Here are a few tips to make your search easier and ensure you end up with the perfect flatmate.
1. Make use of handy apps like Whoomies
Whoomies is the most effective way of finding the ideal flatmate. Like Tinder, but for flatmates, it matches you with the people who fit your requirements best. Simply download the app and enter who you are, where you want to live and what kind of person you’re interested in. You can specify in terms of gender, nationality, shared interests, passions, religion – whatever is important to you.
Whoomies will then recommend the best profiles for you to meet, allowing you to start conversations if it’s a match. Once you’ve found someone, you can then start looking for the best place to live on the app’s listed properties.
2. Get vocal on social media
Social media is a great place to find a flatmate. Use your various accounts to shout about the fact that you’re on the lookout for someone in a specific city, ask your friends to share it, and see what comes back. Using your existing networks for recommendations will mean you get personal suggestions.
Not only can you ask around, but there are also plenty of groups you can join on sites like Facebook where you can connect with other people on the lookout.
3. Use your work network
If you’ve already got a job lined up in your new city, use the resources you have available here. Are there other new starters? If so, send a group email or message to your network asking if anyone is looking for a flatmate or knows of anyone.
4. Use specialist sites
Flat-finding sites either allow you to search for flats with existing residents, so you have built-in flatmates, or advertise the fact that you’re looking for someone. With everyone having to fill in bio, you’ll be able to get a gauge on whether someone would be a good fit for you before asking them to meet up.
5. Keep an eye out for social events
In bigger cities like London, there are hundreds of ‘speed dating’ style events where those looking for flatmates can come and meet loads of different people, all looking for flatmates. This is a great way to meet people who you might never have come across, getting to know them better in person and having a real-life conversation before going any further. Follow Whoomies on facebook for their special monthly events, aimed at matching you with your future roommates.
So, what are you waiting for? Download the Whoomies app here, and get looking!