ASU student helps run RentHoop, described as 'Tinder for roommates'

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RentHoop is like Tinder but for roommates. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) RentHoop is like Tinder but for roommates. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Ely Burke, right, created RentHoop to make is easier to find a roommate. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Ely Burke, right, created RentHoop to make is easier to find a roommate. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Annoying roommate habits run the gamut, and the creators of RentHoop have heard it all, from not washing the dishes, to not showering. They hope their recently-launched app will make it easier to find quality people to live with.

"We like to have fun in this house," said Ely Burke at his Tempe home that he shares with several other young men. Burke is a junior at Arizona State University.

From a friendly game of cornhole, to the rigors of video games, to creating their own game called, "Notch," Burke and his roommates lucked out by meeting each other in class. 

"If you say, 'Cody, I'm going to beat you in Madden,' and he says, 'Notch,' I have to do it, and if not I get a line in my eyebrow," Burke said. "So there was a point when I had six lines in my eyebrow." 

But finding friends to live with isn't always so easy. That's why Burke is working with his brother on RentHoop.

"It's simply Tinder for roommates," Burke said. "You'll see their picture, their name, location, and what they're looking for."

The app connects with Facebook and displays mutual friends.

"You can ask your friends, 'Hey, is Ben weird, or is he cool, do you think he'll be fun to live with?'" Burke said.

Swipe left if you're not interested in living with that person; swipe right if you might be.

While Burke admits, like Tinder, this is based on first impressions, he said it's a safer alternative than other methods out there since it's connected to Facebook.

"Even if they're not in school, where they work, what their goals are, what are your pet peeves, that's important to know," Burke said, describing more information displayed on the app. 

They just launched in May, and Burke said they want to market the app to outgoing freshman at ASU dorms. He is even using the app to find a fifth roommate. What is looking for? 

"You've got to be willing to notch your eyebrow, is number one," Burke said. 

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