A roommate is a person who shares a living facility such as an apartment or dormitory.
Start Your Search
The best way to start searching for a roommate is by asking people you already know! They may be able to recommend someone and vouch for their character. Post it on facebook as a status, drop it as a talking point in a conversation -- you never know!
Do It the Old-Fashioned Way:
Create an advertisement to post all over campus, clarifying what you are looking for in both a house, and a roommate, and then get it stamped in the Student Center. After it's stamped, make a copy of it and post in approved areas on campus. Don't forget to provide contact information!
Use the Internet:
Head on over to the Off-Campus Housing Facebook page, or other Temple University related Facebook pages to post what you are looking for. We also suggest using craigslist.com and roomster.com, among many of the other websites out there. Doing a quick google search will turn up hundreds more!
Screen Your Roommate
Roommates are a good way to cut expenses, but remember, you could potentially be living with this person for a year!
Here are some questions you may want to ask a roommate, whether over the phone or in person!
- Can they afford the rent/utilities? Are they willing to put their name on the lease?
- How quiet or noisy are they? How much noise can they tolerate? What times of day will they be making noise and at what times do you need quiet, and does that work for you?
- How much cleanliness do they need? How often do they think an apartment should be cleaned? What sort of cleaning schedule do they envision? Do they smoke or drink, and how do they feel about a roommate who does or doesn't?
- What type of lifestyle do they lead? Are they a student, or are they employeed? Do they play the drums, have a dog, or like to have loud parties? Ask all your questions now to ensure compatibility and limit the amount of surprises!
After you decide what you are looking for, its time to start searching for the right person.
Come to an Understanding
Before signing the lease, make sure everyone is on the same page! We suggest putting all agreements into a written roommate agreement to refer to it at a later date.
What is everyone's share? Whose name will be on the utility bills, and how will they be split?
Who will occupy which bedrooms?
Who's bringing the couch? The TV? How about the plates, utensils, or the ever important vacuum cleaner? Go over the basics, and do not split the cost of large furniture items! After all, you can't split a TV in half when its time to move out.
Who's responsible for cleaning, and on what schedule?
Will food, shopping and cooking responsibilities be shared? How about basics like salt and pepper? How will you split the costs of everything?
When should stereos or TVs be turned off or down low? When is it okay to have people over?
Is it OK for boyfriends/girlfriends to stay over? How often is too often?
If one of you decides to move, how much notice must be given? Must the departing tenant find an acceptable substitute?