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Giving students more control over their living situations results in fewer conflicts. [1] Social media connects billions of people from all over the world, so why not use it to find your college roommate?

  • Check with the college to see if there’s a Facebook group for incoming students. [1]
  • Post a status update on your profile to let your friends know you’re looking for a roommate.
  • Check with your school to see if they offer a roommate matching service.
    • This can give you a list of potential candidates. [1]
    • Start conversations and send friend requests to people on the list.
    • Nearly 50 colleges use RoomSync, a Facebook college roommate matching app, to help their students. [2]


  • Post a tweet that you’re looking for a roommate, using the hashtag #roommate.
    • Narrow down the search by using your city name as a hashtag, too.
  • Search Twitter for “roommate.” [3]
  • Use email and other social media networks to connect further with potential matches.
    • Weed out matches accordingly.


  • Post an update to let people know you’re looking for a roommate.
  • Start conversations with potential roommates.
    • Invite prospects to a Google Hangout so you can video chat and interact with each other. [4]

Tips for Living With a Roommate [5]

  • Set clear expectations for each other.
    • Discuss guest preferences. [6] – Is it okay to have people over late at night/early in the morning?
    • Discuss cleaning habits [6] – If you’re a fan of clutter, it may not be a good idea to select a roommate who’s a neat-freak.
    • Discuss pets [6] – Are there any allergies to consider?
  • Make plans for what to do if one roommate is unable to pay their rent. [5]
  • Discuss the lease terms. [5]
    • Outline who pays for what utilities. [5]
      • Place bills where your roommate can see them
      • Have bills emailed to you so they’re easy to share with your roomie. [6]
      • Clearly mark bill due dates on a calendar you both have access to. [6]
    • Outline whether or not subletting is okay, if allowed by the landlord. [5]


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[1] http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/college-freshmen-turn-to-facebook-to-find-roommates/2011/08/05/gIQAmHAJxI_story.html
[2] http://www.roomsync.com/heh—testimonials.aspx
[3] https://twitter.com/search?q=%23roommates
[4] http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/
[5] http://offcampus.osu.edu/roommate-resources/roommate-tips-tools-for-success/
[6] http://blog.forrent.com


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Geneva McNamara joined Trader Publishing company in August, 2004 after she received her degree from Old Dominion University in History and Political Science. She has worked within the Search Engine Marketing & Search Engine Optimization departments of several Dominion Enterprise divisions. In 2011, She became the Senior Organic Search Analyst for ForRent.com.


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