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11 Resources to Find a Roommate Fast

11 Resources to Find a Roommate Fast

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New city? New country? New job? Or new part of town? Whatever the reason, you are in need of a new roommate.

We have compiled a list of the 11 best resources to find a roommate to help with your roommate search.

1. Craigslist

Craigslist is a classified advertisements website used for jobs, housing, items wanted, items for sale and more. It is one of the original ways to find a roommate, so it has to be first on our list. Find a roommate or roommates by posting a listing or browsing the listings already available.


With that said, be careful in your search, look for listings with detailed information about what the person is looking for in a roommate and if something feels wrong, move on.

Cost: Free

2. Padmapper

Padmapper is not specifically a roommate finder, but it is a great way to find available rooms and apartments to rent in your area. The listings feature the spaces, not the people posting them, so it can be hard to know if it is a good roommate match right away. When using this platform to find roommates it will be important to reach out and meet up to see if you’re the right fit for each other.

Cost: Free

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3. RoomieMatch

RoomieMatch is a great roommate finder that filters through the spam to find legitimate roommate seekers. At RoomieMatch, the team goes through the listings and flags or removes scams or bot content. The platform can also act as a matchmaker as you will be sent an email based on your location, price range and other personal interests you have given the platform.

Cost: Free, but paid subscription needed to communicate with matches

4. Roomster

A global roommate finder, Roomster can help you find a roommate by linking you to their social media profiles. Most roommate listings will include a user’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or LinkedIn profiles. Roomster is also great for searching for an open room for rent or a tenant.

This is the platform for you if you like to conduct research on a person before meeting them.

Cost: Free, but paid subscriptions available

5. Diggz

Diggz is a smaller site and has a smaller posting pool as it only serves 18 cities in the U.S. However, the focus with this roommate finder is quality over quantity. Diggz allows you to find a roommate by your personal preferences and search criteria. Including tobacco use, drug use, level of interaction you want with the person, eating habits, cleanliness and more. This is the best way to find a roommate if you have specific habit preferences.

Cost: Free

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6. Roomi

Roomi is the best way to find a roommate if you prefer using an app that has an online dating vibe. Posters have the option to complete a background check, verify their identities and message without sharing a personal email address. Roomi has listings for most major U.S. cities, Canada and India.

Cost: Free, but paid options available

7. is a well-established site to find a roommate and it serves cities nationwide. The search features are also very easy to use. Just choose if you need a room or have a room, enter your city and hit “go.” Once results appear, you can narrow the filter parameters to find a perfect match.

Cost: Free, but paid subscription needed to communicate with matches

8. Facebook

An oldie but goodie, try finding roommates by updating your Facebook status with a request and letting your friends know what you are looking for in a roommate. If you are moving to a new city, tag any friends you have in that city.

Facebook groups are another great option. Try finding one specific to the city you are in or may be moving to.

Cost: Free

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9. Reddit

Reddit is like Craigslist in many ways as you never know what you are going to get, but it is worth the try. Try r/redditroommates first. Many cities also have subreddits dedicated to their housing markets and you can take a chance to see if anyone is looking to find a roommate. Just search for “roommates” in the search bar and the location. You can also add your own thread to find a roommate and wait for responses.

Cost: Free

10. Rainbow Roommates

Rainbow Roommates only serves neighborhoods in New York City and is designed to be a roommate finder specifically for the LGBTQ community. If you meet these criteria and are willing to pay a little more, you can access a high-quality database, which Rainbow Roommates says can often find a roommate in less than two weeks.

Cost: Free to post, but paid subscription needed to search

11. Alumni networks

If you’re a college grad, you may want to take advantage of your school’s alumni network to find potential roommates. Many alumni networks have Facebook groups for alumni living in large cities and mailing lists can offer some leads with roommate requests included. You can always try to send a request for yourself as well.

Cost: Free

Know Your Options

No matter the reason why you are looking to find a roommate, the best way is the way you are comfortable with, whether that is on social media, online or through an app.

By: Alex Heinz

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