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How to find and live with a roommate?

For many students now, finding a roommate can be like navigating a jungle. Since you are living with this person every day, it’s not a process you want to get wrong. There are ways to make it easier, though, and make sure you’re safe and happy in your new apartment. 

According to U.S. Census Bureau data, in 2015 a quarter of Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 lived with roommates, up from 23 percent a decade prior. Very few decisions are more critical than selecting your home environment because where you live is important to who you are. It’s also essential to your quality and enjoyment of life, which can be linked to the people you live with, as well as the physical space. 
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Everyone has different styles when it comes to sharing an apartment. Some people are clean, others clean just once or twice a week, and some may not clean at all. Whoever your roommate is you need to find the right balance for your roles and responsibility for the apartment.  And just when you think you’ve got things figured out, a new person may move in and changes your apartments' ecosystem. 


While there’s no universal formula to live with the right people, there are a lot of things students and young professionals can look out for before moving into a new apartment and finding a roommate. Age may matter to a 29-year-old with a 21-year-old roommate, your schedules can be wholly different, and interests in life may not align. If you join the apartment, make sure to get on the lease or if you leave make sure to get off the lease! This can save you trouble with housing authorities down the road. Lastly, a friend of a friend doesn’t mean you will get along with that person. A second-degree social connection does help, but it doesn’t mean your living habits with coincide with each other. 
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Roomi helps students and young professionals rent rooms and find roommates, in a verified community. Roomi has incorporated features, such as secure in-app messaging, secure payment rent processing, and Background and ID checks, to ensure that users can trust the platform and the community. Plus every single listing is vetted.  Roomi takes roommate compatibility and matching the right people, really seriously! Roomi matches people based on compatibility as housemates and co-habitants, for instance, can you pay bills on time? Are you a night owl or an early riser? Are you a party animal or a gym rat? Will you take the bins out and get on as housemates?

The ultimate vision is to provide better experiences and more affordable housing options for young people, around the world. Only by building more trust and transparency into the shared housing process can people live better together.

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