Where to find Roommates for New York Rentals beyond Craigslist

Boutique alternatives for roommate hunting.
Roommates Wanted NYC is one of the most sufficient websites that helps to find roommates for New York rentals!
Sharing one of the New York rentals is not an easy thing, and what is why Roommates Wanted NYC provides the opportunity for the future roommates of New York rentals meet in informal atmosphere. Spirits, good music help people to relax and be themselves, they socialize easier, and it helps to find true match for sharing a roof of one of the New York rentals! Roommates Wanted NYC holds about seven meet-ups—usually in bars—each month in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Events are $5 in advance, but if you post an ad on Craigslist publicizing the event (and include a link to your R.S.V.P. comment on Roommates Wanted), you can get in free. According to founders Dene Farrell and Jeff Orlick, attendance depends on the season and location, but about 30 people tend to turn up for each boozy get-together, and the Brooklyn meet-ups in particular get a good turnout.
Bang It Out (bangitout.com)
Young Orthodox New Yorkers looking for a share New York rentals on the Upper West Side need search no further than Jewish humor site Bang It Out. People advertising an opening tends to receive between four or five e-mails almost immediately, according to the site founders, twin brothers Isaac and Seth Galena. "I would honestly say that 90 percent of Orthodox Jews on the Upper West Side use our site," he added. "If you want to live in the observant community on the Upper West Side, this is the only way to do it."
Rainbow Roommates (rainbowroommates.com)
This service, which launched in 1995, helped to the LGBT community to find roommates for their New York rentals, though founder Douglas Leavy notes that everyone is welcome. The site typically runs between 100 and 150 postings at a time, although it depends on the season—spring and summer tend to be busier. Most customers find roommates for New York rentals within two weeks, according to Leavy, but that efficiency is going to cost you—30 days for $65 (there's also a single-day fee for $40). "The cost acts as a filter," Leavy says. The service is also very personalized: Leavy vets the listings himself and e-mails members back with appropriate matches. And if within two months of signing a roommate agreement you realize your situation is not working out, Rainbow Roommates will give you a one-month membership free so you can try again.
Roomie Match (roomiematch.com)
Roomie Match screens all profiles of perspective roommates for New York rentals in its system; employees delete all the "spams, scams or scums," according to co-owner Robin Owsley. And RM doesn't actually post profiles on its site, either—in an effort to maintain subscribers' privacy, your matches are e-mailed straight to you based on your answers to various questions. Customers will receive an e-mail with their potential roommates for New York rentals several times a day. The $19.95 fee is good for one year.
Metro Roommates (metroroommates.com)
People who are going to share their New York rentals for a short period of time should definitely try this website! Short-term offers with quick turnovers abound at Metro Roommates, which is owned by Sublet.com (a domain run by online services company Spyder Web Enterprises). But you can find a few longer stay roommates for New York rentals here, too. (Sublets usually last between one and nine months, but there are some longer-stay roommates for New York rentals as well.) Search the database according to your criteria, then contact other potential roommates for New York rentals directly. Three months' access varies by borough (from $25 for the Bronx to $39.95 for Manhattan), and on a recent browse through the site, we found around 200 postings for pads in Manhattan, 100 for Brooklyn and 40 for the Bronx, all with plenty of photos.
Roommate Happy Hour (roommatehappyhour.com)
John Jourden used to waste a lot of time with too many roommate-matching services: "I signed up for about 20 of them and they were worthless," he says. "I got too many e-mails and went back to Craigslist." Once he connected with people on Craigslist, Jourden would ask them to meet him for a drink, before deciding whether or not to embark on sharing one of the New York rentals with them. "The first week it was me and three other people [getting drinks together], and then me and seven other people, the next week, me and 22 other people." Based on this experience, Jourden launched Roommate Happy Hour in March: Now he organizes weekly get-togethers at eight bars in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. All the venues have agreed to extend happy hours until 8pm, and you can expect drink specials as low as $1.
Roomster (roomster.com)
Roomster encourages members to write lengthy profiles—up to 10,000 words—to increase the chances of a positive roommate match. There's plenty of opportunity for potential roommates of New York rentals to get specific about your interests and your personality, and the site also has its own Facebook app. The free basic service lets you access all of the site's features and section, but you'll be minus the key mailbox tool. Sign up for the Full Membership, which does include the messaging feature, costs $5.95 for three days, $14.95 for two weeks and $29.95 for four weeks.

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