How to Use Social Media to Find a College Roommate

March 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

How to Use Social Media to Find a Roommate - ForRent.com & Homes.comGiving 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?
 
Facebook™

  • 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]

 
Twitter™

  • 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.

 
Google+™

  • 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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Sources:
[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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