only ate some of his dinner, etc…)
So I’m looking for suggestions as to what other people have done in the past that worked out, and what didn’t. Taking food as the prime example, what is the best situation? Everyone pitch in equally and share everything? Everyone for him/herself 100%? A combination of the two? What about cleaning. Any tips to get lazy asses (which I know one of my friends is) to do their share and pitch in when the bathroom is coated in an inch of mold?
Thanks in advace.