Home > Resources > Campus Life > Roommates And Communal Living > Finding An Apartment Roommate

Finding An Apartment Roommate

Many college students choose off-campus apartments instead of dormitories or other on-campus housing options. Apartments often cost more than on-campus housing options and it is common for students who want to live in off-campus housing to get a roommate with whom they can share expenses. If you are planning to move off-campus and you need someone to share the expenses, it is a good idea to find an apartment roommate before you sign a lease. If you can’t afford the apartment on your own, you could find yourself stuck in a situation that could have been avoided by finding a roommate in time.

To find an apartment roommate, talk to people in your circle of friends and acquaintances to see if any of them are interested in giving up dormitory living. It is very likely that someone you know would love to move to an apartment, provided it isn't going to cost them more than living in the dorm. If not, ask for referrals of others who might be interested. You can also post notices on bulletin boards around campus and/or run a “roommate wanted” advertisement in your campus newspaper.

Once you have identified one or more potential roommates, spend enough time together to figure out if you are likely to be compatible roommates. Ask important roommate questions related to sleep schedules, noise preferences, tidiness habits, allergies and pets to make sure that your habits don't conflict. If you agree that rooming together is a good idea, start looking for an apartment that meets your needs in terms of space, location and cost.

Latest College & Financial Aid News

No Essay Scholarships 2017

January 19, 2017

by Susan Dutca

Not all scholarships are awarded to the best writers with the strongest essays. So whether you're too busy writing other essays for school or simply not the best at literary composition, there are scholarship providers that dole out funds for unique hobbies or skill sets; or even for simply entering a contest. Check out these no-essay (or essay-alternative) awards for a chance to fund [...]

Another Governor Pushing for Free College Tuition?

January 17, 2017

by Susan Dutca

Prospective Rhode Island college students may score two years of free college with Governor Gina M. Raimondo's $30 million plan, Rhode Island's Promise. Beginning with the class of 2017, the plan would foot full tuition bills and mandatory fees, according to Inside Higher Ed.

In an effort to "knock down the financial barriers to obtaining a college degree," Gov. Raimondo's proposed [...]

Modern College Culture: Sex, Booze & Entitlement?

January 10, 2017

by Susan Dutca

College is supposed to be the best four years of your life. Or as one sociology professor claims: "a big four-year orgy." Was college always this fun? History may indicate otherwise, and Lisa Wade highlights a "demographic shift" 300 years ago that changed the college campus landscape and made colleges bastions of sex, booze, and entitlement.

U.S. colleges during the colonial era [...]

Follow Us:

facebook twitter rss feed