These days, internet services help to make a lot of activities simpler and quicker. There is a wealth of websites out there to help individuals deal with their housing problems – whether it is finding a new flatmate, finding a room to stay in, or finding a whole house to share with friends.
We have reviewed the best on offer on the UK market to give our readers an idea of what they should be looking out for. This buying guide discusses the main features on offer at these sites, along with the most important things users should take into consideration when deciding which service to use.
What are Flatmate Websites?
Flatmate websites pretty much do what they say on the tin – they help connect people who are looking for a place to live (for a short time or a long time), with landlords and existing tenants who have a room to spare. These websites offer different things depending on what you’re looking to achieve. If you’re looking for a new place to live, you can check out the rooms that are on offer by searching through listings by city, size, location and even property style to find something right for you. If you have a room to spare, creating a listing and finding someone to move in has never been easier. Read on to find out everything you need to know about these great services.
Key Consideration & Features:
If you’ve never used one of these services before, it’s easy to see them as being more complex than they actually are. See below for a list of the most important features we think users should be aware of when they are choosing a UK Flatmate Website.
Pricing, Packages and Subscriptions
As with a number of other online services, such as online dating or gambling (which we also have experience in reviewing), many of the features of these sites are accessible free of charge without the need to subscribe. With this in mind, be sure to check out our individual reviews for each of these sites to see what features are available to free and subscription users respectively. Where a subscription is required, packages are normally time-limited and relatively reasonable – great if you’re looking for a room for just a week or two and don’t need a lengthy annual subscription.
The Bottom Line
As with most online services, the key to getting a great service is choosing a provider that gives you the best possible set of features for your budget. Many services offer a number of features free of charge, so be sure to check whether or not you actually need to subscribe (and make monthly payments) in order to use the features you need. As a more general tip from us, keep in mind that these services are incredibly fast-moving – if you see something you like, be sure to get in touch with the vendor ASAP.