How to find a roommate
Whether you lived in your chapter house with Alpha Phi sisters as built-in roommates, off-campus housing with your besties or a single dorm with friends all around, it’s probably a given that once you graduate you’ll be looking to share rent with someone. The sooner you start planning this post-graduation requirement, the better. So, if you’re not sure how that’s all going to pan out, it’s time to figure it out.
Before jumping in, test the waters with a few key questions.
Does the person…
..drink, smoke or use drugs?
..have a pet?
..keep odd hours?
..have a significant other who will be staying over?
..have sufficient financial means to pay the rent and utilities?
..want to share costs of things like toilet paper and trash bags?
..consider themselves neat or messy?
..plan to share household chores?
..plan to hang out with you or do her own thing?
Now, check out these tips for finding that person:
1. Try social media. 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 (use a hashtag like “roommate”).
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 city you’d like to live.
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. We suggest always taking another adult with you to view an apartment; do not go alone.
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. Do they have an apartment and need 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 most helpful, but not essential.
5. Check on campus. First stop, your Alpha Phi chapter, but then check the campus postings in general. There’s often somewhere that pulls together student roommate queries.
6. Ask your employer. Are you moving to a new place with job in hand? See if the human relations director can point to any roommate resources 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.