Finding a roommate: beyond Craigslist edition
May 23, 2012 5:21 AM Subscribe
Where/how to find a good roommate?
posted by catatethebird to Human Relations (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking for a roommate for July 1st, so I've been posting ads on Craigslist for the last few weeks. I've gotten an okay number of responses, and a lot of scammers, resulting in five people coming to see the place, and one being seriously interested. But.... I haven't really connected with any of the people I've met or emailed, leaving me wondering, isn't there a better way?
All of my friends/family have stable living situations, so someone I know isn't an option. How else can I find a good roommate? Someone who has at least a little in common with me (younger, liberal, artsy/weird, relaxed?)
So I guess I'm asking, are there other sites I can post on, other ways to find potential roommates, any strategies I'm overlooking? I'd prefer not to spend money for an ad. I also don't think trying to meet people/make new friends is a viable suggestion here. I have a little over a month to find someone who can make a committment to move in. What are your brilliant suggestions?
Complicating factor: The house is a mess. My current rommates' clutter is everywhere, and things are arranged in and ugly and impractical way. I try to clean up before I show it to anyone, but my current roommates aren't moving out until June 30th. Which obviously doesn't give me a chance to show the house as it is going to be, without their crap everywhere. I explain that most of the stuff isn't mine, and that it's going to be completely redecorated, but I think the way it looks now is what makes an impression.
This is in Milwaukee if it matters.