By Danielle Braff
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Several roommate-finding sites cater to various demographics (like dating apps.) Some target homeowners aiming to rent out a room, others are for those who want older roommates or college housemates.
After a weekend getaway to Pittsburgh years ago, Julia returned to her Chicago apartment to find clothing, liquor bottles and sex toys cluttering her living room.
A giant candle had burned a hole in her carpet, she said, and a naked stranger was sleeping in her bed.
“I told my roommate I was going to take my dog for a walk and would be back in an hour, and during that time, if she could clean up, de-sheet my bed and get rid of the guy, I would greatly appreciate it,” said Julia, then 23, now 36, who lives in a northwestern suburb of Chicago and asked that her last name be withheld for privacy concerns.
According to a December Zillow analysis, 30 percent of unmarried adults between the ages of 23 and 65 are living with others, either roommates or relatives, which is a jump from 21 percent in 2005.
When it comes to young people ages 23 to 29, more than half live in doubled-up households. So the question of who we live with, and how we find them, is perhaps more germane than ever.
Having a bad roommate at some point is almost like a rite of passage. But it may soon be one for the history books.
Not long ago, options for finding a roommate were limited: asking around, scouring Craigslist, seeking out flyers on bulletin boards. But today, there are plenty of websites dedicated to helping renters find roommates, allowing you to create a detailed profile of yourself and essentially “swipe right” when you think you’ve identified a compatible match.