Having lived with both a single roommate and between 3 to 5 roommates before, I've found that 3 total occupants can help maintain balance and create an ideal fit within a shared space:
- There's always a voting majority. — Odd number of people = no inevitable ties!
- There's contrast in energy distribution. — If you're upset with your roommate or feeling negative energy, the other roommate is either on your side, or on his/her side. This encourages people to resolve issues as a group to rebalance by presenting an internal and observable contrast.
- It's not “too many” people. — 3 is a crowd, but not a big one. Having a single roommate who is often away can be like not having one at all, but having two retains some of that balance mentioned previously without it being a huge party house.
… Hope this helps! 😃 — Here's a song: