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6 Tips to Find a Great Roommate

Hopkins Roommates Having Fun Cooking Dinner TogetherIf you’re looking for a new roommate, you know how difficult it can be to find the right fit. You want someone who is trustworthy, responsible and shares your values. How can you ensure that you find the best possible roommate for yourself? Here are some helpful tips and strategies!

  1. Define what you’re looking for in a roommate. Create a list of qualities that are important to you and use it as a filter when interviewing prospective candidates. Include any deal-breakers (things that would make you miserable) and be sure to inquire about them during interviews. Despite the fact that you may have an ideal roommate in mind, it is important to be as practical as possible. Setting your expectations too high may make finding a new roommate difficult.
  2. Scan your contact list. You probably know lots of people who are looking for a roommate than you realize. Therefore, a great place to begin is with your contact list. Check your list to see if you know anyone who would make a good roommate. Then approach them and inquire! By letting people know you’re looking for a roommate, you might be able to find someone who is a good match for your lifestyle.
  3. Ask friends and family. It’s fine if you don’t know anyone looking for a roommate. Simply ask your family and friends if they know anybody who might be interested. Someone you know is almost certainly looking for a place to live. In addition, because your friend or relative knows you, they may be able to recommend a person with whom you would get along very well.
  4. Use social media. To widen your search, consider using online resources such as Facebook groups, Craigslist, and Reddit to let people know you’re looking for a roommate. You can also update your own profile with a status update or ask if anyone who follows you knows anyone. Make it clear what you’re looking for and avoid disclosing too much personal information.
  5. Try a roommate locating service. If you’re having trouble finding a roommate on your own, there are services that can assist you. Based on your preferences and lifestyle, these services will pair you up with potential roommates. Different services work in different ways, and there may be charges associated with them. Before you sign up for any service, make sure to do your research.
  6. Choose the roommate that is the best fit for you and your lifestyle. It’s time to decide after speaking with a few potential roommates and checking their references and rental history. If you’re torn between several excellent candidates, trust your instincts and choose the person who best fits your personality and lifestyle.


Now that you know how to find the best roommate, all you need is the best Hopkins rental home! Browse our listings online to find what you’re looking for.

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