Written by Victoria Yang, OPSA Student Host
Before you start looking for a roommate, you need to think about what type of people you want to share a flat with. Do you want a best friend who will go to parties and movies with you? Or someone who is quiet and give you a lot of privacy? Or even someone who is from a totally different culture so that you’re able to gain new experiences and expose to new ideas.
Here are some tips of how to pick a good roommate:
- Whose schedule aligns with yours (e.g. time to go to bed/wake up etc.)
- Will divide the rent/payments with you clearly and fairly.
- Have similar Cleanliness Habits.
- Have shared Interests.
- Always maintaining respect and understanding with each other.
- Have good communication with you.
- Divide household chores (e.g. set up a duty roster).
- Agreeing to basic house rules once you decide to move in together.
Ways to look for a roommate:
- Ask friends around you.
- Search through your social media (e.g. Whatsapp/Wechat groups, Facebook etc).
- A trusted friends Referral.
- Research on reputable websites.
- Search on Off-Campus Accommodation System of Student Residence Office.
Here is a list of websites that might help you with roommate searching (Some of them allow you to rent an apartment and roommates will be allocated to you):
- http://www.gter.net/ (Chinese)
- http://www.gangpiaoquan.com/ (Chinese)
- https://www.irent.hk/ (Chinese)
If you’re looking for a roommate whom you meet for the first time, it is important to get to know each other more before moving in together!
OPSA Student Hosts will continue to introduce to you all sorts of advantages of living in different districts in Hong Kong. Tips and tricks about living in Tsuen Wan, Sha Tin, Sham Shui Po, Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, Fanling, Sheung Shui and Yuen Long are available at OPSA website. Please stay tuned with us!
You are also welcome to contribute your ideas and let us know your needs. Please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts with us by email.
Disclaimer: The above information is for reference only. It does not constitute endorsement by City University of Hong Kong(CityU). CityU has no involvement in or liability for the license agreement between the student and any landlords and/or housing service providers.