So, you’ve finally signed a lease, but you’re still one or two short of a full house. What’s a renter to do?

Picking a roommate is a lot like buying a new car. You want to make sure that you’re totally comfortable and that you are making the best decision in the long run.

So, how do you find someone you can live with while you’re in school?

The search: Where to look

It can be uncomfortable to start a conversation about living arrangements, but sometimes you just have to be assertive. But, where should you look?

Speaking to acquaintances from classes is a good way to start. You may not know your class friends very well, but chances are if you get along in class, you could be a good match.

Try to keep the conversation natural. You probably have similar interests, as some of your class friends, so working up to the big question will be easy.

Another option is to ask your Facebook friends. It’s very easy to send a short message, and it has the added benefit of not being a face-to-face encounter.

If you don’t have any luck, Knox Ridge can match you with someone.

Do a roommate match

At Knox Ridge, we will provide an opportunity to do roommate matching for you if you haven’t found enough people to fill up your house.

With questionnaires and social events, we will help you find someone you can connect with so you aren’t moving in with a stranger in August.

Our process will involve filling out an online questionnaire that will include information about sleep habits, smoking, pets etc. Then our software will calculate your possible matches and share potential match Facebook pages.

By offering this system, we ensure that your roommate match questionnaire doesn’t get lost on a desk or in a filing cabinet. We want to make sure that you have the best possible match, and maybe that person becomes a friend after some time.

Living together

Once you’ve moved in with your new roommates, it is important to set boundaries and house rules. No one wants to strike up a conversation about rules, but talking about your expectations first will help prevent conflict later.

Some things to discuss would include whether or not you want to each buy your own groceries or pool your money and do a house shopping trip, pet boundaries, and who will do which chores.

Always be courteous, and try to really connect with your new roommate. The relationships formed in college can be for life, and friends you make in college can be invaluable to you in the future.

Having issues finding friends and feeling isolated is not that unusual in college, which is why making a good roommate matching effort is important.

So, no matter how you find your roommate, try to build a friendship that will make your time at school that much more fun.