Tips & Tricks for Your Next Roommate Search
If you’re interested in my crazy roommate experiences, you’re going to be disappointed to learn that I’ve had a single dorm all throughout college. Some tell me I am extraordinarily lucky that I never had to deal with the potential of having a terrible roommate. If anything, it’s taught me to be more social, to throw myself into social situations I would otherwise be intimidated by, if I had a roommate to do everything with.
Finding a compatible person to share a living space with has turned into one of our generation’s toughest struggles.
Earlier this summer, I found myself at what seemed like a deadend. After spending countless hours searching and posting in Facebook groups looking for a sublet in New York City, I finally found an accommodation out of random luck. Don’t get me wrong, my living situation has been fantastic, but looking back at it, I should’ve been more proactive. As much of a hit or miss Craigslist can be, reading this article about finding a room and/or roommate, would have been a helpful tool during my search.
While Facebook and Craigslist make it easy to connect with people that are advertising available spaces, ranging to fully furnished bedrooms to completely vacant apartments, it was difficult to really get a sense for who I would be sharing the space with. It is also no secret that online profiles only tell so much about a person. Above all, what made these sites somewhat risky was the major risk of putting yourself in a situation to get scammed online. Take it from me, it can be hard to tell when you’re unknowingly putting yourself in a money-wiring scam with a random bank in the middle of the country.
Seriously, that almost happened.
There are plenty of websites that serve the purpose of connecting those looking to buy, sell and rent. A quick search exposed me to services that offer unique scam prevention systems and have dedicated teams to keep users safe and stress free.