Roommates. Hate them or love them, you sometimes have to live with one…or two, or a whole bunch of them.
Maybe you are in college and it’s the only option. You move to a big town in search of a new career and finances get tight. You could even have an extra room in your house and want someone to live there (and bring in some extra income).
Today we delve into how to find that perfect roommate.
In the spirit of sharing, we leave no one behind here at the Casual Capitalist. So, if you are in enjoying your golden years and need to find a roommate. We’ve got you covered.
Let’s back up a bit.
You do know by know that loneliness is bad for your health.
Don’t take my word for it. A brief Google search should reveal why. Let me make it quick for you:
Now, am not saying that a roommate will solve all your loneliness problems. You could live with a roommate and still be lonely. But – at least with a roommate, you have someone to help you out and share with.
“Even people who are entirely strange and indifferent to one another will exchange confidences if they live together for a while, and a certain intimacy is bound to develop.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Elective Affinities
Alright, so what are some other benefits of living with a roommate?
And the list goes on.
And of course, there are disadvantages:
And that list also goes on as well.
The secret is to find a roommate whose lifestyle meshes with yours. That’s no mean feat.
That doesn’t mean it’s impossible. You need to know what makes a good roommate (which we delve into next), and your personal boundaries.
So who or what makes the coolest roommates?
“The thing is, it’s really hard to be roommates with people if your suitcases are much better than theirs – if yours are really good ones and theirs aren’t. You think if they’re intelligent and all, the other person, and have a good sense of humor, that they don’t give a damn whose suitcases are better, but they do.”
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
A person with good communication skills. Living with a roommate challenges you. Find a roommate, you can talk openly and respectfully.
A friend of your friends. These are already vouched for. As long as your friend is someone you trust. Chances are that you’ll also like the roommate they introduce you to.
An acquaintance. Who do you constantly interact with? Perhaps you meet in a support group, during an activity, or a place of worship. You feel comfortable around them. This makes the good potential roommates.
An adaptable person. Not everything in your roommate journey will go as planned. A good roommate readjusts accordingly.
Clean and well-maintained. The last thing you want is to live with a messy roommate. Compromises exist. But generally, a clean and organized person makes a better roommate.
Reliable. Life throws us curve balls all the time. Finding a roommate you can count on to help navigate those moments makes a huge difference.
Non-judgy. We all have our quirks. Your room or house should be a safe place for your emotional needs. Not to mention your stuff.
At this point, you already have an idea of potential roommates. If not, don’t worry.
The internet is your friend. Fire up that computer or phone, grab pen and paper and let’s find a roommate. Together.
We explore the top places and platforms you can find a good roommate online. And where possible get into the pros and cons.
Facebook tops the list. Don’t limit your search there though. Check out some other social media platforms. Let your friends know that you want to find a roommate.
You have a better chance of landing a good roommate on social media. It’s your friends and their friends. In most cases, they are vouched for.
If you don’t have the time to scroll through social media reviewing potential roommates. Roomster.com can help out. The platform does this by searching its large database of potential matches and narrowing down the search for you.
Roomster covers the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom. While you need to sign up, you can still search profiles and preview the results without an account.
A “Basic Account” on Roomster is free and allows you to create a profile, search, post and contact members.
The “Full Membership” or subscription account goes further. You get access to a secure private mailbox. The rates start at $5.95 for a three-day trial subscription, $14.95 for two weeks, and $29.95 for four weeks.
The signup process is easy. Fill out an online form with your basic information. Specify whether you need a room or have one to rent out. That’s it.
You can cancel your membership at any time if you find a roommate.
Roommates.com allows you to create a profile for free and find that perfect roommate. To read messages from other users, you have to pay for a full account. You can buy a three-day trial for $5.99, a 30-day account for $19.99 or a 60-day account for $29.99.
A paid account doesn’t guarantee that you can send messages back and forth with potential roommates. They too need paid accounts to read your messages.
EasyRoommate.com bills itself as the #1 roommate website in the US.
It also covers 19 other countries and is available in at least 12 languages.
Additionally, EasyRoommate offers a service to landlords to get tenant leads based on site traffic.
Easy Roommate Membership
You can search and preview search results without an account. If you wish to go deeper, the platform offers two types of memberships: “Basic” and “Premium”
A Basic membership allows you to add a profile, browse matches and exchange emails with Premium members.
A Premium membership or “subscription” gives you access to phone numbers of potential roommates who have chosen to display it.
Sign up is easy — as the name suggests 🙂 Complete an online form with your basic information and whether you need a room or have one you want to share.
The basic price for people looking for a room are $9.99 for five days, $14.99 for 10 days, $19.99 for 30 days, and $29.99 for 45 days.
You can deactivate membership at any time if you find a roommate. If luck isn’t on your side and can’t find a roommate within 30 days, EasyRoommate.com offers an additional 30-day subscription at no charge.
Roomi is a peer-to-peer shared housing marketplace. It makes it easy to find a roommate and rent out rooms. All site listings get vetted before they go live to weed out scams and save you the hassle.
It’s free to create an account, post a listing, search the site and message users. You can also opt for the paid option that starts at $2.99 for three days or $9.99 for 10 days at the top of the search.
RoomieMatch.Com employs actual humans that help weed out scams, bots and unwanted spam. It’s the best-curated platform to find a roommate.
It saves you time and the hassle of vetting each potential listing.
A free profile allows other users seeking a roommate to contact you. The premium account that costs $19.95 for a year of use takes your search to a deeper level.
Hopefully, you don’t need a year to find a roommate.
As the world’s largest online classified section, Craigslist simply had to make the list. There’s one caveat though, to find a roommate, dig deep and do your due diligence.
There are lots of scams on Craigslist. Tread carefully and employ the help of friends when you need to meet and vet potential roommates.
Padmapper is free. It comes with an easy map-based interface that makes it easy to find a roommate or an apartment in a particular neighborhood.
Here is a list of other places that can help you land that perfect roommate:
According to population estimates, there are more than 74.9 million Baby Boomers (ages 51-69) in the US. They make up a significant group with specific housing requirements. Boomers aren’t always looking for roommates. Sometimes they are empty nesters looking to fill a room in their homes (and bring in some extra cash).
House sharing is perfect for boomers. It reduces the costs, provides companionships and care and reduces the chance of loneliness in the senior generation.
We’ve explored the sharing economy for baby boomers in the past:
Now we’ll explore ways and platforms through which the Digital Boomer can find a roommate or a housemate!
For baby boomers, having a roommate saves money. It can also bring in some extra cash for retirement.
Check out some platforms the digital boomer can use to find a roommate, house or simply companionship.
Let’s wrap this up with some tips to find that perfect roommate:
Finding a good roommate is no easy task. You have to do your due diligence. You also need to compromise where necessary. Draw up those lines before you start your search. Ultimately, a great roommate can alter your life in more ways than one. They help reduce living expenses, save, expand your friend zone and your perspective of the world.
Which other platforms have you used to find a roommate? Please let us know in the comments section below.
Simon Elstad is a freelance staff writer & blog manager. He writes on b2b topics, tech, personal finance, freelancing, gig economy, etc. An essentialist who zeroes in on what really matters. Check him out at SimonElstad.Com on Twitter, & LinkedIn