When a high school senior gets accepted in to college, he or she typically goes through a series of phases. The initial reaction is shock, then celebration with family and friends, and then something dawns on the college student-to-be.
OMG — I’m going to have to find a roommate…
Roomsurf, the social networking-based roommate matching service for college-bound high school seniors re-launched on January 20. This website has proven to be very popular among students, offering timid future college freshman a portal to make friends, connections, and potential roommates going to the college of their choice.
The successful website has gained over 20,000 subscribers since its re-launch this year, and has helped 175,000 students find compatible roommates from over 1,000 colleges and universities.
Roomsurf has a unique and innovative method to match roommates with the most compatible candidate. Students are asked to take a survey and answer a series of questions after joining the site, which relate to their living habits, what they’d like to see in a roommate, and how they would act with a roommate.
“Roomsurf gives students a platform to self select their future college roommates rather than leaving this important decision to chance” said Dan Thibodeau, Co-Founder of Roomsurf.
“By providing a social matching experience, Roomsurf helps users narrow their roommate search by allowing them to communicate with calculated matches to find the perfect fit.”
Staples High School student, Amanda Piccolino ’12, says that Roomsurf was a safe, easy, and enjoyable experience.
“It’s a straight-forward and non-awkward way to find the perfect roommate. You know everyone’s looking for a roommate on the site, and without talking to each other in person, you can tell if you’re compatible.”
Essentially, Roomsurf has opened a lot of doors, and has certainly benefited the future college student community.