Sharing a room

Article reviewed: 2013/01/12 | Next review due: 2014/07/31

Room sharing is also an inexpensive solution to accommodation problems. The concept is almost the same, sharing a house or flat with other roommates, however you would also share your bedroom with someone else. This is ideal when you're a couple, but it's a bit harder when you're single, especially regarding issues of intimacy! If you come from a large family and you’re used to sharing your room, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

In this case, most ads offer double beds or two single beds in a room to share with other tenants. There are several websites that will help you in your search, rates vary according to several criteria, Double room or double bed or Single bed; the size of the room; and the amenities available to you.

Roombuddies.com has a good website and there are hundreds of rooms on offer for rent. You are asked to register online and to refine your search by location and price. The site also allows you to find people who are looking for somewhere to share.

It’s a good idea to put a photo of your self on your profile, and a brief description of yourself. When you visit a room, go there with a friend, you can get a second opinion and it will be safer. Also, when you move in make sure you understand all conditions of the lease.

A similar site is Spareroom.co.uk, which offers a wide range of rooms for rent, as advertised by the owners or existing tenants.

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