Post a Room and Fill it with Awesome Roommates on ROOM8

While ROOM8 does have an ever-expanding selection of professionally managed properties from which users can find rooms and full apartment units to move into, it’s also a great place to post a room that you personally have available for rent.

Listing your room is easy: start in your Profile tab, then tap “Edit” in the top right of the screen. Press the “Post a Room” button at the bottom of the next page, and follow along with the app to note all the specifics of your room. Once you’ve finished listing your room, a new "Room” tab will appear in your profile, where you’ll be able to see how your room appears to other users in the app.

If you need to delete your listing, simply return to the “Edit” option from your Profile and use the “Delete Room/Edit Profile” button at the bottom. Here’s the whole listing process, step by step:

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Need help finding awesome roommates to fill your room?
Use this quick guide to get started.

How to Get in Touch with Roommates on ROOM8

On ROOM8, you’ll find amazing roommates (because we let you filter them based on your own criteria). Once you’ve found some you’re interested in speaking with about becoming roommates, follow these simple steps.

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First, send a message request to the user you’re interested in speaking with. You can say anything, but keep it friendly and tell them a little about yourself and why you think you two could be great roommates.

When you send a message to a user for the first time, they have to approve it before you can continue your conversation. To check the status of your messages, head to the “Chat” tab at the bottom of the app, find the user you messaged, and tap on their name.

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If a user has not accepted your message request, you’ll see a blue “Requested” bar at the bottom of your chat with them. Once they do accept your message, that bar will disappear and you’ll see a messaging box similar to any text messaging app, where you can type your messages to the user.

It can take users a few days to respond sometimes, which is why we recommend reaching out to at least 5 new people each day until you have found a roommate. The more people you message, the greater your chances!

We take the privacy and safety of our users very seriously, and if you feel that a user is acting inappropriately you can use the Flag feature in the top right of their chat window to alert the ROOM8 team about the issue and allow us to investigate further.

How to Find Roommates with ROOM8

ROOM8 makes it easy to find exactly the roommates you’re looking for. Whether you’d like to talk with people who have a room they are trying to fill, or other individuals who want to team up and apartment search with you, you’re just a few taps away.

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In the “Suggestions” tab at the bottom of the app, you’ll find a variety of other ROOM8 users. To adjust your search location, use the Map feature in the top left of the screen and tap the “Apply” button to update your search location.

To filter your search and select who is suggested based on your own criteria, use the Filter in the top right of the screen. If you’re looking for roommates who have a room they are trying to fill, tap the “Room available” option. If you’re looking for roommates to team up with in your apartment search, tap the “User searching for a place” option.

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Once you’ve made all of your selections, tap the “See Results” button at the bottom of the page to see your filtered Suggestions list! These people are all matches for the criteria that you entered in your Filter. To change your Suggestions results, simply update your Filter.

Not sure how to connect with the people in your Suggestions? Read this article.

How to Find Your Next Room or Apartment on ROOM8

ROOM8 has a huge selection of rooms and apartments available from people looking for others to fill a room, and professional property management companies. With just a few taps, you’ll be able to refine your results and browse exactly the options you’re interested in.

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In the “Properties” tab at the bottom of the app, you’ll find a list of properties for your area if you’ve enabled location settings. If you find that the initial properties aren’t in your area, or you’d like to select a new area, simply tap the Map feature in the bottom left of the screen. Here you’ll be able to move and resize your search area. Once you’ve got that set to your liking, tap the “Apply” button to see your updated results!

Once you’ve set your location, refine your search further by using the Filter feature in the top right of the screen. Here you’ll be able to choose properties by things like number of bedrooms, monthly rent, and several lifestyle options.

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Once you’ve made your selections, tap the “See Results” button to see your updated property results! Interested in a place? Use the “Book a Tour” or “Get in Touch” buttons at the bottom of its window to book a tour or contact the landlord/lister.

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10 Rental Agreement-Friendly Apartment Upgrades

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Barred from hanging a picture, putting up a floating shelf, changing or installing a light fixture, or doing some other kind of upgrade to your apartment? We’ve got 10 awesome upgrades that you can do all on your own without alarming your landlord.

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Use Furniture to Divide a Room.
Shelves can be a great way to divide larger spaces and double as extra storage for you and your roommates.

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Ugly or Annoyingly Placed Doors? Remove Them!
Removing swinging doors (cabinet, closet, or otherwise) typically only requires a few common tools, like a hammer and screwdriver. Just make sure to store them and their attachments in a safe place until you plan on moving out.

When removing painted doors, pay extra attention as old paint can chip easily. If it seems like you’ll damage the paint and don’t want to deal with the repercussions, all is not lost: you can cover them up instead!

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No painting? No Problem: Embrace Removable Wallpaper.
Even if you are allowed to paint your apartment’s walls, you might not want to. It’s a time consuming task and can only be reversed with more painting. Luckily, there are hundreds of temporary wallpaper options out there, so you can jazz up your new place without jacking up your repair fees when you move out.

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Need More Light and Don’t Like Lamps? Plug-in Pendants Could be Your Pal.
Granted, you’ll have to be allowed (and have the skills) to drill holes to make use of this hack. But if you can, you’re in luck. All you need is a hook, some screws, a drill, and a plug-in pendant light to install a stylish new light source in any room.

Take extra care when drilling your holes to ensure they are positioned on a stud (a beam running across your ceiling), rather than on drywall (the unsupported surface of the ceiling).

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Adjust Your Temperature…Color Temperature, That is.
In case you didn’t know, lightbulbs come in a variety of color temperature options for almost every kind of common household fixture.

Having a hard time relaxing in your living room at night because of the bright white/blue-ish lighting? Swap the bulbs out to Warm White versions. Need something bright and clear? Look for Daylight or Super Bright colored bulbs.

BONUS: You can save money by swapping out your bulbs, too! Many rental properties still use inefficient incandescent bulbs, which draw far more electricity than their LED or Fluorescent counterparts. Make the switch to lower your monthly electric bill (and carbon footprint).

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Shoddy Shower Head? Better Bathing is a Click Away.
A shower head that’s difficult to adjust or doesn’t provide enough water pressure can be a real bummer for your morning routine. Good thing they’re built to unscrew easily and be swapped out with better ones.

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Not Feeling your Floor? Cover it Up.
Ok, so you’ve probably noticed by now that we like sticky stuff. Can you blame us? It’s easy to remove and even easier to put on, and that goes for vinyl floor tiles, too.

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Adjust Your Knobs*.
Someone very wise once said, “If it can be unscrewed, it can be screwed back on.” Add some flare to your apartment’s cabinets or drawers with some brand new knobs or handles. Screw the old ones back on when you move out — your landlord will never know.

*Think outside the box! This tip goes for door knobs, too.

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Store Your Stuff Inside (and Under) Your Other Stuff.
Can’t mount shelves in your apartment and have a bunch of things that you need out of the way? There are storage opportunities all around you. Pick up some bed risers to elevate your bed and put things under it. Think an ottoman could add to your living room decor? Search for “storage ottomans” instead to kill two birds with one stone.

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Can’t Hang Pictures (or Anything Else)? Think Again.
Two words: Command. Strips. If you didn’t already know, now you do (you can thank us later). They make hooks, too.

We’ve only scratched the surface of all the amazing, non-destructive apartment upgrades you can make without alarming your landlord. In fact, most of these upgrades won’t even leave a trace. But if you have any doubts about what’s allowed in your rental agreement, we always advise you to check with your landlord before making any changes to their property. Once you’re all clear, have fun customizing your space!


Top 5 Tips for Apartment Hunting Success

Winter is almost gone, but apartment search season is just getting started. Between March and September, rental rates tend to increase along with the volume of applicants to rental units. That means finding a room or apartment will be even more competitive than usual.

Sound scary? Don’t worry -- we asked an experienced leasing agent for her top tips for improving your chances at landing an amazing room or apartment, even in a hot market!

  1. Find a Roommate (duh!): If you’re living on your own, one of the easiest ways to improve your chances at finding a great place is by teaming up with roommates. This allows you to increase the energy you put into your housing search and also drastically cuts your monthly rental expenses.

    Download ROOM8 to easily find compatible housemates based on what’s most important to you, like budget, hobbies, and lifestyle. By prioritizing your roommate search before your housing search, you’ll set yourself up for co-living success. ROOM8 also lets you connect directly with landlords and room listers and gives them an opportunity to check your bio and learn more about you.

  2. Be prepared to pay your security deposit: On average, you can expect a security deposit to cover between one and one and a half month’s rent, but you may be able to negotiate with the property owner.

  3. Ask relevant questions: Demonstrate your enthusiasm and responsibility to the property owner by asking them questions regarding things like move-in and move-out fees, potential for extending the lease duration, and which utilities (if any) are included in the cost of rent. If you have pets, also be sure to confirm that they are allowed and if there will be any fees associated with their occupancy.

  4. Do your homework: You can skip a step in the application process by filling out an application to share with the property owner before you contact them or set up a showing. You can search for free forms online (here’s the one you’re most likely to fill out in California).

  5. Check your credit score: Property owners typically ask for a credit report as part of the application process. save yourself some time and get a free one on websites like www.freecreditreport.com before you apply. If you don’t have a lot of credit history or your score isn’t very good, you should also be prepared to offer up a cosigner (like one of your parents).

    You can also use the Mint app to obtain your free credit report -- Mint not only provides you with free credit scores, but also allows you to sync up your existing bank account and credit/debit cards to get a full overview of your spending. It’s super helpful for anyone, but especially if you’re living on your own for the first time and need a little help developing good budgeting habits.

By following these 5 tips you’ll be way ahead of the competition this apartment hunting season. Need some help finding reputable listings for beautiful rooms or apartments? We’ve got you covered in the ROOM8 app, with listings from Bungalow and several other professional property management services, as well as individuals looking to welcome their next great roommate.


Spring Cleaning 2019

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Whether or not it ‘sparks joy’ for you - the time has come. Spring cleaning 2019 is here! It’s time to say goodbye to those jeans you never wear, time to maybe narrow down your collection of striped shirts (really, twelve is probably too many.) Below are some tips we suggest to not just do some spring cleaning as well Marie Kondo-ing! Enjoy!

  1. Clothes

    Marie suggests you lay out every item of clothes you have onto your bed, and one by one see which ones ‘spark joy'.’ The ones you still wear and make you happy get re-folded and put away, but the others that don’t quite make the cut should be bagged up and donated. Make sure to take your time with this step - Marie even suggests ‘thanking’ each item of clothing as you decide to part with it.

  2. Kitchen

    Start by putting everything away in an organized fashion, and try as hard as you can to keep all the tools and food you have visible. This way you know what you already have, and don’t accidentally buy another jar of peanut butter. Once this is complete, give your kitchen a good clean - this includes all your kitchen gadgets, counter surfaces, stove/oven and refrigerator.

  3. Bathroom

    Similar to the kitchen, make sure all your tools are visible (if you have a hair drier, curling iron, cleaning materials, etc.) make sure they are all easy to find. Marie even suggest removing everything from your counter to keep it clean.

  4. Misc.

    Once those three main rooms are done, it is much easier to go through the rest of your belongings. De-cluttering is an amazing stress reliever, and makes your home feel more peaceful.

How to Stand Out on Rental Applications

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OMG, it’s finally happening! You’re one step closer to your new place! The only thing left is to get through the application process, which is super fun! (Said no one, ever.) Thankfully, there are few ways to ensure you stand out on your rental application so you can get started on moving in and the fun parts - like re-decorating!

Fill out an application form like you would fill out a job application. It is the best way for landlords to get a sense of who you are, so include the most relevant information in it whether it be an online application, or one written by hand. Here are some of the basics:

  • Your current job position, salary and contact information for your current employer

  • Rental history and contact information for your former landlords

  • Pets (if any)

  • Move-in date

  • Credit report

  • Background report

  • Renters insurance 

  • Roommates (if any)

  • Cover letter.

Landlords will always be more likely to approve a rental application with references. Ask your former landlord and the current employer to recommend you as a responsible tenant and a good employee with a stable income. If you’re moving out of your parents house for the first time this can be tricky - we suggest asking your employer or a teacher to write a letter of reference.

Good luck!!


I Found a ROOM8, What do I do Now?

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Congrats! You’ve found a roommate and/or a new apartment to call your own! The last step now is to close your account with ROOM8. We’re of course sad to see you go, but we are so pleased that you chose us for your journey. If you have a minute to get in touch with our Customer Happiness Team, we’d love to learn more about your experience and hear your feedback.

To deactivate your account please follow these steps:

  1. Go to My Profile

  2. Select ‘Settings’ (Gear Icon on the top left)

  3. Select ‘Deactivate Account’ - This alerts our team to deactivate your account within the next business day. And don’t worry, we never hold onto any of your personal information.

Yes, You Should Update Your Info Regularly While on ROOM8.

Here’s why:

 
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Why? Because similar to dating apps, ROOM8 relies on you to present yourself as accurately and as fun as possible. Often, setting up an online profile is a tough process. You overthink every choice: which photos make your life look adventurous but also responsible? How do you answer questions in a way that shows you'd be a good roommate? That you’re someone who is trustworthy, dependable, but also witty and fun?

And when you’re done, usually you forget about the profile. Who wants to go through that process again? Literally no one. But there are pros to keep your profile fresh and up to date. Maintaining a fresh profile keeps you active and more visible on ROOM8. You might even capture the attention of someone who might have taken a pass on you the first time around.

So what should you update? At the minimum we suggest updating your photos and your ‘About Me’ section. To do so simply go to your profile and select ‘Edit’ on the top right. From there you can change your profile picture - choose from either your photo library or open your camera to take a brand new photo!

 
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By selecting ‘Edit My Profile’ you can update your hobbies, employer, move in date, neighborhoods, your ‘About Me’ and more! We suggest channeling your most fun and outgoing self - we have quite a few people on the app, make sure you get noticed!

Once you’re all set it’s time to reach out! Much like a dating app, using ROOM8 will give you as much as you put into it.

How to Find and Be a Good Roommate

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We’ve all heard the horror stories… Heck, even Buffy the Vampire Slayer had a tough time finding a roommate in college. But the important thing is she eventually found one (shout out to Willow!) - There are few easy things you can do to both find a good roommate, and more importantly be a good roommate.

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How to Find a Good Roommate

  1. Be open minded and flexible

  2. Ask the important questions up front - and be willing and open to compromise. Here are a few topics we suggest discussing in person to see if you’d be a good fit.

    Why Are You Looking for a New Place?

    What Are Your Biggest Roommate Pet Peeves?

    Pets? Allergies?

    What Is Your Idea of Clean?

    Are We Going to Be A “Labels On EVERYTHING'“ Household? Or Are We Sharing?

    How Often Will We Host Friends? Overnight Guests?

  3. Keep an open flow of communication - we suggest reaching out to at least five people a day to increase your chances of finding a roommate quicker.

How to Be a Good Roommate

  1. Say ‘thank you’

    This may sound like a given, but being appreciative of the person you share your space with can go a long way.

  2. Do your share

    This might also seem like a given, but if you expect your roommate to do all of the cleaning, pay all of the bills, etc. you’ll quickly discover that simply won’t work.

  3. Be mindful of your space

    This includes your belongings - try to keep the common areas clean. Just as important, be aware of the noise you make and how that can affect those around you. While we totally understand that watching re-runs of Buffy is often therapeutic - make sure to keep the volume down and not disturb your roommate’s sleep schedule.

  4. Exercise empathy

    We all experience the occasional blues or a tough day at work. Try to be kind and cut them some slack when needed. If they’re super stressed doing their dishes or leaving a nice note will go a long way. But if being busy is more of a lifestyle and a “hectic week” turns into a reoccurring excuse, this rule no longer applies. 

  5. Respect their space and belongings

    Again, seems like a no brainer. But we cannot stress this enough - treat people how you want to be treated, and don’t mess with people’s stuff!!!

  6. Split costs and responsibilities

    Using tools like Splitwise and Venmo will help keep track of your expenses as well as ensure that the bills are being paid fairly. Set agreements on who does what (and when!) and it should be smooth sailing.

Zero Waste Living

Check out our 4 tips on zero waste living tricks.

1. Shop with reusable containers and bags: Glass jars, metal containers, cloth bags, etc.  

2. Hit the Bulk Aisle: You can buy almost everything in bulk. Flour, cereal, snacks, even coffee.

3. Ditch the disposables: Stop buying anything that lives in a plastic case. Pick up cloth coated in beeswax as a replacement for plastic wrap. Say goodbye to paper towels and start re-using old teeshirts for cleaning.

4. Compost: The foods you didn't eat and went bad you can compost, it might be kind of icky but it helps the environment by sucking carbon out of the air.

Taco Tuesday with ROOM8

We at ROOM8 believe we should live everyday like its Taco Tuesday.

Check out some of our favorite taco recipes below and have a taco night with your roomies!

Pork Verde Tacos cooked in the crock pot and served with a drizzle of amazing jalapeño sauce! 
Author: Jen Nikolaus 
Recipe type: Dinner 
Serves: 15 servings+ 

Ingredients 
Verde Sauce: 
1 onion 
3 stalks celery 
3 cloves garlic 
½ - 1 cup water, (enough to thin down and blend) 1 tsp. chili powder 
½ tsp. ground coriander ½ tsp. cayenne (or less if preferred) ½ tsp. Mexican oregano 1 tsp. cumin 
2 jalapeños, seeded 
1 tsp. salt 
¾ tsp. pepper 2 (4-oz) cans diced green chilies 
2 (7-oz) cans salsa verde (I used Herdez brand) 
5 lb. Smithfield Prime Boneless Center Cut Pork Loin 
Jalapeno Sauce: 
½ cup Greek fat-free plain yogurt ½ cup light mayonnaise 1 clove garlic 
½ bunch of cilantro ¾ Tbsp. vinegar ¾ Tbsp. water, or more if needed to thin down ¼ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. pepper 1-2 jalapeños, seeded 
Juice from ¼ of a lime 

Instructions
In a blender, combine onion, celery, garlic, water, chili powder, coriander, cayenne, oregano, cumin, jalapeños, salt and pepper. Blend until consistency desired (much like a salsa thickness). Fold in 2 cans of green chilies. 
In a pan, heat a bit of oil and brown the pork on all sides. Place in crock pot and pour verde sauce on top of the pork. Cook on LOW for 8-10 hours, or until the pork is tender and shreds easily. 
Take pork out of crock pot and shred. Drain about ½ the liquid from the crock pot and place shredded meat back inside the crock pot. Add in the 2 cans of salsa verde and stir. Let heat through. 
Make jalapeño sauce by blending together the yogurt, mayo, garlic, cilantro, vinegar, water, salt, pepper, jalapeños and lime juice. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. 
When ready to serve, place shredded pork on taco shell and drizzle jalapeño sauce over the top. Also very good with sliced avocado, red onion, cilantro and cotija cheese. Enjoy!

Buffalo Chicken Tacos with Blue Cheese Cilantro Ranch by Carlsbad Cravings

1 Recipe Buffalo Chicken 
4-6 flour taco size tortillas or 6-8 corn tortillas 
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, more or less 
Corn Avocado Topping 
1 cup romaine lettuce, chopped 
Corn from 1 ear of sweet corn 
1 cup Matchstick carrots 
4 sticks sticks celery, chopped 
1 avocado, chopped 
1 tablespoon lime juice 
Blue Cheese Cilantro Ranch 
1/2 cup real mayonnaise 
1/2 cup sour cream (may sub Greek yogurt) 
3 tablespoons Blue cheese crumbles 
1/4 cup packed cilantro leaves and stems 
2 teaspoons dried parsley 
1 teaspoon dried chives 
1/2 teaspoons dried dill 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1/4 teaspoon pepper 
Milk as needed 
Garnish 
Blue cheese crumbles 
lime juice 

Instructions 
Buffalo Chicken: Prepare Buffalo Chicken according to directions. 
Blue Cheese Cilantro Ranch: While your chicken is marinating, add all of the dressing ingredients to your blender and chop then liquefy until smooth, scraping sides down as needed and adding milk as needed to reach desired consistency. Chill until ready to use. 
Corn Avocado Topping: Add all of the corn Avocado Toppings to a large bowl except avocados and toss until evenly combined. Add avocados and gently toss. 
To assemble, melt cheese on tortillas in the microwave or stovetop then top with desired amount of Buffalo Chicken, Corn Avocado Topping and drizzle with Blue Cheese Cilantro Ranch. Garnish with additional blue cheese and lime if desired.

Chicken Ranch Tacos by Dinner at the Zoo

Ingredients 
8 small flour tortillas 
3 cups warm cooked chicken , cut into bite sized pieces 
1 cup diced tomatoes 
1 cup shredded romaine lettuce 
3/4 cup cooked crumbled bacon 
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 
3/4 cup of sour cream 
1-2 tablespoons of ranch powder (start with 1 tablespoon and add more to taste)

Instructions 
Mix together the sour cream and ranch powder, set aside. Alternatively you can use prepared ranch dressing. 
Warm the tortillas. 
Divide the lettuce and tomatoes evenly among the tortillas. Place the chicken on top of each tortilla. 
Divide the bacon and cheese evenly among the tortillas. Drizzle with ranch sauce (or prepared ranch dressing) and serve.

Asian Chicken Tacos with a Mango Slaw by Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Ingredients 
Sriracha Sauce 
Scant 1/2 cup mayo 
2 large limes 
3 teaspoons Sriracha 
1 teaspoon white sugar 
Mango Avocado Slaw 
1 large mango 
2 cups chopped green cabbage 
1 cup chopped cilantro 
1/2 large red onion 
1 cup shredded carrots 
Tacos 
Protein: See Notes 
10-12 mini flour or corn tortillas 
Additional limes and cilantro for serving 
Avocado optional 
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Instructions 
Prepare the Sriracha sauce. 
Zest part of 1 lime to get about 1/2 teaspoon lime zest and then juice 2 limes to get about 3-4 tablespoons lime juice. 
Combine the mayo, lime juice, lime zest, Sriracha, and white sugar in a bowl. Add some salt + pepper to taste. Stir well and then taste (add additional lime or Sriracha to personal preference). 
Prepare the slaw.
Chop a mango and add to a bowl. Chop some green cabbage and then pack 2 cups full of the cabbage. Add to bowl. 
Coarsely chop the cilantro and loosely measure to get 1 cup. Add to bowl. 
Very thinly slice 1/2 a red onion and add. 
Add in the shredded carrots. Mix to combine. 
Toss the cooked protein of choice (see notes) with 2-3 tablespoons of the prepared sauce or until coated. 
To prepare the tacos: top each tortilla with protein of choice, a generous heap of the slaw, and a generous amount of the sauce. Add additional cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice to each taco. Add avocado if desired. 

Recipe Notes 
For the protein use about 3/4ths a pound of what you like best: grilled shrimp or fish would work great. We used a prepared and shredded rotisserie chicken (super quick prep!) and also have tried cutting up the chicken breast into small pieces and cooking it in a skillet with vegetable oil. Alternatively grilled chicken would be delicious. Whatever you like best!

Decorating With Your First Roommate

When I turned 10 years old, I finally got my own room. Having my own space away from my sisters gave me the chance to express myself through organization and posters. When I turned 21, I decided to move out and find a place in San Francisco. Little did I know, EVERYTHING in San Francisco is expensive, so I needed to find a roommate.

Decorating with my current roommate ending up being easier than I thought. We are two very similar girls living very similar lives, but at first, I was nervous to share decorating responsibilities with someone else.

What if she didn’t like my 2014 World Series Champions Giants poster? We both started looking at rooms on Pinterest to figure out what styles we shared and honestly, that was my favorite part. What person doesn’t love spending all day pinning lamps, tapestries and desks on a shared board?

We then took trips to Homegoods, Target, and Bed Bath and Beyond. For some reason, we only ended up with bath mats and a sign that says “Happy Hallowine.” If that doesn’t describe my relationship with my roommate, I don’t know what else would. Finding a roommate with similar interests and personality is key when it comes to decorating. Thankfully, I found the perfect roommate.

Roommate Date Night Ideas

If you find yourself staying at home with your roommates with nothing to do, here are a few things I love to do whenever I get the chance to hang out with my roommates.

Try a new restaurant/cafe 
My roomies and I are all foodies so it’s only natural that we try a new restaurant whenever we can. It’s a great way to experience the many different cuisines that the city has to offer. 

Karaoke 
What’s more fun than singing your hearts out and making a fool out of yourselves? Grab your roommates and a few drinks and you’re set for a very interesting night, to say the least.

Beach 
If you’re more of an outdoors person, opt for a bonfire at Ocean beach and roast some marshmallows. This is a great way to catch up with your roommates after a long week of work/school while enjoying a tasty treat!

Spa night 
Too tired from a long day at work? Have a spa night with your roommates at your favorite spa or stay home and do face masks together if you’re on a budget. 

Movie night 
And if you’re just too lazy to do any of these things, pop some popcorn and have a movie night at home.

ROOM8 + Lugg

Moving sucks, but it doesn't have to.

ROOM8 is pairing up with Lugg to bring users $20 off their services. Lugg specializes in small moves, store delivery, storage moves, junk removal and donations.

Every Lugg comes with 2 strong professional luggers who are vetted for a 5-star experience. They will do the impossible to load, haul and deliver your items safely. There are a variety of trucks available for use to fit your needs.

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 You can schedule your Lugg ahead of time up to 30 days in advance or request on-demand and we’ll arrive in as little as 30 minutes.

See your ROOM8 inbox for details and Happy Moving!

Planning the Perfect Friendsgiving with Your Roommates

With November soon approaching, people everywhere are starting to plan one of the most popular twists on Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving. Here are some ways you and your roommate can throw the best Friendsgiving ever that you and your friends will remember for years!

Plan Ahead 
With so many people throwing parties or dinners for Thanksgiving, it’s hard to have a good turnout if you send out your invitations too late. Also, if you rush your Friendsgiving, you may find yourself in hot water the day off the event if you didn’t plan ahead and didn’t buy enough food for you and your guests!

Have activities planned 
Even though Thanksgiving revolves around the dinner portion, don’t forget to have some activities planned for you and guests, especially if you have invited guests that might not know each other yet. Whether it be Charades or simply putting on a good movie, you should always have something planned so that your guests will constantly be engaged!

Menu Management 
For those who are planning to do a potluck style dinner, remember to keep track of what people bring because no one wants to go to a Friendsgiving with six different types of pie and no gravy! By creating an Excel sheet or utilizing Facebook event tools, you can easily prevent an excess of green beans.

With these tips under your belt, you and your roommate are sure to be prepared to throw a legendary Friendsgiving!

Midterms: ROOM8 Edition

Midterms. Every school has them, but dealing with the stress from them can be a complete nightmare. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to not just surviving midterms with your roommate, but thriving.

Trick number one, do a quick 30 minute yoga session. Put on calming music, focus on your breathing and begin stretching. It doesn't have to be any fancy yogi guru stretching but just focus on clearing your mind. This can alleviate headaches and help you sleep better.

Trick number two, take a break from studying and put on face masks with you and your roommate. You can go further and have a mini spa moment and do each others nails too! This one is great because it helps you relax while clearing your skin when we all know stress is extremely toxic for our pores.

Trick number three, make a game out of studying with your roommate. For example, every time you get a notecard right, you get a candy. Quizzing each other can make it a fun game and turn studying into a more positive and lighthearted situation rather than a stressful mess.

And finally trick number four, when you're really stressed and starting to feel overwhelmed, put everything down and go for a walk outside with your roommate. Fresh air and good company can do wonders for the brain especially during midterms. Not only will this help your body feel rejuvenated but also having lighthearted conversations with your roommate will help your mind focus on what's happening in front of you instead of your long to do list for studying this week.

We hope you've enjoyed some of these helpful tips and tricks for midterms with the help of your roommate! I know we have used all of these and not only did my body and mental health thank me but our roommates and I became closer than ever!

Exercises You Can Do At Home With Your Roommate

Going to the gym can be terrifying, time consuming, or maybe it’s on the other side of campus and your bed is just too comfortable. Whatever your reason is, it shouldn’t deter you from wanting to get active, even if it’s in the comfort of your own room. Working out in your room is not only more convenient, but it can be a great way for you and your roommate to destress, feel good, and most importantly, have fun together! Here are three tips to help you and your roommate start sweating!

Invest in a pack of resistance bands 
Resistance bands are one of the most versatile, inexpensive, and portable pieces of exercise equipment you can find. These bands can be used for solo arm and leg exercises, as well as duo arm and leg exercises. One example is the resistance band chest press. One partner stands behind the other, holding one end of the two bands used in this exercise firmly, ensuring that there is tension in the bands. The other partner bends their elbows at 90 degrees and begins to extend their arms outwards, keeping the core tight.

Yoga mats aren’t just for yoga 
When doing a dorm room workout, space is most likely your biggest concern. Exercises that can be done in a limited area are your best friend. There are countless workouts you and your roommate can try out that only require a yoga mat or a towel (no one is stopping you from simply laying on the ground either, no judgement, it’s your room). One of my personal favorite workouts is when one partner lays down on the mat and raises both their legs 90 degrees so that their body looks like an “L.” The other partner stands behind the other partner’s head and pushes their legs to the floor. The partner laying down will have to raise their legs, without bending them, back to the 90 degree angle. This works out the abdominals, hip flexors, thigh muscles, and back muscles.

Get creative with your weights 
We’re all on a budget, nobody wants to spend their money on weights. Using items you can find in your dining hall, grocery market, or dorm will up your workout game without breaking the bank. For 1-pounders, use bean or soup cans, or dressing. For 2-pounders, use a milk carton, or a bag of rice. For 3-pounders, use bags of fruit. For 4-pounders, use ketchup or a bag of dog food. For 5-pounders, use a bag of flour, or a bag of potatoes. For heavier weights, ranging from 8-10 pounds, use laundry detergent or a gallon of water.