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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Housing fix: Pairing graduate students with retirees

Housing fix: Pairing graduate students with retirees: Finding housing was one of the first challenges Alyssa Mathiowetz faced as a new graduate student at UC Berkeley. She landed a room in a shared house near campus, but it came with a steep price tag: $1,500 a month.

“It’s definitely on the expensive side,” said the PhD student in metabolic biology.

Mathiowetz’s rent could soon decrease, however, thanks to a new homesharing program that matches graduate students looking for housing with retirees who have extra space in their homes. Its organizers hope the program will prove successful enough to export to other UC campuses.