The school year is quickly approaching and you haven’t figured out who to live with yet. Is it your first year of college? Is your roommate going abroad? Do you need to find a temporary replacement? Did you decide you needed a new roommate last minute? The point is, if you’re looking for someone to live with and you’re unsure as to where you should begin searching, we’ve got you covered. Here are some tips on where to find your potential roommate:
Ask the People You Know
This is an obvious and safe way to find a potential roommate. Ask your friends and family for recommendations. They’re the people that know you the best, and wouldn’t suggest someone that isn’t a right fit for you.
If the people closest to you don’t know about anyone, try using social media to let other friends and contacts know that you need a roommate. A quick text, with where you will be living and a simple description of the type of roommate you’re looking for, is more than enough. Someone out there might be able to make the connection- and it’s still a pretty safe bet!
Pro tip: Ask your friends on social media to share your post so you can reach even more people!
Roommate Search Services:
The internet is booming with roommate finder services and tools to help you look for the perfect roommate. Not all of them are free, but it’s worth it considering using one of them if you’re deciding who to share your home with.
Check out RoomSurf, a platform with over 1.2 million student users, dedicated to helping college students find the right roommate. The site lets you take a roommate compatibility quiz and get in touch with your matches, and it’s good for both on-campus and off-campus searches. Another great option is Uloop. Apart from being a great resource for students on everything related to college life, Uloop has a roommate section with listings for college roommates from all over U.S campuses.
College and university students have turned this unconventional tool into a major resource for flatmate searching- not to mention many people in different cities use them as well. Students can post their available space or search for a room in the group, and get in touch through private messages. One of the best things about Facebook groups of this sort is the exclusivity. They are often private and require an invitation/ acceptance into the group, to keep non-students and scammers out.
Many universities invite freshmen and new students to join Facebook groups for their graduating class, to begin to connect to each other, seek information, and more. These online communities are great places to search for potential roommates.
Even though the potential for scammers is a bit higher on sites like Craigslist, there are still plenty of legitimate people with real intentions to find a roommate. Do your research, be smart and use common sense, and always ask to meet in person, preferably more than once, before signing any documents. When meeting them in person, make sure you follow these tips to ensure you have all the information you need to make the right choice.