I live with housemates, and we aren't really friends, and I'm of the stance that it's my room, that I pay for, and as long as we spend most of our time in my room rather than crowd the kitchen or hallway, or make noise in the bedroom or a mess or something in the house then it shouldn't be a problem. I'd say it was a right. It's very lonely living without any friends or anyone you love, and having someone there can be an important part of self-care.
However, if the bedroom was shared with a roommate or sibling, that would be a very different story. Things like consent would be fully need and boundaries discussed, you may even have to arrange that you roomate would stay somewhere else for a night if they were not comfortable.
With someone sleeping in a shared living room, again you would need to give them a heads up or agin consent as that space is shared rather than individual.
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I agree with RaeRay. In my experience living with roommates I've never really asked them if someone was staying the night in my bedroom. But if I was planning on a party or friends over staying up late and making noise, then I would ask first. And when my dad was staying over for a few days and sleeping in the living room, I would ask first, because that is a shared space.
I also agree if the bedroom is shared, then that is different, because then it isn't only YOUR space but a shared space.
Of course, your actual roommates may have totally different opinions. I would recommend discussing things like this with them. Before I lived with roomies I usually had a conversation about how much noise was acceptable past what time, and how they felt about house guests, etc.
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Thanks for the replies! I've never had my own bedroom, but I think what you've both said makes a lot of sense.
I share a one-bedroom apartment with two other girls right now, and this is a contentious issue among us. I'm not sure I really want to get into it right now before class, but I'll try to explain later.
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