Learn How to Find a Roommate
What you and your home have to offer
It’s a good idea to brainstorm about what you can offer a potential roommate before you write an ad. This can help you more easily write the ad text and attach photographs that will attract quality roommates.
- Some examples of what you might offer are: convenient location, your great personality, pets, cheap rent.
- Write out a list of what you have to offer so that you can easily draw upon it when you write your ad.
What you are looking for in a roommate
You’ll also want to consider what you are looking for in a roommate before you compose your ad. This will help ensure that you thoroughly address every contingency that may happen with a roommate.
- A roommate’s habits can significantly affect you and your home. Make sure to think about factors such as personality and habits such as cleanliness.
- If you’ve ever had a roommate, think about what you liked and disliked about them. You can use this information to help direct you as you formulate a list of what you are seeking in a roommate.
- Create a list of what you are looking for in a roommate so that you can easily draw upon it when you write your ad.
Where to place your ad
Where you place a roommate ad can determine the type of roommate you attract. Considering where to place the ad can not only help you find the place best to advertise but also help the best roommate find you.
- You can advertise for roommates in different locations including online, in the newspaper, on public bulletin boards, or having someone you know make an announcement.
- Reading ads for roommates in different sources can give you a sense of the clientele and types of people each publication offers. Perusing ads can also help you write the best text for your needs.
The location of the house or apartment
One of the most important items potential roommates look for in an ad is the apartment or house location. This can help weed out potential roommates who may not like the location or cannot afford it.
- Include basic information about the location such as if it is a house, an apartment building, and how many people live there.
- If you want to protect your privacy, only include the apartment building name, not your unit number. Inform readers of the type of building, the location, and the neighborhood. With a house, you can include the street.
- Ask potential roommates to email or call you for an interview and the house or building’s specific location.
You want to compose an ad that will appeal to type of roommate you are seeking. Coining a catchy and engaging headline can direct and hook potential roommates.
- Keep your headline short and to the point. Remember, this is just to draw in potential roommates.
- For example, if you are looking for a roommate who attends a nearby college or university, you could use the headline, "Roommate Wanted to Share Great Apartment Near Campus!"
- If you have pets, you could write "Cat lover seeking cat lover to share great apartment and kitty cuddles."