Ideally you should be friends with your roommate, but your closest friends don't always make the best people to live with. In the last living situation I was in, I lived with four other women who I all considered to be my friends. By the time our lease ended, I didn't want anything to do with two of them — and the feeling was likely mutual. I haven't spoken to either of them in the five months since. Another one of them, on the other hand, is still my closest friend, which isn't surprising since we've shared a space throughout our college careers and never had it jeopardize our relationship. She's a good roommate (and a great friend) but there are reasons I can live with her more easily than others.
"If your friend is trustworthy it's a good sign they'd make a good roommate," Kimberly Hershenson, a licensed therapist, tells Bustle.
If you're about to sign a new lease or looking for a new person to share your apartment, there are ways to decide whether or not you'll get along with someone when you're forced to live with them. Here are five signs your friend will make a good roommate: