Here Are A Set Of Keys! Roommate Hunting Made Easier With New Apps
If you have had a roommate from hell, you might want to try one of these new apps that help you find the “perfect” roommate.
Roommates: This app by ApartmentList, a rental real estate search engine start-up, actually looks at the quest for a roommate like looking for an ideal date. The company took a few pointers from online dating services that sync to the user’s Facebook account to build a profile and pre-screen roommates, reports The Los Angeles Times.
It also allows users to add a monthly budget, preferred neighborhoods and hobbies in order to find compatible roommates. Roommate seekers search through others’ profiles and once they have expressed interest in each other, they’re matched up and connected via chat. The free Roommates iOS and Android app offers profiles in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Boston and Chicago.
Roomster: This one is sort of like applying for college–the app expects roommate seekers to write essays. The Roomster website and its Facebook app suggest users write profiles up to 10,000 words. “Users can find potential roommates by keyword searches, such as personality traits, interests and preferred locations,” reports The Times.
The basic service is free and allows access all the site’s features and sections. There is a fee (starting at $5.95 for three days) required to access its messaging service and connect with a potential roommate.
Crashpad: This is a free website through which users can browse through potential roommate profiles. It offers search tabs to enter criteria such as location, monthly budget and other requirements (pet policy).
Roomsurf: This one targets mainly students looking for on-campus housing. “After logging in with Facebook Connect, users complete a questionnaire to be connected with the most compatible roommates, based on the percentage of similar responses,” reports The Times.
After selecting a match, it lets you send a message to that person via Roomsurf or Facebook. There is a one-time $19.99 fee for students at schools with which it doesn’t have a direct partnership.
Livewith.us: The livewith.us website claims to speed up the vetting and application process for folks using Criagslist to find roommates. But it’s not that user-friendly. “It’s kind of a hassle to copy and paste the same description of yourself into email after email. The livewith.us widget does that for you and quickly sends a profile when you’re viewing a Craigslist listing,” explains The Times.
Ever use an app to find a roommate?