Although moving to a new city after graduation can be exciting, if you don’t know anyone, the process of finding a roommate can be a little bit stressful. Having a roommate can be hugely beneficial because it means you have someone with whom to split the cost of rent and utilities–but if you don’t get along, it can quickly turn into a disastrous living situation. If you’re wondering how to find a roommate before you move, follow our simple tips:
Ask Your Friends and Family
Before you start searching the internet for a roommate, ask your family and friends from college if they know anyone moving to the same city who may be looking for someone to live with. Even if their contact isn’t looking for a roommate, it’s good to know someone before you move–they can give you advice about what neighborhood you should live in and may even know of someone else looking for a roommate.
Post on Roomster
The age of the internet is making it easier to find a roommate than ever before. Instead of posting an ad in the newspaper like the days of yore, you can make a profile on websites like Roomster, which is sort of like a dating site for roommates. It will match you based on personality, interests and priorities, and takes a lot of the guesswork out of finding someone you would enjoy living with. You can also search for sublets on Roomster if you don’t want to deal with the process of renting an apartment on your own.
Use Your Alumni Network
Like looking for a job, finding a great roommate is all about networking. If your friends and family weren’t able to think of anyone who’s moving to the same city, try to make some connections with current or future alumni from your school. This is most easily done through social media. Post on the Facebook page of your graduating class and see if anyone else is in the same situation you are! If you both went to the same school, that’s already one thing you have in common.
Although you may be skeptical of meeting your new roommate on Craigslist, we’ve heard of enough success stories to know that if you take the right precautions, you have nothing to worry about. Use the website to search for a roommate or post an ad of your own. Just make sure that you video chat your new roomie and exchange references before signing a lease. You don’t want to get caught in a difficult situation.