Today, almost everything can be found online, including roommates. In the past, you can post classifieds for roommates in the local newspaper. Today, you can do this for free using only Craigslist. Craigslist is one of the largest online bulletin boards where you can post just about anything. Here’s how.
Narrowing down. When using Craigslist, one of the first things that you need to do is to narrow down your search. When you log on to the website, you will notice that the homepage is composed of countries and major cities in the world. You need to select which country, state, and city you belong in. this will ensure that the posts for roommates that you find are limited to the area where you actually live in. once you have narrowed down the location to your city, you will see the various types categories of postings in Craigslist, such as personal ads, job ads, rental ads, ads for items that are being sold, et cetera.
Housing. Once you have narrowed down the search, you have the option of searching for ads that have already been posted, or adding your own post. If you want to search for existing ads for roommates, check out the Housing tab, where you will find all of the postings made by people looking for roommates. There are several options here – the “Room/Shared” postings and the “Sublets/Temporary” postings. Click on the tabs so that you will be able to view all of the ads. The ads are arranged chronologically. Usually, the older ads are hidden. It is best to check the newest ads, since older ads have usually been answered. Old ads that have not been answered are usually reposted.
Search. If you live in an area where there are many Craigslist users, navigating through the hundreds upon hundreds of posts can be difficult. To help you, you can narrow down the result by using the search function in Craigslist. Do this by using the search bar on the upper left corner of the screen. Type in your keywords, such as “Roommate” and click the button. This will remove all postings under the housing section that does not look for roommates or which does not include the word ‘roommate’ in the posting.
Heading viewing. From the filtered list of ad posts, look at the headings. Usually, only the headings will be displayed. A good post will have a heading that will give sufficient information about the housing option that is being offered and will entice readers to click on the post and read the rest of the advertisement. Sometimes, however, excellent offers are found in bland headings.
Posting. If you already have an apartment or house and you are looking for a roommate, you should post an advertisement on Craigslist. Simply click on the “Post” button on the left panel and follow the instructions. Make sure that you add all of the important contact details and roommate requirements in the ad, and make sure that you leave contact information.
With these steps, you should be able to find a roommate using only the Internet and Craigslist.