From the Gainesville Sun
Gainesville roommate-matching service RoomSync has announced that it will take on its biggest client since its 2007 founding.
The client, Campus Apartments, is the country’s oldest privately held student-housing company. It has 32 complexes across the U.S., including five in the Florida cities of Tampa, Orlando and Tallahassee.
“This is really our first big splash” in companies that own multiple complexes, said Robert Castellucci, RoomSync’s president and co-founder.
Castellucci said his company has provided services to Campus Apartments for about three years. But the new partnership, announced last week and made for an undisclosed amount, allows tenants across all of the properties to have access to RoomSync.
With RoomSync, students can choose roommates by providing access to their Facebook pages and additional information about themselves such as how neat they are, when they go to bed, whether they smoke and what type of activities they enjoy.
The service replaces the traditional method of tenants filling out information about themselves that apartment employees use to pick roommates.
“Not enough student housing communities are (allowing tenants to do the matching) right now, and Campus Apartments is on the forefront of understanding … that’s something that students really want,” Castellucci said.
Roommates can “make or break the college experience,” Castellucci said, noting the benefits of allowing the students to pick roommates include increased GPA, fewer dropouts and less blame falling on the apartment community if matches don’t work out.
RoomSync is now available to students in 85 apartment communities and 55 colleges, including the University of Florida.
Located in the Starter Space downtown, the company has five full-time employees and two interns.
One market Castellucci said he soon hopes to break into is companies that might provide housing to employees such as temporary interns.
“It’s the same thing, right? Whether you’re talking on campus or off campus or at a corporate internship program’s housing, they all have the same issues with roommates.”
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