Finding a New Roommate When Moving

The ideal situation for most people moving into a new house or apartment is to move in with loved ones, family and friends or with people they know. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible for a variety of reasons ranging from new employment far away to college and a variety of other factors. Finding a roommate to help share the cost of rent and utilities can be a necessary burden, but the process itself can sometimes feel daunting. How you find a roommate will depend upon where and why you moved in the first place.

College students who are planning to move to school will find that there are a lot of options available for finding roommates either in dorms or within the surrounding community. For dorm dwellers, most of the work is done for you. Most schools will let you pick your dorm mate or will set you up with someone no problem. If you are living off campus, many schools have websites and facilities that work to set up students and landlords with rental properties close to campus. This is a great way to make sure that your roommates have something in common with you.

Individuals who have just finished a domestic move to a new state or city may find that they need a roommate but don’t know anybody that is available personally. There are several websites and organizations available to help people who are just in this situation. The thing to remember here is to vet potential roommates as well as possible before officially signing the arrangement. This can be hard to do over the phone or through a website, so it’s a good idea to have one or two meetings in order to find out if you’re going to be compatible with your potential roommate.

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