How do I find a ROOMMATE?
Using Georgetown University's roommate search website, find potential roommates across GU campuses. You can filter your search according to roommate preferences, graduation year, university affiliation, etc. While it is helpful to search roommate profiles, it can also be beneficial to create a roommate profile for yourself. This way, others may contact you while they search for a roommate. Simply login with your Georgetown University NetID. If you have not received your NetID yet, not a problem. Make sure to create a guest account, and your access will be granted onto the website shortly after.
Finding the right roommate(s) is as important, and in some ways as challenging, as finding a place to live. Living with others requires an understanding of the financial, legal, and personal matters that may come into play.
Establishing expectations and responsibilities upfront about sharing costs and chores is crucial to having a positive roommate experience. You can make agreements about splitting rent, choosing bedrooms, sharing chores and paying for utilities. It is advisable to put these agreements in writing so that you can refer back to them later.
It's a good idea to have a discussion with all of your roommates before you move in to clarify any concerns and expectations.
Suggestion: Sign a written agreement outlining responsibilities so that everyone has something to refer back to throughout the year (you'd be surprised how easily you'll forget verbal agreements). You may want to include the following:
- Rent: Determine amounts for each person and who will collect checks and pay the landlord.
- Utilities: Determine who is responsible for managing the bills and collecting payments from everyone.
- Ground rules: Such as "always lock the front door," and so forth.
General Roommate Tips
- Some leases might require a Head of Household (HOH). If so, choose one person to be the HOH who will be the main contact for your landlord.
- Determine everyone's share of monthly rent. Decide who will write the rent check to the landlord each month.
- Determine who will be responsible for writing the check for utilities each month.
- Determine who will occupy which bedrooms.
- Set up a schedule for household chores that clearly states who is responsible for cleaning what rooms and areas and how frequently they must do so.
- Decide if overnight guests are allowed and, if so, how often?
- In the event a roommate will study abroad or leave Georgetown, determine how much notice they must give the other roommates before moving out. Also, decide who is responsible for finding a replacement roommate.