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Roommates4you is an absolutely free service which allows individuals to post an advert about themselves or a room they have to rent, in the hope of finding a harmonious communion. It has just about the easiest and quickest sign up we’ve ever seen because there is no sign up system if you just want to search for rooms or individuals that are available. Nearly all the adverts we looked at contained a photo and some contact details so it’s really simple to get going.
Searching on roommates4you offers a lot of results, potentially because people don’t delete their adverts once they’ve found accommodation or a person to take their room. That said, you can filter out results depending on when they were posted. So, you can include all adverts in your results, or just those posted in the last month, in the last week or in the last 3 days. This means that you can decide how far back in time you’re willing to look. A search in a major US city gave us dozens of pages (hundreds of adverts) to look through, which can be a bit daunting, and although you can skip through pages there are very limited search options available. We would have liked to have been able to use a more advanced search feature to include relevant details such as gender, religion, lifestyle choices and so on. A lack of options here really slows down the searching process, particularly if you make multiple searches and have to go through the same profiles. Another issue is the presentation of search results: your results are presented so that you see 10 adverts on each page, yet pictures are not available to view until you click on an advert. This means that you essentially have to read the heading of every advert to notice if you’ve already seen it or not. A picture on each advert would at least help most people to realise whether or not they have viewed the advert, or whether they might be interested in reading it at all from a first glance (particularly for property/room adverts). When you do access the adverts there is also a distinct lack of information as the site primarily focuses on location and cost, which might not be an issue for some but more information is always a bonus in our books.
Although Roommates4you’s search features and advert quality might not be the best, they do allow members to add their contact details to the advert. This is incredibly useful because it means that people can easily contact you without having to go through a secure service. Bearing this in mind, though, it is wise to create a new email account which is specifically for responses to your advert, to prevent your main email account being overloaded with requests. Some people have included their phone number, too, which may be ill advised given that anyone can access the site. You may also email a user through the roommates4you email-esque message system, though there are no other means to communicate, which can be frustrating if you want a quick response.
Information seems something of a closely guarded secret here, as there is no FAQ to speak of. Its articles and tips on sharing accommodation are good, but disorganised. They just appear to be in a long and random list so there is no way of knowing where articles appropriate to you may be.
For all its shortfalls, Roommates4you is a free service with a large number of adverts. It’s clearly used regularly as searches for adverts in the last 3 days still give you plenty of results. If you’re looking for a free service and you have some time to wade through profiles then this could certainly be a site worth trying out.
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