Uloop: Connecting University Students

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Uloop is a meeting place for college students started in January of 2007 at the University of California Santa Barbara. Uloop “empowers students to buy, sell, promote and trade with their classmates.” With Uloop, students can meet online to exchange textbooks, to find roommates, find cool events, new jobs, or even rides.

Signing up for Uloop is really quick and does require a university email address. The main page separates each of the main categories (e.g. events, for sale, housing) into sub-sections. Lost something? There is a lost and found section. Need tutoring or computer help? That is covered.

Think of Uloop as as Craigslist with a Facebook twist. I really like Uloop, and I do recommend it. It seems to have taken off at some schools, but many others still have 0 users. If you are interested in working for Uloop, they are hiring campus representatives.

Employers and landlords can create Uloop accounts. The jobs and rentals they list are accessible to the students at the local university. Uloop has done a great job bringing together a lot of very useful functionality that I think is lacking in many of the other popular student applications like Facebook.