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A Guide to Finding a Roommate

Finding a roommate is an exciting opportunity to make new friends while saving some money on rent, utilities, and maybe groceries.  However, it can be a bit overwhelming if you’re unsure where to start. 

Here are some tips and resources on where to find your next roommate and what to consider before, during, and after the process. 

Before you start searching, there are a few things you should consider such as your budget, timeline, lifestyle preferences, etc. This will help when you begin vetting your potential roommates. (and we STRONGLY recommend vetting and checking references!)

 Whether you have a rental property lined up or not, you can get started on your roommate search by using some of the new services below:

  1. Roomies.ca
  2. Roomster.com
  3. Roomieapp.com 
  4. Facebook Rental Groups 
  5.  Diggz.co

These resources are extremely helpful because you can filter roommates by location, budget, and timeline, making it easier for you to find someone who is a great match.

After posting, you may get some responses indicating interest and the next step would be to meet in person and learn more about each other. Here are some things you will want to keep in mind if you’re going to live with someone new: 

  1. Meet in a public place and bring a friend to accompany you if you’d like.

  2.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions 

    Now is the best time to learn more about your potential roommate! Are they new to the area? Do they prefer a quiet space with limited visitors or a more social environment? What does their day-to-day life look like?
  3. Check references

    This means checking in with previous roommates, employers, etc. Another great way to reference check without the additional paperwork is if both parties complete an online screening application- such as Naborly’s tenant screening application

  4.  Get a roommate agreement in writing. 

    This includes house rules and utilities/ amenities arrangements. Haven’t drafted a roommate agreement before? We’ve got you covered. Below are free roommate templates you can use to get started. 

Lastly, don’t forget to enjoy this process- moving to a new space is an exciting time filled with opportunities! 

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