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Roommate Resources


Find a Roommate

Please use the Off-Campus Housing & Roommate Database​ to post your roommate profile and search other CU Denver student profiles. The database is only accessible to CU Denver students. You will be required to login using your CU Denver student information.

For any additional questions or concerns please feel free to email commuterservices@ucdenver.edu. Please note the Office of Commuter Services does not endorse any particular roommate and encourages students to read the below resources prior to selecting a roommate.

Discussions to Have Before Moving In Together

There are several discussions that may be helpful for potential roommates to have before commiting to living together. Having these discussions may help cut down on miscommunications and stress after move-in.​ Before looking for a roommate you should consider the pros, cons, and your needs (this is different than wants):
 
Reasons why it may be a good idea to consider a roommate:
  1. Reduced monthly cost of living/rent
  2. Companionship
  3. Increased safety (e.g., someone else is around)
 
It would be important to go through the pros and cons based on your own needs (these are just examples)
 
Questions you should ask yourself when choosing a roommate:
 
  • How well do I get along with others, especially my new potential roommate?
  • What are some of our differences? Similarities?
  • Do we communicate our problems well?
  • Do we have similar lifestyles? (e.g., drinking, cleanliness, quiet time, school, etc.)
  • Do we look at budgeting and financials similarly? (i.e., Can I rely on my roommate to pay their portion of rent?)
 
Tip: Carefully interview and get to know your potential roommate prior to moving in together. Remember: it is okay to say “no” to a potential roommate.
 
Communicating with your roommate:
  • Open and honest communication
  • Talk about an issue right when it happens (do not wait).
  • Post your schedules
  • Discuss expectations prior to moving in (and continuing discussing them as situations arise)
 
Example: is it okay to have others stay overnight?
 
Establish boundaries
 
Example: consider creating a roommate contract that will clearly state agreed upon rules and financial contributions for each person. ​​
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Often times students will choose to live with a roommate while attending the University. The University of Colorado Denver offers a roommate resource for students. This is not a roommate placement service; however it can assist your student in finding a roommate who is also a student at CU Denver. Roommate conflicts are natural and healthy. Part of the college learning experience, may also include learning to live with a roommate. This experience will help your student to learn essential skills like communication and boundary setting. You can help this process by challenging your student to actively work through the issues, instead of avoiding them or looking for easy answers. Changing roommates is often not the best solution, so helping your student seek alternative solutions, will enhance the learning that can come from this experience. ​​

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Even if your student has chosen his or her roommate, and especially if he or she hasn’t, help get them in contact early and often. The more the students communicate BEFORE Move-In, the less like strangers they’ll seem when the day arrives.

  • Important topics to cover during the summer are sleep, study and social habits - are they compatible and, if not, what kind of compromise will be made?
  • Roommates need to know each other’s expectations and limitations regarding personal belongings such as clothing, electronic equipment and use of items in the room while one or the other is away.
  • Roommates need to be clear on the behavior expected of each other’s guests and how to express concerns to each other.
  • Most importantly for now, roommates need to figure out who is bringing what for the room - absolutely nobody wants to move heavy electronic equipment or a piece of furniture only to cart it back home!

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