Meet the Odd Couple: Rebecca and Vanessa on Why Roommate Matching Works

Two intergenerational roommates sitting on a patio bench, both smiling

Vanessa (left) and Rebecca (right) were matched through Odd Couples Housing in October 2020, and have stayed close since. 

What do a retired RN and occupational therapy postgraduate have in common? Well, a lot more than you might think! Meet Rebecca and Vanessa, former roommates — and now, friends — who found one another with help from our innovative homesharing platform.

Here, they talk about their overall experience and how the Match Team became their silver bullet in the matching process.

Why did you sign up for Odd Couples Housing?

R: I had four years of experience hosting international high school students. And after COVID-19 hit, they couldn’t come back. A friend of mine tried Odd Couples Housing and had a great experience; She referred me.

V: I’d never been to St. Louis, and was a bit nervous to travel alone! I wanted a safe housing situation with someone who knew the city. I was also interested in the concept of intergenerational living and thought it’d be a fun opportunity to try something new — a homeshare program that assisted with matching roommates was perfect! And, being on a student budget, having lower monthly expenses was very appealing.

Has homesharing impacted your life and, if so, in what way(s)?

R: It has enriched my life. Vanessa and I still keep in touch, and I’m looking forward to her returning for a visit someday! My new roommate, Neera, is very sweet and kind. I’ve had some health issues lately, and she’s always willing to help. Neera is from Nepal; I enjoy learning about her home. Our age difference makes things interesting as we both learn from one another. You can make good friendships through Odd Couples Housing, which is a big plus!

“I could not be happier with my experience with Odd Couples Housing!”

V: I could not be happier with my Odd Couples Housing experience! It was a fabulous fit for me. I had a safe and affordable place to live while keeping my housing costs down. And I made a great friend who helped me fall in love with St. Louis. I’m so happy I made the choice to sign up!

What would you say to someone on the fence about joining?

R: You meet the best prospects through Odd Couples Housing. The matching quiz is instrumental to see who’s a good fit. And you can meet your matches virtually, or the Match Team can arrange a home visit, which is great. I am now in my second homeshare. And I find it reassuring knowing that I have their support if there are any difficulties.

V: Odd Couples Housing is committed to making sure that every match is a success. Rebecca and I met in a Zoom meeting, where we thoroughly discussed our living styles and preferences. The Match Team communicated with both of us throughout my entire stay, which made me feel secure that if any issues came up (which none did!), they’d be there to help.

Many homeowners have spare rooms and wouldn’t mind some extra help around the house. While students and young professionals need affordable places to live. That’s where we come in — we help you find one another!

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