Can’t find a roommate? Me neither.


Julie Fleming

Penn State’s incoming freshman Facebook page helps people find their rommates.

Julie Fleming

As if college wasn’t stressful enough with the costs, work and adjustment of being away from friends and family, finding a roommate seems like it’s going to be the death of me.

As people post on the 2021 Penn State University Facebook page, composed of 8,717 incoming students, I occasionally message people that sound like they’d make a good fit. So far about three people have responded out of my 10 tries on messenger, not including the comments I’ve made asking people to message me.

Out of those 8,717, half of them are guys leaving the number to be 4,358. Pretty soon I’m going to post again and hope for the best. I posted around December and two people reached out to me, I found out we weren’t very alike.

In a way, I wish the entire process was random just so I didn’t even have to think about it, but obviously that would be a mess.

When I tried to do the “match-maker” version, Room-surf, which basically asks you every single preference you have that you want out of your college roommate from bed times to race to smoking to hours spent on homework.

Being as indecisive as I am it was a little stressful because my moods change all the time, some days I’m really good at getting my homework done, other day my eyes never leave the screen that keeps asking me if I’m still watching Netflix.

Either way I thought it would be a good thing to do, until I reached the last page that asked me if I wanted to meet my matches, I had to pay $20.00. Are you kidding me? As if I’m not already paying for, oh I don’t know, college. You’re going to charge me for matches, that aren’t even guaranteed roommates that I’d get along with.