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Need a Roommate? Find a Roommate... Fast!

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If you need a roommate fast but don't know anyone who would make a good candidate, don't despair. Several websites have sprouted up that can help renters like you achieve your goal.

Use the Web to Find a Roommate Fast

There are two main types of websites you can use to find a good roommate as soon as possible:

  1. Online Roommate-Matching Services

    As the Internet has matured, several websites have sprouted up that offer renters the opportunity to search a large database of potential roommate candidates. If you're relocating to a place where you don't know anyone, or if no one you know needs a roommate, you can use these online services to find the right person for you.

    These roommate-matching sites vary in their look and feel and some offer more bells and whistles than others, but the main concept is the same: you post ads and search listings to find a roommate based on criteria you set. The basic services are usually free, although most of the sites offer a higher-level membership for a small fee.

  2. Roommate Bulletin Boards

    Other websites, like Craigslist, offer bulletin boards or categorized listings from people looking for roommates. Rather than signing up for a service, you simply browse the listings and if a listing looks worthwhile, you get in touch with the person who posted it using the contact information provided.

    To find a roommate on Craigslist, for example, visit www.craigslist.org and select your local area. Then, choose "rooms / shared" under "Housing" and start browsing.

Hey, Not So Fast...

Renters who live alone sometimes choose to add a roommate to save money, following a change in their financial situation, such as a salary freeze or job layoff. Hopefully, your roommate search will go as quickly as possible, but remember that finding the right person takes time. If you don't properly vet roommate candidates or you choose someone with whom you're not compatible, you risk more serious problems down the road.

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