Finding a roommate on Craigslist—or more specifically, finding a good roommate on Craigslist—is a mix of common sense and luck. If you didn’t know someone, or know someone who knew someone, who was looking for a roommate, there weren’t a ton of other avenues you could take other than playing Craigslist roulette and hoping you ended up with a decent match. Today, there are plenty of ways you can find a roommate, but Craigslist DC persists as a go-to because it’s free, easy, and surprisingly uncomplicated. Here are 8 types of Roommates you’ll meet on Craigslist DC.
1. The Affable Big Ten Bro
This guy will (obviously) have graduated from a Big Ten school (now including Maryland!), a fact easily discernible from his choice of T-shirt and basketball shorts when you come home to find him chilling on the couch after taking the Silver Line home from his gig in Tysons Corner (or nursing a hangover from a night out on U St). His friendliness will disappear quickly when his team drops a game to North-western. It is best to disappear during these times.
2. The Absent Overachiever on Craigslist DC
He will be the CEO of some start up, or the communications director of some NGO, or on some leadership council and will literally never be around the house, what with all the entrepreneurial conferences hosted by Jeff Bezos or Clinton Global Initiative Summits to present at. The few times they ARE around the apartment will just make you feel increasingly inadequate, luckily, they’ll be moving out as soon as they can afford it. Which is going to be really soon.
3. The Screaming Ideologue
Never met an issue he didn’t want to take a HARD stance on, or an ear he didn’t want to talk off about said stance. There was a shooting in Columbia Heights last night? Get ready for a 45-minute screed about how Obama’s never going to take his guns. Or how Obama should take everyone’s guns. Whatever the stance, rest assured it will be LOUD, and turn your otherwise tranquil Adams Morgan townhouse into an extended, terrible cable news segment. Weirdly, as long as nothing sets him off, this dude is fairly mellow.
4. The Knowledgeable Native
So.. you may have kind of lucked out here. This guy knows which dive bars are worth your time, which music venues you should hit, and all sorts of other valuable insider nuggets (that you could also get reading Thrillist, but whatever, this guy seems cool!). You’re probably living someplace just a bit out of the way like Cleveland Park because he’s kind of over being right Downtown. Everything’s going great but… if this guys from here, why’s he looking for Craigslist roommates? Is he going to murder you? There’s a 3% chance he’s going to murder you.
5. The Crunchy Nomad
Get ready for your apartment to constantly smell of incense! He practices yoga in between bouts of sternly warning you about the evils of Monsanto. Actually, he sometimes does yoga WHILE talking to you about Monsanto. He’s been seven years vegan, but is thinking about trying a raw diet. He hits no fewer than three farmers’ markets per week and really, really wants everyone to compost. He always has weed and is generally easy enough to get along with despite the quirks, but don’t get too attached because he’s probably going to move to Vermont or something in a month. Something about “wanderlust.”
6. The Foreigner with a Much Cooler Backstory Than You
“Oh, you’re a marketing major from New Jersey? That’s cool. I was born in Kenya, moved to Sweden as a kid, and then came to America for college. Oh, by the way, I speak six languages and have been to 37 countries, but I’m sorry, I’m doing all the talking. I believe you were in the middle of telling me that humorous anecdote about the Dave Matthews concert from the summer of 2011?”