Step into 2020 with Odd Couples Housing!

A Review of 2019: Let’s look back at what we achieved together!

It has been a busy year at Odd Couples Housing! Throughout 2019. We worked hard to build our team, spread the word about the benefits of intergenerational living, and revamp our technology to better serve you. We’re proud of the ways we’ve changed and grown; but, we’re especially proud that we helped dozens of people find their roommate match and save on housing costs! In our first newsletter, we want to share what we’ve been up to and celebrate our first full year of operation! We can’t wait to introduce you to several successful matches and update you on our new website. Whether you’ve already created your free profile, or are just curious about Odd Couples Housing, we hope you enjoy learning a little more about us!

Say ‘Hello’ to the New

We started the new year by launching a brand new website! Highlights include an improved personality matching survey, a detailed explanation of the matching process, enhanced profile features and a blog.

Our new site puts you in the driver’s seat! With your updated profile, you have more options to share what you’re looking for in a housemate and can easily review compatibility scores. You’ll also receive notifications every time someone requests you, so you’ll never miss an opportunity to meet your match! Click here to read more about what’s new!

Did you create your Odd Couples Housing Profile before January 13th?

When we launched the new website, we were not able to bring user profiles from our old site into our new system. If you created your Odd Couples Housing account before Jan. 13, 2020, you are NOT currently registered in our new system. Click here to sign up and start your roommate search!

Find Your Perfect Housemate

Home Seekers: After you sign up, remember to send requests to Homeowners that you’re interested in. Once you submit your requests, the Homeowner will be notified that you’d like to connect! 

Homeowners: Seekers will be sending you requests to meet through your Odd Couples Housing account. Remember to log into your online portal regularly to monitor your requests. Approve the requests that you like to connect with the Seeker!


Real Stories from Satisfied Odd Couples Housing Matches

Over the past year, we were featured in more than 15 different media outlets! Take a look at some of the stories featuring Odd Couples Housing to learn more about us and meet a few of our matches.


In addition to the media coverage we received this year, we were also delighted to share information about Odd Couples Housing at numerous events: community meetings, universities, churches, synagogues and workshops. We particularly enjoyed our time at SIUE’s Cougar Fest and the Mosaic Project University Partners meeting. Thank you to everyone who hosted us!

Catch us on February 29th at Logan University’s Future Leopards Weekend or in May for the NAFSA 2020 conference!

We love hearing from you–please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Our staff is here to support you.

Follow us on Social media @oddcoupleshousing.

Debunking The Generation Gap

Baby Boomers, you’ve probably heard a lot about the millennials. And millennials, I’m sure you’ve heard a thing or two about the Silent Generation. So, where did these generational delineations come from, and what about the stereotypes that accompany them?

The Generation Gap is defined as “differences of outlook or opinion between people of different generations.” It’s often used to explain perceived differentiation between people of varying ages and feeds some of the generalities made about the behaviors of people in different generations. It could help explain why you may get some skeptical looks when you bring up intergenerational living to your friends or family members! 

Take a look at the chart below to see where generations are commonly divided:

It’s easy to make assumptions about people based on when they were born. But, does our age define our opinions, talents, interests, and motivations? A study from the Cambridge University Press on intergenerational differences in the workplace says, not so much. In their words, “there is little solid empirical evidence supporting generationally based differences and almost no theory behind why such differences should even exist.” Simply put, you might have more in common with a differently-aged roommate than you think! 

Take technology use–this is a classic example of something that is often seen as a dividing force between generations. Millennials and Gen X-ers have a reputation for being too tech-dependent while Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation are seen as being out of touch with technological advances. However, a recent study from the Pew Research Center showed that that older generations are adopting technology at high rates. Nearly 70% of Baby Boomers have a smartphone! And just as interesting, while the rates of social media use have stayed steady for Millennials in the past several years, they have grown by at least 10% for both Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation. 

All this to say, the generation gap might not be so very big after all! If you’re thinking about ways to make connections with people of different age groups, intergenerational living could be a good fit for you. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get to know someone of different ages, debunk myths, learn a new perspective, and share what you know with another person!