How do I find a roommate?

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Here at CSU we want your on-campus housing experience to go as smoothly as possible, and we understand that who you room with can make an impact.

Some students prefer to expand their horizons and live with those who have different viewpoints and lifestyles than their own; others prefer to room with someone that they already know well. Both preferences are reasonable and can result in an enjoyable experience.

As you contemplate what type of roommate would suit you best, use our tips and tools below to make the process simple and straightforward.

What to consider in a roommate

These lifestyle preferences should be taken into account when deciding if a roomie is a good fit.

Early bird or night owl?

Sharing a living area with someone who wakes up at 6:00 a.m. when you prefer to go to bed at 2:00 a.m. might result in lack of sleep all around. Think about your preferred sleep schedule and be sure to ask your roommate about theirs.

What is their definition of clean and orderly?

Are you all about keeping your room tidy or do you embrace the clutter? Living with someone who doesn’t share your idea of clean could cause disagreements. Avoid confrontation by coming to a middle ground and creating a cleaning schedule ahead of time.

What about smoking preference?

While Colorado State University is smoke-free, vape-free, and tobacco-free, some students may opt to use tobacco off campus. If you use tobacco or if tobacco use is a deal-breaker, this topic is one you should definitely bring up with a potential roommate.

Do they focus more on studies or fun?

Netflix and video games or textbooks and the library? It’s important to make time to study in college so be sure your future roommate is on the same page.

Should they have similar academic interests?

A roommate with a similar major could potentially give you both a living partner and a study buddy. On the other hand, rooming with someone in another program might broaden your experiences at CSU.

When living with someone new, it’s always best to discuss ground rules ahead of time to limit stress and confrontation. Residence Life at CSU has created a roommate agreement guide to help you decide what subjects are most important to talk over.

Finding and selecting your roommate

Meeting a potential roommate can happen in a variety of ways. Here at CSU, we offer three official methods of finding and selecting roommates.

#1: Lifestyle questionnaire

When filling out your housing application you’ll notice a lifestyle questionnaire section. This questionnaire helps us place you with a compatible roommate without extra work on your end.

Simply fill out the questionnaire and Housing & Dining staff will use the information to match you to a roommate with similar preferences. CSU assigns roommates later in the year to give you as much time as possible to find a compatible roommate yourself. You can expect your roommate assignment in mid-July.

#2: List a name and CSUID#

If you already know a future Ram that you think will make a great roommate, you have the option of placing their name and CSUID# on your housing application. If you both list each other on your application, apply at similar times, and are assigned to the same hall or Residential Learning Community, we will do our best to match you as future roommates.

#3: Roomsync

Roomsync is the official CSU roommate matching app and is available from mid-March until July of each year. The app allows you to match and chat with other admitted students in the same hall or Residential Learning Community who are also looking for a roommate. An invitation to join Roomsync will be sent to you in mid-March.

Other ways to connect

Want to find a roommate on your own? Some future Rams meet their roommates simply by making connections, online or face-to-face. Meet classmates at an admitted student event, on social media platforms, or by using the Schools App to help you make connections before your first day. Keep in mind that although Schools App is a great place to meet classmates, it is not an official roommate-finding tool. In order to request an individual as a roommate, you must do so within your CSU housing application or in RoomSync.

Communication is key

Successful on-campus living situations are born out of much more than friendship. Lifestyle choices, personal values, and even your level of cleanliness can all make or break a roommate relationship. Whether you plan to match with a roommate through RoomSync or you choose a friend from high school, talk with them about your expectations before move-in day.

Setting clear ground rules from the start can help make your time in the residence halls a great experience.

Jill Baylis

Jill is part of the communications team in the Office of Admissions. As a first-generation college student, she works hard to simplify the college admissions process and enjoys helping future Rams connect to their interests. In her free time you can usually find her at a local concert or rolling through town on her single speed.