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Finding a Roommate in a New City

August 29th, 2018 - 3:09 PM

The best way to find a roommate

Moving to a new city for work or school can be an exciting adventure! But what if you’re moving into a new apartment, don’t know anyone, and need to find a roommate to help out with rent and bills? Finding the right person to share your living space with can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be! Check out these ideas for finding a great roommate in your new city.

new roommates getting to know each other over coffee

Use social media

Social media can be your best friend in your search for the perfect roommate. Posting on Facebook pages of local groups is an easy way to connect with people of similar interests who may also be looking for someone to live with. On Twitter or Instagram, you can search hashtags (or post one yourself) like “#needroommateindallas” to help you find people in your area who are looking for potential matches. 

Search the internet

If social media isn’t suitable, try another online resource. Here are a few of the best websites to find a roommate:

Craigslist
Craigslist is one of the largest online classified listings and is a great tool for a roommate search. It serves more than 700 cities in 70 countries, so it’s a good bet that wherever you’re moving, you can find someone in your area searching for a living space. When listing your apartment on Craigslist, it’s best to be brief and to the point. Use bullets or short sentences to keep their attention and get your point across. It’s also a good idea to introduce yourself a bit and describe what you’re looking for in a potential roommate. While Craigslist can be a great way to connect, as with any online interaction, it’s best to exercise caution and meet in person to make sure you’re both compatible before agreeing to anything. 

Roomster
Roomster is a subscriber-based site that links to your social media channels and lets you learn about potential roommates before connecting. It’s free to sign up and post listings, but you’ll need to pay for a subscription to connect your social channels and get an inbox on the site to receive messages. 

Roomi
Roomi users can specify whether they’re searching for a living space, or if they’re listing. If you already have an apartment, describe the specifics of your living space and what you’re looking for in a roommate. Then, by linking your social media accounts and entering some personal information, the site will get you verified so that you can start searching for or reviewing applicants. It’s free to create an account and browse listings and applicants. You also have the option to pay to boost your listing, to get it to the top of your local search results. 

Roommates.com
Roommates.com is a free service that links you with potential roommates based on personal preferences. It’s easy to use. Select whether you have a room or need one, enter in the city, and you’re all done. You’ll then be directed to a list of potential matches with details on their intended move-in dates and the amount they’re willing to pay for expenses. Searching is free, but to make connections and get more information about each applicant, you’ll need to sign up for an account. 

PadMapper
This map-based service makes it easy to find available rooms or apartments, defined to a specific city or even down to a neighborhood block. Download this app to your mobile device or visit padmapper.com on your desktop, select “post a pad” and create your listing. Be sure to be specific with details like how many rooms are available, an estimated amount for rent, a floorplan (if available), and what amenities (like laundry facilities, private parking, etc.) or other services will be available.

Attend local civic or social groups

If you’re moving ASAP, go ahead and get your new apartment and find a roommate once you get settled. Seek out local social groups at church, or sign up for book clubs, exercise classes or even trivia nights to meet and mingle with like-minded people. Attending cultural events like art exhibit openings, book signings or concerts can also open you up to new opportunities to meet people. Not sure what’s going on in your new city? Mobile apps like Nearify can give you lots of details about the best places and things to see and do in town. 

If you’re a student, check with your local campus organizations, the residence life department or alumni associations to get help for finding a roommate. 

Questions?

If you have any other tips or if you’re still looking for answers, leave us a comment. 

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