How to find a roommate
Typical recent grad dilemma: You want a cool place to live, but can’t afford it. Typical solution: Get a roommate to share the rent. The sooner you start planning this post-graduation requirement, the better. If you’re not sure how that’s all going to pan out, it’s time to figure it out. Check out these tips for finding a roommate:
1. Social media. This is a no-brainer. In fact, many of the posts on the Alpha Phi LinkedIn group page focus on women seeking roommates, sub-letters or apartments. Skim what’s there or post your own in-search-of. The same goes for your college or Alpha Phi chapter’s Facebook and Twitter pages (#roommate #AlphaPhi).
2. “Roommate finder.” Search that term online and you’ll find results including roomiematch.com, easyroommate.com, roomates.com and roomster.com. They all have their own features and idiosyncrasies, and some are global, while others are limited to certain cities, so find the one that works for you. Besides narrowing down by answering questions and criteria, you’ll get a sense of rental prices in the area.
3. Use Craigslist. Proceed with caution on Craigslist due to reports of scams and frauds, but it can still be an effective means to an end when used smartly. You can search postings or create your own post. Do not, we repeat, do not, meet a Craigslist potential roommate by yourself. Take someone with you to view an apartment or meet in public somewhere.
4. Use your network. Friends, family and Alpha Phi sisters all have connections, so tap into them. It could be a sister’s friend or a friend’s sister, but whatever it is, it’s worth pursuing. Does she already have an apartment and needs another roommate? Or does she want to look for an apartment in the same city as you? Finding someone close to your own age is great, but keep your options open. You might stumble upon roommie-slash-mentor all in one.
5. Check on campus. First stop, your Alpha Phi chapter. Then check the campus postings—there’s always a place online or on campus that pulls together student roommate queries.
6. Ask your employer. Are you moving to a new place with job in hand? Nice! See if the human relations director can recommend a roommate resource or possibly another new hire at the company who might be seeking a roommate too.
7. Tell everyone. Get the word out that you’re looking for a roommate. Tell your new coworkers, your family and, of course, your Alpha Phi sisters.
8. The compatibility quiz. Think you’ve met your match? Before diving in, test the waters by asking a potential roomie some key questions. You might not like her answers, but at least you’ll have a heads-up if you make the move anyway.
1) drink, smoke or use drugs?
2) have a pet?
3) keep odd hours?
4) have a significant other who will be staying over?
5) have sufficient financial means to pay the rent and utilities?
6) want to share costs of things like toilet paper and trash bags?
7) consider themselves neat or messy?
8) plan to share household chores?
9) plan to hang out with you or do her own thing?