Congratulations! You’ve finally graduated from college. Your emotions might be running at an all-time high.
Feels surreal, right?
But it’s time you finally move on..into adulthood. You are making your transition to the next chapter of your life, and you need to be prepared.
For starters, you might be looking for a new apartment in a new city so that you can start your new job. And what about roommates to share your upcoming journey (and utility bills) with?
Will you find a roommate who loves dogs as much as you do?
What if he/she isn’t a F.R.I.E.N.D.S fan?
Alongside this, you might even be worried a little and might come up with few more questions such as:
Will I be saving enough money?
What if I don’t like the person I move in with?
Finding a person or people to co-exist with is a tedious task and is quite hectic. You’ll be spending the next year[s] of your life with your new roommates so it’s important that you make it work.
In this blog post, we will take a look at a few ways you can find a perfect roommate or roommates after college.
1 . Look For Someone In Your Social Network
It’s one of the easiest places to begin with.
If you’re in a more familiar place and know people around you, start asking them if they know anyone. As an added bonus, you’re more likely to learn a few things about where to live in town and what average prices are for apartments and homes.
You may already be a part of a few Facebook groups related to roommates, apartments or classifieds. If you drop a comment or post with details about yourself and what you’re looking for, I guarantee you’ll get messages with people in the same boat.
If you haven’t joined a group like this, you should join one immediately! There are tons of Facebook groups in your city designed specifically around searching for rooms and finding people to move in with.
Example: Type in “Roommates in [Your City]” on Facebook Search
Chances are that your potential roommates might be looking for somebody to share their room as well. Keep an eye out, Facebook is a powerful tool.
Once you have successfully narrowed down a few options, you can reach out to the ones who you think are good candidates and get into the logistics of what you both want.
2. Utilize A Roommate Matchmaking Platform
One of the most effective ways of finding a roommate/s is with the help of a roommate matchmaking platform.
You will be required to build a profile about yourself, but it’s fairly simple. In addition, you can search for homes and rooms based on dates, budget, location and other preferences (pets, gender, lifestyle).
Once that’s done, these roommate matchmaking platform will match you with a compatible roommate/s to begin speaking with. From there you can message back and forth. We encourage you to read each platform’s policy for sharing personal information.
3. Reach Out To Your Friends & Family Members
Reach out to your friends as well as family members – your smaller and more personal social network that you can trust.
What if one of your friend’s friend is searching for a potential roommate to share his/her space with? Well, all you need to do is to ask.
Not only should you reach out to your friends, but you should get in touch with your family members as well. Depending on where you are moving and how long you will be there, I’m sure that extended family members would be willing to house you for the time being as you continue your search in a new place.
One of the biggest benefits of moving in with a family member is that you already know the person well and can potentially save money for a deposit on a new apartment.
But if moving in with family is the opposite of what you want (I can’t blame you), try the next step.
4. Tap Into Your Extracurricular Network
If you volunteer around the city, or are involved with any extracurricular activities (running clubs, wine tasting, volleyball, etc.), you may already have potential roommates in your extended network. Reach out to them. The worst thing that can happen is that you learn a little more about what to look for in a room, apartment, home or dwelling.
If they don’t personally know someone, they might even recommend you to a few people in their network. Is this starting to sound familiar?
Network, network, network.
Finding a new roommate after college will be an exciting and possibly tedious experience.
After college, you might already know the kind of person you might be looking to share your room with. You’re lucky!
For many graduates, life in a new city with no knowledge of the rental market is difficult. Finding roommates may even be harder so.
And that’s what we are here to help you with.
If you’re in Raleigh-Durham or moving to the area soon, I encourage you to check out Alcove Rooms. They are a co-living company on a mission to making moving easier for everyone, including the process of finding roommates. They will match you with like-minded people in beautiful homes around the Raleigh-Durham metro area. All you need to do is to submit your application and soon, they will match you with your future roommates as well as your next dream room (at an affordable price!).
So, what are you waiting for?
Take the next step into adulthood!