A lot of people have e-mailed me about how to find roommates. When I first started years ago, I used roommates.com as my sole medium to land my first several roommates. Since then, I’ve listed roommate advertisements on all possible sites. This is because I’ve developed confidence in my screening process to find reliable roommates and most importantly, to weed out the scammers.
I feel that for anyone starting out, roommates.com is a good place to start because
- You have the ability to prescreen roommates based on their profile. If they seem like a fit, you can send them an e-mail introducing yourself and take it from there.
- It has a relatively large network value, meaning there’s a large user base such that you’ll find a roommate. I live in a suburban area and have had luck with the service. So if you live in an urban area, you’re likely to have more responses than me.
Roommates.com is a pay site, but it is free to sign-up and to browse profiles. You only have to pay for a subscription of either: 3 days, 30 days or 60 days if you want to READ messages in your inbox or to view their comments section of their profile. I wrote a detailed post on how to get started with roommates.com here.
With roommates.com being a pay for site, it doesn’t mean it’s not susceptible to scammers. In fact, I think there are scammers anywhere on the internet where money can exchange hands. For information on weeding out scammers, read this post here.