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How to Build a Good Roommate Relationship from the Beginning.

Sharing a rental apartment with a roommate requires honesty, flexibility, and a whole lot of compromise. You can quickly form close friendships or arch enemies.

Developing a good relationship early on can help you approach your roommate when they leave dishes in the sink or are a week late on the rent, again! To avoid awkward situations, like passive aggressive notes on the refrigerator door, the foundation of your relationship must be open communication from the very first day.

Here are tips to help you navigate the intricacies of living with a roommate while keeping the peace, courtesy of rental website RENTCafé.

Lay Down the Ground Rules Early

Before anyone signs leases you’ll need to discuss your expectations. This includes dividing up the expenses, determining what property is communal and what is personal, and how you plan on tackling household chores. Being honest and open about your expectations gives each of you a chance to evaluate your compatibility and come to compromises.

Divvying Up Those Shared Expenses

Renting together is like setting up a Partnership business relationship, unlike any other. Decide who will collect the rent and expenses, how you will divide them up, and what will happen if someone is late. Utilities such as water, electricity, and gas are usually split equally but who will pay for groceries or furnishing the apartment? Clear this up in the beginning so everyone is on the same page.

Protect your Stuff with Tenant Insurance

Another expense, or investment if you’ve ever had to use it, is tenant insurance. Tenant insurance provides protection for your personal belongings such as furniture, clothing, and electronics, in case of fire, lightning, theft, or vandalism. Decide if you will carry a personal policy or split the cost and carry a joint policy with your roommate.

Guest and Party Policies

Animosity brews when a roommate allows friends to be over all the time, especially if they rack up the bills (hour-long steaming showers), grab out of the refrigerator, or are noisy (ever study while listening to a video game-a-thon?). To minimize the chance of personality clashes, reveal who you are and what you can tolerate before freeloaders or parties become an issue. Decide what is acceptable in terms of timing, noise, and the amount of people on the guest list, and always provide advanced notice so roommates have the chance to make other plans and escape before they stare down your guests.

Negotiating Pets

If you own a pet, be upfront about their personality, you’re lucky to have found a roommate and you’ll want to take extra care to ensure she enjoys living with your pet. If you are thinking of renting to a pet owner are you ready to take your roommate’s dog out, because you know it will need to do its thing right after she leaves? Discuss where responsibility ends, who will cover costs, and who will care for pets while the owner is temporarily away.

Chore Distribution

Like living with a significant other the second biggest pet peeve of roommates, behind money, will be cleanliness! Decide together who will be responsible for what tasks and how they should be completed. Whether it’s a checklist or the ever- dreaded chore wheel consider writing it down and posting it to keep everyone accountable.

In the end, to have a good roommate, you must be a good roommate. Getting off on the right foot from the very beginning can bring months or years of mutually beneficial living. Who knows you might even become friends!

Now that you are ready to make the most of a shared living situation, find your new rental apartment and enjoy the benefits of joint living.

#WELIVEHERE: January Draw for Chainsaw Night Out!

Check out our houses on our HouseFinder!

Find one you love? Rent it & we’ll give you a Chainsaw #welivehere sign to snap a happy photo you can share with all your pals. Every social post (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) gets you a ballot into our draw!




Tag #welivehere #wearenextdoor @domushousing @chainsawlovers to be entered!

Meal Prep ideas that are anything but boring!

I know I can’t be the only one struggling to balance both my health and fitness goals with work and school. We all know how hard it is to stay consistent when your midterm is tomorrow and your assignment is due at midnight.

 Now, more than ever, I’m constantly trying to assemble fun new ways to keep my tummy full and my body moving; eating whole and nutritious foods while working and attending school full-time. I’ve found that one of the easiest ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle is…food prep! Preparing meals and healthy food options ahead of time is my number one go-to for meeting my dietary needs.Here are some ideas I’ve tried:

Bored of the traditional chicken meals? Or maybe how quickly the food seems to disappear? This method allows you to cook your chicken three different ways all at one time!


This method is so easy! All you have to do is line a baking sheet with foil and roll pieces into stick-like pieces to create dividers.  Refer to the website below for further instructions!

What about breakfast? These baked eggs are good for breakfast but also make for a great pre- or post-workout snack. Pop them in the refrigerator to keep for up to 2 days. I found this recipe at http://www.kimscravings.com/2014/07/mini-spinach-frittatas/ but feel free to add your own ingredients!

Smoothie Pucks – These are great for a quick protein kick while satisfying your sweet tooth.

My personal favourite is:

1 scoop of chocolate whey protein

1 medium banana

½ cup of almond milk

1 tablespoon of peanut butter (or any nut butter)

1 tablespoon of coffee beans

1 tablespoon of dark chocolate chips

Blend & pour the smoothie into a muffin tin and freeze for 24 hours. Once frozen you’re ready to try these amazing goodies!

BE BETTER Seminars… coming to a Domus Apartment near you!

YOU don’t always get the support YOU need while living off campus. This is where we want to make a difference! These short seminars, hosted by uWaterloo students, come right to YOUR building and make it easy & convenient for you to gain some valuable info & meet new friends…

CHECK OUT OUR NEWS PAGE to see when each event is happening / You’re Invited!

We would LOVE to see you there!



*NEW* to Domus: Key Deposit Refund Cheques Available SAME DAY!

Attention, outgoing residents!

We’re sad to see you go, but we wish you the best in all your future adventures! Here is some good news for you, for MOVE OUT this August.
In years past, we’ve needed a few weeks to prepare thousands of Key Deposit refund cheques for our outgoing residents. This year, we have a whole new improved gameplan: refund cheques will be available when you return your full set of keys to the Domus office. No more waiting for your refund!
In order to receive your refund cheque upon returning your keys on the end date of your lease (the 27th for most of you), any missing keys and FOBs (if applicable) must be paid for. You may have a key for entrance, unit, bedroom, & mail purposes.
We hope this comes as great news! We’re excited to make changes that positively impact our residents.

Have a great rest of the summer!
Choose your place. Make your mark. Live your life.

Top 8 Favourite Songs of the Domus Leasing Team

Here are our top 8 picks for the best tunes: 

Vic's Pic

 ”Sugar” - Maroon 5 

- Vic 

Blake's Pick

“Earned it” - The Weekend

- Blake 


“Four Five Seconds” – Rihanna, Paul McCartney and Kanye West

- Kailey 

” Truffle Butter” – Nicki Minaj, Drake and Lil Wayne

- Rob 

“Legend” – Drake

- Supriya 


“And So It Goes” – Billy Joel

- Erin 


“Just One Dance” – Caro Emerald

- Michelle 


“Stairway to Heaven” – Led Zeppelin

- Kristina 


Top 5 Ways to Overcome the Stigma of Mental Illness

Stigma makes people reluctant to seek help and receive appropriate treatment. Seeking help early takes a lot of courage, most people refuse to seek help or fail to adhere to treatment. 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness, yet 2 in 3 of those who struggle will not seek treatment options for fear of judgment or rejection. They may not tell anyone at all that they have a problem because of the stigma. How can we motivate ourselves to seek treatment? How can we motivate a family member or a friend to seek treatment?

1)      Have the correct knowledge of mental illness; educate yourself and learn the signs so that you can know what to do to help that friend or family member.

There is wide-spread misunderstanding about mental illness, for example that mental illness is feigned or self inflicted, that mental illness reflects a weakness of character, or that mental illnesses are incurable. This is not true.

2)      Have a correct attitude to mental illness; be more open to the reality of mental illness. It is a real issue we must face.

To overcome the denial and avoidance attitude to mental illness, we should tell ourselves that most patients can recover from their mental illness; the earlier the treatment, the earlier the recovery. Be accepting, understanding, helpful and supportive.

3)      Paint a real picture many people don’t know the statistics that surround the harsh reality of mental illness and depression. Here are some things to give you a better idea of how large mental illness is in our society.

  • One million people die from suicide around the globe. Over 30,000 people worldwide suffer from depression.
  • Suicide takes more lives than traffic accidents, lung disease, and AIDS.
  • Depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15-44.
  • 90 percent of people won’t get adequate treatment.
  • 80 percent would rather live with pain than do something about it.

4)      Be kind, listen and ask, do not be afraid to ask about something you are unsure of. Small acts of kindness say a lot and sometimes it’s just nice to listen.

Talk about it! Start some dialogue; educate your friends and family. Break the silence.

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