Follow the above link to find fellow students who are currently in the search for an Off-Campus Roommate
Consider asking a prospective roommate the following questions to ensure that you find the right match for your personality and lifestyle. Click HERE for a printable version of this question list.
- You would never take a job applicant's word for how great they are, nor should you with a potential roommate.
- Ask for a testament from a former roommate or personal references like friends and work colleagues (two or three should be plenty).
- Ask for their reference's phone numbers and emails-people tend to be more candid on the phone, but emailing is a good backup if your calls go unanswered.
- Living with a smoker is a deal-breaker for some, and an essential question to ask if your lease forbids smoking indoors.
- If they say they are occasional smokers, ask how occassionally.
- You will want to make sure that your roommate is on the same page.
- If you typically avoid alcohol but your roommate wouldn't mind a Tuesday hangover, you may not mesh.
If your potential roommate tells disaster story after disaster story, pay heed to the red flag.
If the person is somewhat hesitant to discuss their past roommate situation you may consider this as yet another red flag.
If guests plan to stay in your shared apartment, you will want to establish rules as to how long they can stay (maybe no more than a weekend or a couple of days).
If they seem to have a packed schedule of out-of-town guests already, you may want to steer clear.
Maybe they forgot to mention new activities they have picked up or whether they have allergies. Let the interviewee take the lead here and let their personality really come through.