I’m in the process of updating some illustrations and text in my Better Guide to Finding to Roommates Online. As I do this, I’m looking back on the 16 different roommates who cycled through my house and I thought I write a post detailing the numbers of where I found my roommates.
For those that have subscribed to my e-mail list and downloaded the guide, you should know that I have used the following sources to find roommates.
- Work Place Forums
I started renting out my first room in June of 2006 with a roommate I found on roommates.com. It was my go to source for several years because I didn’t quite trust craigslist and didn’t know about the screening process. So, it’s not surprising to me that 7 of 16 my roommates were folks I found using roommates.com.
After living with roommates I found online, I grew more confident in what I was looking for in a roommate, I started to experiment with Craigslist advertisements in 2010 and posted my first advertisement there, which converted to a roommate. Since then, I’ve had 6 roommates whom I found on Craigslist.
Then in 2014 when I left my job, I started to advertise in the internal workplace forums at my old job(a former colleague posted on my behalf) and secured 3 roommates from there.
So in total the break down where my 16 roommates came from look like this:
- Roommates.com – 7
- Craigslist – 6
- Work Place forums – 3
If I ever need to find a roommate, I’ll advertise on all three fronts to increase my chances of finding reliable roommates, thus trying to avoid unoccupancy. As we all know this can be harmful to anyone trying to “bang on all cylinders” and not let a single room go unoccupied.