Please note that Casa Swap has been discontinued and is no longer available. You can read our old review of Casa Swap below, or check out the rest of the US Roommate Websites we've reviewed.
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Casaswap.com is a student-focused roommate and property finder with an eye to the international market. It hosts a range of properties from all over the world and allows you to search for properties or for roommates. If you’re something of a jet-setter then Casaswap may be worth visiting! The potential of an international roommate finder is very appealing and sounds like a great way to save money, as well as a superb way to meet new and interesting people. But there are a few hitches...
Searching for a property requires that you choose the city, price range and dates required (plus a few optional choices such as whether or not a property allows smoking). Finding a roommate is somewhat more of a challenge, though, and requires you to choose preferred age ranges, gender and (for a reason unknown to us) their nationality, education and profession. Although nationality, education and profession might be important to some people they are not always vital factors. However, if you do not choose what you prefer on the search page then you simply get an error report. A much better system would allow you to search for all members looking for rooms in a particular city, and then offer filters such as “education” as optional extras. The current searches make it difficult to find properties and people at all because it’s far too specific.
Building a profile is easy and you can upload photos of up to 2 MB each, which is not great but generally will allow members to upload a passable photo of themselves or a property. Vital information is covered in the sign-up, such as your age, gender and whether or not you are a smoker. Sadly not everyone puts much effort into their profiles and they are frequently without photos or all the information you might want to know. Combined with an incompetent search function, this makes any results somewhat disappointing.
There are a few good features worth looking at, including a cheap flight finder and travel insurance for students (at a very reasonable price). They also offer a finance fund which students can apply for if they are on an exchange program or simply need to go abroad for research. These grants are for 1000 Euros and are given four times a year, but it costs 2 Euros to apply for them.
The FAQ section on Casaswap is not particularly useful, consisting of a very short FAQ and no obvious way to contact the support team. There isn’t much information around the site generally, either, so getting stuck can be a problem.
Overall we found Casaswap.com insufficient in helping us to find roommates or properties in a number of large international destinations. It has a couple of useful extra features, particularly its grant system, but the core service of a database of properties and potential roommates is hindered by a nitpicky search system and a lack of members who have committed to their profiles. It might still be worth checking out if you plan on travelling, particularly if you’re a student, but don’t expect to be overwhelmed by options.
Please note that Casa Swap has now been discontinued.