Guide to Finding Roommates

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Most students do opt to have roommates or at least housemates when living off campus. Here are a few ways that you can go about finding off campus roommates if you are planning on living off campus.

  1. Ask around: Often, off campus housing groups are simply a group of friends or acquaintances who have all expressed interest in renting and decide to rent together. You can meet people like this in your classes, clubs, or through mutual friends. This is the most common way that undergraduate Georgetown students go about finding roommates for off campus housing. 
    1. Pros: 
      1. You know all of the people you are living with and can get a sense of their habits before moving in with them.
      2. Most of the houses in Georgetown proper are rented out to these large groups for the duration of the school year with little continuity of the same tenants renewing for another year. So if you want to live very close to the university in the surrounding streets of Georgetown, this is the way to go, as you will find very few vacant rooms in these houses once the school year gets close to beginning.
    2. Cons:
      1. It is much more difficult searching for a space that meets the desires of a large group of people rather than just looking for a room vacancy for yourself. 
      2. It is common that people from these housing groups might drop out last minute, leaving you and your friends in the position to find someone to fill their vacancy if they have not yet signed the lease.
      3. You must form these groups extremely early and start looking extremely early. Many houses in Georgetown begin signing leases over a year before intended move in dates.
  1. Facebook Groups: This is a great option if you are looking to sublease or you do not have a housing group formed and are looking to join someone else’s leasing group. The two main Facebook groups to find rental units are Buy, Barter, Sell: Georgetown University (great for finding properties from other georgetown students, but you have to sort through all the posts selling random items) and Washington D.C. Housing, Rooms, Sublets, Apartments (strictly for housing). People will post in these groups either looking for someone to fill a room vacancy or looking for people to form a roommate group with. These are both private facebook groups that you must request to join, but it usually takes only twenty hours to be approved
    1. Pros
      1. This is a great option for grad students. Since they do not need as much direct access to campus, they can see apartments in a lot of neighborhoods other than Georgetown which are cheaper and often have other tenants that are closer to their own age.
      2. You can just find what you are looking for and not have to accommodate other people
      3. You can sometimes find last minute housing using Facebook groups
    2. Cons
      1. Not all of these posts are verified, so be sure to do your due diligence and make sure the listing you choose is legitimate. Never transfer money or sign paperwork before seeing the property and talking with the landlord, at least over video chat, preferably in person

Here is an example post of a vacant room which can be replied to.

Here is an example post of someone saying what they are looking for, and people can reply to them if they have a space or think they would be a good roommate fit to then look for a space together