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

Lifestyle preferences should be taken into account when deciding if a roomie is a good fit. But we also encourage you keep an open mind.

What seems like a great match now may be different as you settle in to your daily routine at college compared to that routine at home. Being prepared to flex and compromise can be a key factor to a successful roommate experience.

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. Manage disagreement 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?

Will your room be the place for Netflix and video games or textbooks and focused studying? Do you prefer to study in your room or somewhere else on campus, like a lounge or 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. Our Housing & Dining Services office has created a roommate agreement guide to help you decide what subjects you should talk over.

Finding and selecting your roommate

Meeting a potential roommate can happen in a variety of ways. Here at CSU, we offer a couple of 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 will help us place you with a compatible roommate if you do not use our roommate-matching app called RoomSync.

Simply fill out the questionnaire, and Housing & Dining Services staff will use the information to match you to a roommate in the same hall who has similar preferences. CSU assigns roommates a few weeks prior to move-in to give you as much time as possible to find a compatible roommate yourself. You can expect your roommate assignment in mid-July for fall assignments and in early January for the spring.

#2: 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 also are looking for a roommate. An invitation to join Roomsync will be emailed to you a few days after you receive your housing assignment.

Other ways to connect

Know someone you want to room with? 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 Schools App to help you make connections before your first day. Please keep in mind that even if you know someone outside of RoomSync, you must request them as a roommate within 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. And be sure to keep up the communication throughout the year.

Setting clear ground rules and preparing for change can help make your time in the residence halls a great experience.

Jill Baylis

Jill was a staff member in the Office of Admissions until 2019 when she moved to Denver. As a first-generation college student, she focused on simplifying the college admissions process and helping future Rams find community on campus.