4 Ways to Find a Roommate

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Finding a roommate shouldn’t be a difficult task if you plan ahead of time. If it’s the first time you’re looking for a roommate you need to keep a few things in mind so that you can share your apartment with the right person.

Determine the Type of Roommate You Want

Before you actually start looking for the right roommate you need to make sure that you calculate the cost of rent, the terms and conditions regarding the use of facilities/items present in the apartment, the gender of the roommate you’re looking for and whether or not the person should be smoker. It’s best to look for like minded roommates that draw an income that’s similar to yours. Once you have made a note of these things you can begin your search for the ideal roommate.

1. Social Groups and Organizations

If you’re currently employed, try to post an ad on a bulletin board in your office. You could also speak to the Human Resources department to find out if there are any new employees on the lookout for accommodation. Of course this method works well when it comes to any social organizations you go to that has a bulletin board.

3. Use the Web

You could either post an ad on craigslist.org or any apartment rental websites to look for a roommate. If you are a student, you could also try to post an ad on your online newsletter or college bulletin board.

2. Newspaper Ad

By placing an ad in the newspaper you can reach out to a lot of people at the same time. Make sure your ad is precise. If you’re specifically looking for a male roommate who is a non-smoker, mention it in the ad so that the right people approach you.

4. Friends and Family

This is the easiest way to find a roommate. Simply pass the word around to your friends and relatives. You may be surprised with the number of calls you get.

Once you’ve found yourself the right roommate, consider writing a roommate prenup so that there aren’t any disputes in the future. If disputes do arise, they can also be handled in a better way if a prenup has been signed.

4 Responses to “4 Ways to Find a Roommate”

  1. November 17, 2011 at 4:45 am, Cameron said:

    I’m sorry, but the information in this is completely outdated. In what utopia is any of this relevant? Maybe fifty years ago people would still look to bulletin boards as a way to communicate, or buy an ad in a newspaper, but seriously. Reading this has only left me confused as to why I read this in the first place. I gained nothing from reading this, and the people who are able benefit from this would not make a good roommate. I could go on, but I think my point has been stated.


  2. December 20, 2011 at 10:42 am, Mark said:

    There are more effective means to find a roommate these days…


  3. February 11, 2013 at 7:28 am, Any said:

    I agree with Mark…


  4. March 31, 2014 at 4:01 pm, Izabelle woods said:

    Finding a roommate is NOT easy.
    Talking to friends and families is a great idea: that’s how I found my roommates.
    But, it took me almost 2 months of talking to every extended friend and family member I knew before I found someone via Facebook.
    Facebook, if you need a roommate, post to Facebook.
    If you’re in school some of them have lists of people looking for rooms/a board dedicated to that.
    Bring it up at employee meetings… It’s a fairly given that you guys will be on a similar budget for places. If you’re in management then check your policy about living with coworkers, I know limited brands had a policy while I was employed as a shift lead there.
    Talk about pets/guests/noise/and dishes beforehand. My girlfriend still talks about the decibal of frequent sex her roommates had from years ago, and their complete lack of willingness to clean a pan.
    If you get up at 4am, and they’re insomniacs then talk about how you’ll deal with that.


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