February 14, 2013
I moved back to Boulder from Niwot last weekend, after a 5-month stint in the basement of an old farmhouse (both thrilling and terrifying, I know). I lived there with the same roommate I’ve had for over three years, and we recently decided to split apart and live with new people. I enjoyed living with her, and I’m lucky that I had such a great roommate for so long. But I wanted to see some fresh faces, and I was not enjoying the commute every day into Boulder.
I didn’t have an easy time finding new roommates because none of my friends had an empty room in their homes or apartments. So I did the next best thing: I started browsing Craigslist. Now you may think that’s weird or downright dangerous, and the “random roomie from Craigslist” has become a college archetype. But I’ve had good experiences with people from Craigslist when I started with the house. When my long-time roommate and I needed a third person in our duplex, we had an interview process. Nothing formal, but we’d go out for coffee and talk for a while to see if we all had chemistry. We wouldn’t accept the first person who said they were interested, which could definitely be a dangerous thing to do.
So last month I found a house that I liked, and I met one of my prospective roommates. We got along very well in the initial meeting, and I offered to take the room on the condition that the other roommates didn’t hate me. We set up a time for all of us to meet, and it went well. We all had matching views on the use of common areas, dishwashing, fridge and cupboard etiquette, and parties. Along with that, we were able to talk about everything openly. I felt like it was a good fit for me, so I moved in a week later.
I imagine that most college students will need to bring in an extra roommate on short notice, or they will need a room. As long as you’re diligent about who you pick to live with, Craigslist is a great way to find new people. I was looking in the “rooms / shared” section of the Housing category – here’s Boulder’s site (http://boulder.craigslist.org/roo/)
I also know a lot of students who don’t know how to transition from the dorms into off-campus housing. I was invited into my first house by some friends who had done all the legwork, so I haven’t used any of CU’s housing resources. But I’ve heard good things about the CU Off-Campus Housing Fairs, and the next one will be on March 6. Head to this (http://ocss.colorado.edu/) site for info on that. If I had a group together that I wanted to live with, I wouldn’t hesitate to use the “apts / housing for rent” section on Craigslist. Boulder’s is here (http://boulder.craigslist.org/apa/ ).Share on Facebook