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Roommate Resources

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Living with a roommate not only lowers housing costs, but it is also a great opportunity to form lasting relationships. While it can be challenging at times, living with a roommate can be a rewarding experience. Check out the resources below to help you find roommates and prepare for a successful roommate experience.

Roommates and Boston Zoning Code

It is a violation of the Boston Zoning Code for five or more full-time undergraduate college students to share an apartment in Boston.
For more information, please see these resources:

  • Boston Rental Housing Center
  • Boston Rental Housing Center Phone: 617.635.4200
  • Boston Rental Housing Center Email: rentalhousing@boston.gov (Please include your daytime phone number)

Finding a Roommate

If you are new to UMass Boston or the Boston area, there is a chance you will be looking for potential roommates.  The Office of Student Housing can help you find roommates through our Roommate Matching Program, which if offered prior to the start of each semester.

Students can connect with roommates on our Roommate and Housing Facebook Page or the Roommate Matching Program.

The Roommate Matching Program for Fall 2016 is currently open.  Please see below for instructions.

Students should follow the steps below to set up your account and connect with potential roommates:

  1. Login to the Roommate Matching Program website using your University username and password
  2. Create your roommate profile and select the semester you are looking for a roommate
  3. Connect with your roommate matches
  4. Decide on roommates
  5. You are NOT required to find roommates through the matching program. You may room with fellow students or other friends that you meet elsewhere as well.
  6. Create and sign a Roommate Agreement 

Roommate Agreements

Roommate conflicts are not uncommon. A Roommate Agreement is a document created by roommates containing the expectations and responsibilities that all roommates agree upon and sign. This document can help set expectations early, prevent problems later, and be useful when mediating conflict. See a Roommate Agreement here:

Renting an apartment and living with roommates often means negotiating with your roommates on what is fair for the cost of rent per room, how to host guests fairly, and keeping track of money owed for utilities and other household items. Splitwise.com is an excellent resource for determining what is fair. We recommend you check out the “Fairness Calculators”!

Roommate Mediation

If you have tried to solve the problem on your own and have been unsuccessful, you can set up a roommate mediation session with the Office of Student Housing. We will schedule a time when you and your roommates can some in and discuss the problem. You can set up a roommate mediation meeting by sending an email to our office at osh@umb.edu. Please include a brief description of the problem as well as times you and your roommates are available to come in to discuss your situation.


Office of Student Housing

Campus Center, 2nd Floor
Suite 2300
Telephone: 617.287.6011
Fax: 617.287.7978
osh@umb.edu

Office Hours:
Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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