Few things about moving to a new city will make you anxious like trying to find a new roomie. Will you meet somebody who shares the same passion of cats as you, or will they be a nightmare to live with – always eating your leftovers and leaving dirty dishes in the sink? Here are some tips on how to find the ideal roommate in a new city and also what qualities to look for:
Your School’s Alumni Network
If you’ve graduated recently, a great way to find a roommate is by joining your school’s alumni network. There are plenty of social media sites dedicated to this, including Facebook.
Ask Your Friends and Family
Get the word out there about trying to find a roommate. Talk to your friends, family members, coworkers, and anybody else you may interact with on a daily basis. Your network adores you, and will find a roommate that you’re sure to adore too.
Turn to Social Media
Ask your social media followers and friends if they know anybody in your new city looking for a place to live. Chances are, you’ll have some people in common which is a very good starting point for a joyous cohabitating relationship.
Regardless of how you find your new roomie, make sure you take the proper precautions to ensure they make a good fit for you. Beyond just idle chit-chit about your interests, you want to ensure that they pay their bills on time and are safe to live with.
Qualities to Look for in a Roommate
Here are some characteristics every great roommate should have:
- You lead balanced and separate lives
- They are financially independent
- They are timely with bills
- They are clean
- Won’t steal your food
Finding a roommate in a new city isn’t as hard as it may seem. Be prepared and be honest with yourself about what traits you’re really seeking out of a roommate and you will find one in no time.