How to Find Roommates After College

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.

Examples include Roomster, Roommates.com, Roomies and many more.

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.

Conclusion

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!

7 Tips for Sharing a Kitchen with Roommates

Many of the issues related to roommate problems involve the kitchen. Roommates are easily agitated when others don’t clean their dishes, eat their food, and ignore basic cleanliness. Getting along with a roommate in the kitchen will help you get along in other areas of the house. Sharing a kitchen is stressful, but if you follow these kitchen tips, you should have no problems.

1. Decide What the Kitchen Needs

Roommates can co-exist in the kitchen by determining what they need. Depending on the number of roommates, each roommate can be in charge of a specific dish, such as bowls or utensils. This will help fill the kitchen at a fraction of the ordinary cost. Roommates can discuss their kitchen needs, and then volunteer to buy what they needs.

2. Share Groceries

Roommates should definitely not share all of their food. However, splitting bulk items and items that expire quickly will help free up space in the kitchen. Roommates should consider sharing items such as milk, eggs, bread, and more. You could designate which roommate will buy the basic items each week. This helps reduce the cost of food, and it ensures you’ll use the food by the expiration date.

3. Clean Up After Yourself

Does this even need to be said?

Cleaning up after oneself is a basic way to keep the peace with your roommates. In regards to the kitchen, make sure you always clean up your mess. More specifically, do your dishes. Don’t leave them sitting in the sink for weeks. This is one of the top reasons people fight with their roommate. Just clean them after you’re done using them. It will save you many roommates fights.

4. Create a Cleaning Schedule

Make a simple cleaning schedule for each day. One person can be in charge of wiping the counters on Monday, whereas another can be in charge of sweeping the floor. This will help keep the kitchen clean, but it also shouldn’t take too much time. The task should take no longer than 5-10 minutes. If each person does their task, the kitchen will always be sparkly clean.

5. Make Dinner

One of the greatest advantages to having a lot of roommates is dinner. Organize a weekly schedule based on when each person works. If you have five roommates, each of you can make dinner one day a week. The other two days can be reserved for leftovers and takeout. This will help roommates bond and always have a delicious, home-cooked dinner.

6. Get a “We Need” Board

Get a white board for the fridge to list items that the kitchen needs. If you run out of paper towels, write in on the board. Then whoever goes to the store next can quickly grab what is listed on the board. This is a great idea, but make sure one person isn’t always the one to get the needed items. This could cause arguments and annoyance.

If you’re having issues in the kitchen, let your roommates know. If you’re having roommates in the kitchen, listen to them. Communication is the key to any relationship.

7. Eat Your Own Food

Another thing that doesn’t need to be stated, but we’re going to say anyway.

DON’T EAT YOUR ROOMMATE’S FOOD WITHOUT ASKING.

As a general rule of thumb, just eat what you bought. If you’re really craving something your roommate has, ask them. If they say no, don’t be offended. Go buy the same item, and maybe you guys can organize a plan in the future to buy the product together.


Meeting your roommates basic kitchen needs is necessary to getting along. These tips will help organize an efficient and friendly kitchen. Remember to respect your roommate. If you’re ever unsure if something is okay, just consider what you would want your roommate to do for you.

Read more about how to manage roommate relationships here: https://moderncoliving.com/2020/05/12/how-to-manage-your-relationship-with-your-roommates-during-the-covid-19-lockdown/

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How to Plan Your Furniture Situation with Your Roommates

The hustle and bustle of moving from place to place is exhausting. The stress induced by lugging heavy furniture around is an all-around terrible experience. The worst part of moving is that you often have to find a place to put your stuff before deciding on where it will go in your new home.

New roommates will have furniture as well. Sometimes it’s heavy, gaudy or even smelly. What’s even worse is when they don’t have furniture! The conversation of “who buys what furniture” for the home is daunting, but you’ll face it at least once in your life.

Those who live in co-living homes, however, don’t have to struggle with any of these problems! They can say “good riddance” to moving furniture for good–or at least until they live somewhere other than a co-living home.

Co-Living = Pre-furnished

Co-living homes are already furnished. They include furniture for the common spaces, like the living room and dining room, saving you and your roommates a ton of time deciding between your chaise and their loveseat. Furniture is also available for bedrooms upon request.

Instead of worrying about trying to determine who buys the couch and coffee table, roommates in co-living homes can simply get to know one another. They can also get to know one another when decorating the home.

One way to do this is through decorating the home. Because basic furniture is already included, roommates can discuss other items they may want to spruce the place up, and make it their own. A way to discuss your furniture situation with your roommates could be through organized activities.

Organize a group outing to a thrift shop. See who can find the coolest, most unique item in the store. This is a great way to get to know your roommates, and it could also lead to an artistic and expressive home.

Through this, everyone’s styles will be fused together. Thrift shops have many quirky items at discounted rates, such as throw pillows, lamps, paintings, and more. Another great thing about this trip is that all the roommates will be there to help move the furniture you do end up purchasing.

Get Creative

Another idea for deciding on a furniture situation with roommates is utilizing you and your roommates’ skills. If someone is into woodworking and another is a great painter, perhaps they could collaborate to make a beautiful bookshelf. You could even host a craft night where you make murals to hang around the house. Get creative with how you decorate the home. It should be a group effort, since you are all sharing the space together!

Outside of the shared space furniture, be sure to sit down and make a list of what everyone really wants and needs in the home. There could be repeats, which is great, because then some roommates can split the cost of things they most want – plants, kitchen utensils, throw pillows, etc.

When you’ve exhausted the low-budget options of decorating the home, consider a group trip to IKEA or another furniture store. With your predetermined lists, you and your roommates will be able to effortlessly find each product that you are looking for. And again, the move will be much easier with all of you there!

The roommates of co-living homes can also discuss the furniture they already have, and decide what would be most beneficial to the home. Perhaps someone has a bookshelf they don’t want in their room that would look great in the living room.

Finally, make the effort to make the living room and dining room homely. Everyone should have a say in how the co-living spaces look. Make sure everyone wants to sit at the dining table or have friends over. The people in your co-living home will be more open to getting to know each other if they can sit around a family style table. This is also a good time to point out that a great co-living home is only as good as the communication that takes place inside it.

When you run into problems with each other, it’s important to have open communication channels. Don’t play the blame game, keep it open and honest. I digress.

Conclusion

These are the best ways to plan the furniture situation with your roommates in a co-living home. Even though very little furniture is necessary, decorating the home can lead to a lot of great activities and quality roommate bonding moments. The more at home everyone feels, the more at peace they will be with each other.


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