A new app can help college students find roommates
SEATTLE - A huge back to school expense for college students and their parents is housing. If your child is not in the dorms, then he or she is apartment hunting around campus.
We all know rents in the Seattle area are unreachable for many students show how do you find a roommate or two to defer costs while not bringing in a total stranger?
A new app just released called Renthoop is trying to solve the student dilemma.
It allows users to quickly skim through profiles for mutual friends or those with common interests. It connects renters through the mobile app giving a snapshot of a perspective roomie to see if it's a good fit.
In many ways Renthoop is akin to the popular dating app Tinder. The apps creator is a recent college grad and like many millennials he's still living at home. He says the need for the college bound and those just graduating is huge in places like Seattle and other large cities.
24-year-old Paul Burke says the advantage of Renthoop is instead of scrolling through Craigslist for the right roommate, where you have no idea who's behind the post, Renthoop shows the user a snapshot of who is also looking, who they are, how old they are, what school they go to even what their budget range is.
Users then swipe left if you don't want to talk with them, or swipe right if you do. He says it's a much better way to connect with somebody you have something in common with.
The Renthoop app targets college kids who move often and those post grads who landed that first job and maybe moving to a new city where they don't know anybody.
Burke says he's still working out some bugs and says the app is a little slow right now with so many students using it.