A growing number of students are reaching out to agencies that help them connect to potential college dorm mates.

Gone are the times when a new student arrived at a university to find a total stranger for a roommate. The New York Times reports of several American universities partnering with roommate matching agencies to help new students find compatible mates to live with. While earlier, universities would take upon themselves to pair students, they now contract this work to companies such as RoomBug, Lifetopia and URoomSurf. These sites typically match and connect potential roommates based on a questionnaire sent out to students covering their study habits, interests, sexual orientation and the like, thus helping colleges reduce mismatches and requests for new roommates.

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