Dividing rent fairly can be a challenge that often leads to arguments, hurt feelings, and passive-aggressive behavior, especially if you didn't end up with the part featuring Roger, Mimi, and the candle before the second intermission. Do yourself a favor and ensure a stress-free first of the month, with SplitTheRent.org.
Finally answering the oft asked query, "What do Harvard PhD candidates in astrophysics do for fun when they're no longer singing a capella at Yale?", STR's an ingenious algorithm-driven online abacus that uses price-per-square foot estimates to fairly divvy up the rent between up to eight roomies in a "neutral and objective" manner, thus alleviating the inevitable stress that comes from throwing your roommate though a double paned window. Avoiding assault charges is easy: simply plug in the total monthly rent and number of rooms before adjusting for amenities (windows, closets, bathrooms), calculating the x-factors (shared by two
lovers people, bad sound isolation, no door, awkward layout), and rating each bedroom's size on a no-tape-measure-required scale that spans from "tiny" to "a bit small" to "Kirstie Alley" "enormous". From there, you'll employ a clever interactive visual aid to eyeball the the size of common/shared spaces compared to the bedrooms and, viola!, a carefully calibrated algorithm based on an in-depth survey of 40+ friends will spit out the suggested amount each person should be paying, unless they're paying it forward, in which case, it's cool -- Haley Joel Osment will handle it.
To help ensure STR becomes so accurate it can predict Dustin Pedroia's 2011 OBP, you can fill out a survey when you're done that'll be used to tweak the formula, ensuring your next year with roommates is just four short Seasons of Love.