Mobile Applications in Student Affairs/Higher Education

Student affairs/higher education is continually incorporating new Mobile Applications into the industry. Over the last few years, there has been an increase in amount of students wanting to find their roommate match or find a friend to live with for on-campus housing. These students do not want a “random” roommate and would rather get to know them before moving in. In the past, many colleges and universities would place students with a roommate and that was who they would live with.

At the University that I work at, we allow students to put requests in if they would like to live with another student. Although we do not guarantee the request, we do take the time to review the requests and see what we can do. Recently, we have heard a lot from the students that they are going on different mobile applications to find a roommate. It is no longer them requesting to live with someone that they know from home, but instead someone that they have found on a mobile application.

One of the mobile applications that the students have been using is RoomSync. RoomSync links with Facebook and allows for students to find someone to live with and then they can also see each other’s Facebook pages to see what that person is like. RoomSync searches through Facebook profiles of those that are signed up for the mobile application and provides a list of those that might be compatible with each other. The students are able to reach out to each other through Facebook and also through email.

There is also a way for users of RoomSync to interact with other members. This isn’t just pushing a button and instantly finding a roommate, they are able to interact with each other and see if they share any common interests and kind of get to know each other before requesting each other. Students are able to access this from their computers and also from mobile devices. This allows for the quick, easy, and convenience that college students today are looking for. They are not required to be sitting down at their computer and can find a roommate while on the go.

This is something that has been successful for students because they are able to know who their roommate is going to be before showing up for move-in day. Many students these days do not like the unknown which would be the “random” roommate. This application is a great way to find someone with common interests and start conversations to see if it is something that will work out.—how-it-works.aspx