person with whom one shares a living facility

A roommate is a person who shares a room, apartment (British flat) or house with others.[1] A housemate (mainly British) is someone who shares a house with others.[2] For students living on a university campus, having at least one roommate is a traditional arrangement. Most college and university dormitories are designed for two roommates.[3] There is a new trend among college students to request a room to themselves.[3] Many colleges and universities are very willing to give what is called a 'super single' to one student who wants privacy.[3]


The reason many get one or more roommates is to save money. As rents keep increasing, they are sometimes going up faster than wages in an area.[4]


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  2. "housemate". Oxford Dictionaries. Retrieved 3 January 2016.[permanent dead link]
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 David R. Wheeler (11 February 2014). "The End of the College Roommate?". The Atlantic. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  4. Les Christie (5 November 2014). "The latest trend in housing? Roommates". CNN Money. Retrieved 3 January 2016.