Finding a Roommate

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One of the easiest ways to save money on rent is to split the cost with other people. Not only is it cheaper to live in a 3-bedroom apartment with two roommates than to live in a 1-bedroom by yourself, the quality of your housing is usually quite a bit better with more space in common areas like a living room area. Most of the time, the easiest way to find someone to live with is to shack up with friends. However, best friends don’t always make the best roommates and everyone has different housing needs so if you don’t have luck going that route, here are some other ideas.

 

Try Craigslist. It may sound crazy to try to find a roommate on Craigslist but more and more people are doing it these days and there are plenty of great success stories out there. Sometimes people move to a new city for school or work and don’t know any other way to find a roommate and if you have any hesitation, just ask for references or ask them to pay a month or two of rent ahead of time. Craigslist can be a great way to find an apartment too – sometimes current residents of a great apartment have someone who has just moved out and just need someone to fill the spot so that they don’t lose a great place.

 

Put the word out on social media. Someone you know and like a lot may be looking for a roommate too but you may not know it if you’re not in frequent touch with them. That’s when the beauty of things like Twitter and Facebook come into play. Put the word out that you are looking for a place to live and chances are it will reach someone that knows someone who would be a good match.

 

Talk to your significant other. If you and your significant other are at the point where you’ve considered moving in together, a lease renewal may be the time to have a more serious discussion about it. You shouldn’t move in together just to save money but if it’s something you are thinking about anyway, the financial benefit can be a nice perk.

 

Let friends know you’re looking. Just like with social media, word of mouth can be a huge help when looking for someone to live with. Let your friends and family members know that you’re searching for a roommate and ask them for any ideas. It’s especially nice when you get a recommendation from someone you know because that means someone is vouching for your new roommate’s character.

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