Sharing an apartment
When it comes to affordable apartment rentals, nothing beats sharing space with a compatible roommate.
The primary motivation is to save money, but there are many other reasons why it makes sense.
Shared Address streamlines the search with a hassle-free, unique matching process.
Helping those who need a place to live or a roommate…find each other
Whether it’s to find affordable apartment rentals or roommates, determining what you want and what you don’t is an essential first step. With Shared Address, you set your own criteria. Start by choosing your location and rent amount. Then, select preferences for the unit, community, and roommate. Want assigned parking? A non-smoker? Near mass transportation? You decide. Then, we search for a great match. Our match results are displayed in ranked order so you’ll clearly see which are closest to what you want. Best of all, for apartment-seekers, our service is totally free. No credit card is even required.
The advantages of sharing affordable apartment rentals
In addition to saving money, the reasons why so many today are sharing space also include:
- Living in a nicer apartment and community than typically afforded on their own
- The security associated with a more prominent address
- Access to higher-end community amenities
- Splitting the cost of utilities, high-speed internet, TV, etc.
- The comfort and convenience of living with a roommate
Tips on choosing a roommate
An alert comes in from SharedAddress.com telling you that affordable apartment rentals have been found. You review the details and everything seems pretty good. The two of you get together over coffee to meet and talk. After short while, you get a good feeling that this is a roommate with whom you could live. And the two of you begin making arrangements to finalize things.
Before making the formal commitment to share space, each party should hire a company to conduct a roommate background check. This is a prudent step to put each of you at ease.
Assuming nothing unusual comes back from the background check, you should then ask for, and speak with references. Like any other relationship, the more transparency, the better.
When all of the above checks out, it’s time to put in writing the financial terms of your agreement and house rules. Having a firm understanding of how the rent and other expenses will be split is key to creating a harmonious shared living arrangement. Like any other relationship, sometimes it’s the little things can turn into big disagreements if not addressed. Be as specific as possible about both money and personal issues. Both parties should participate, conveying their own thoughts and needs while displaying a level of respect and cooperation.
Once all the particulars are ironed out and both parties sign off on the agreement, it’s time to start living the Shared Address lifestyle!