Best Way to Find a Roommate Online
Figuring out the best way to find a roommate online is a common problem. While some people can rent with friends or family, others need to find someone they don’t know to help with the bills. This is a scary and intimidating process. The possible problems make anyone hesitant. Will the “roommate” pay on time, be clean, have a stable job, be dangerous? In order to make the roommate finding process easier, companies have developed online, roommate finding services. Three of the most interesting ones are described below.
When visiting roommate.com, a visitor can immediately search for roommates in a city. Prospects are shown by their first name and last name initial. Some profiles have a picture while others do not. In order to contact a potential roommate, an account must be set-up. During the account set-up, screening questions cover pets, smoking, profession, and other information. Once a profile is complete, the site immediately provides matches which can be messaged. Roommates.com provides a secure messaging center and verifies user identities in order to provide a safe and secure experience.
Price: While an account can be set-up for free, a VIP membership is required to access all of the services including Complete Profiles, Full-size Pictures, Full Messaging, and Mobile App. The least expensive membership is for 3 days at $5.99. Although it may be tempting to use a free account, it would be helpful to have access to all the information about a possible roommate to best find a roommate online. As a result, the short term VIP plans are a good option for a tight budget.
A visitor to Roomi can also immediately search for roommates in a city. Prospects are shown by their first name and a profile picture. When a profile is selected, a summary of the prospect is provided. In order to message a potential roommate, an account must be set-up. Roomi adds a step by asking users to add their social media links and complete a background check. Background checks cost $15. Roomi’s platform uses a secure internal messaging system so users don’t have to exchange personal contact information in order to communicate. To improve confidence and security once a roommate is found, Roomi can hold and safely transfer the first month’s rent payment to the lister.
Price: Roomi lets users create a free account but charges $15 for a background check. In addition, users are allowed to boost their posts to the top of the search results page for $12/day or $50/week. Roomi’s app is available on Android and iOS.
Circle is a mobile app based roommate solution that uses Facebook friend groups as a screening tool for roommates. The idea is that living with a friend of a friend is better than a total stranger. As a result, all users must have a Facebook account to sign up and share their locations. In addition, there is a “Tinder-like” swipe interface that allows users to like or dislike other users. Both users must swipe up in order to message one another. The app is only available in iOS.
Price: A circle account is free and includes social media connections, bios with photos, short write-ups, and personality tags to help improve matching.
Additional companies that provide ways to find a roommate online include the following:
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