How to Find New Roommates

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How to Find New Roommates

Staff Writer · Nov 29, 2009

Many times it is necessary to find new roommates. This can arise from many situations, whether your roommate does not want to renew, there is a personal conflict between current roommates, or you just moved to a new city. There are a few ways you can go about looking for new roommates:

Use Valuable Sources

Check the local paper. You can look under the classifieds section to see if anyone has put out an advertisement looking for roommates (or they have a room to rent).

Use online roommate finders. You can search for hundreds of people in your local area, and you can even search by certain criteria (such as whether or not they are a smoker, price range, whether they’re male or female, etc.).  If you are looking for a roommate online, always be careful and utilize due diligence. You should meet the potential roommate in a public spot, not at the apartment. This will be safe for both parties.

Ask family and friends if they know of anyone looking for a roommate. You would be surprised how many people know someone in need of a living partner. Maybe someone at work is looking for a roommate?

If you are a college student, there are many options available for you. You can opt to do student housing, where the school pairs you up with roommates, or you can choose to do it on your own. If you are currently in college, post your contact information (along with a description of what you are looking for) on bulletin boards. You can also ask your school newspaper if you can put an ad in the paper. Often times it is free for students, and if not, it is usually a very small fee.

Ask Questions

Whichever route you choose, you need to keep these considerations in mind when selecting a roommate:

1.    Have a list of questions you want to ask your potential roommate.
2.    Lay out the bills for them and make sure it is within their budget.
3.    Make sure they understand expectations such as cleaning, parties, etc.
4.    Find someone that you can meet on common ground. You’re not going to have all the same interests, but there should be some core common interests. This includes goals and values.

Allow Plenty of Time for Your Roommate Search

Always give yourself adequate time to perform a roommate search. This way you can do a thorough evaluation of the person before you decide to live with them. This will prevent future problems, such as incompatibility.

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