I’m moving to Tallahassee for school next semester and don’t know anyone yet. How can I find a roommate for apartments near TCC?

First of all, welcome to Tallahassee! This vibrant capitol of the Sunshine State is a wonderful place to continue your education at Tallahassee Community College. Although this city has no shortage of outdoor activities, higher-learning institutions, cultural opportunities and nightlife options, moving to a new place can be daunting. It is especially hard when you do not know anyone and need to find a roommate to help split the bills! However, many apartments near TCC offer roommate matching services for people in your exact situation.

Roommate matching at TCC off campus housing is typically a free service. While many people love the idea of sharing their home with a close friend or relative, this is not always an option for everyone. Roommate matching can be found in a wide variety of apartments, ranging from two bedrooms all the way up to four bedrooms or more. This service involves a survey that you will fill out once you sign your lease. To make sure you are matched with someone who is compatible with your lifestyle, you need to be as honest as possible on the questionnaire. Some of the questions may include information on your study habits, sleep schedule and if you have a job. Will your roommate also be attending Tallahassee Community College or will they attend another school or work full time? These are all important questions to ask when trying to match your schedule with someone else's. Cleaning habits as well as smoking preferences of your potential roommate may also be factors to consider when searching for the perfect person to live with.

Probably the biggest benefit of searching for apartments near TCC with a roommate matching service is that it is a legitimate way to find someone to share half of your living expenses with. Posting flyers or reaching out via an online portal, such as Craigslist, can be very time consuming. Plus, you will have no idea what types of people you will be meeting from using those methods! At least with roommate matching, these potential roommates have to fill out the same exact survey as you, so you get a better sense of who you are moving in with.

When your TCC apartments match you with the perfect roommate, keep in mind other household responsibilities besides paying the rent. In general, most people living together agree that each person is responsible for his or her own room. If your apartment has a washer and dryer, it may be important to discuss the laundry schedule of everyone in the household. Keeping the communal areas clean is another thing to think about when chatting with your roommate. Even if you and your roommate have different lifestyles and personalities, having a clear line of communication will help you make the best of your living situation. Discuss and conflicts or issues as soon as they arise and be very clear about your expectations from the very beginning. This will save you from a lot of headaches in the future. Once you make sure that everyone is on the same page, your roommate matching experience in Tallahassee can be a very valuable and positive one!

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