SpareRoom.co.uk is the #1 Flatshare site in the UK, according to independent traffic monitoring by Experian Hitwise. We are rated 5 out of 5 stars by our customers on independent review site Trustpilot.
How does SpareRoom work?
SpareRoom helps people looking for a room find people with a room to rent. Watch the video to see how it works.
Meet Andy, who's new in town, and is looking for somewhere affordable to live. Meanwhile, Becky, who'd like to make some extra money by renting out her spare room, needs to find someone suitable. By advertising on SpareRoom and through our safe and secure messaging system, Andy and Becky are able to make contact and end up becoming flatmates. Both of them have saved time, effort and money by advertising on SpareRoom.
Free to use
Unlike some competing services, you can use SpareRoom for free. We offer bold advertising to advertisers who want to rent their room quicker and Early Bird access to those who want a head start contacting the newest ads.
Quality as well as quantity
Being the busiest UK Flatshare website means SpareRoom has the biggest selection of ads. On top of that, we have moderators working 7 days per week approving ads and keeping the quality of our listings as high as possible, as well as keeping out the nasties (such as scammers) that plague most classified ad sites.
Great customer service
We are proud to be UK based and to offer great customer service. During office hours we are always at the end of a phone (0161 768 1162) if you need any help using the website and can be contacted by email 24/7. We're delighted to have been recognised for our exceptional customer service, as well as winning the award for best specialist website, at the recent Landlord & Lettings Awards.
We are always looking for ways to make the flatmate hunting process easier for everyone. Did you know that SpareRoom...
- Created the Speed Flatmating phenomenon
- Was the first site to introduce the Buddy Up concept
- Was first flatshare site to introduce Video Ads
- Are the authors of The Essential Guide to Flatsharing
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More about SpareRoom
SpareRoom was launched in 2004 as a national version of intoLondon.com, the first flatshare site in London. Launched in 1999, intoLondon was inspired by our struggle to find accommodation when we first moved to London. Since then the SpareRoom network has grown from strength to strength and in 2004 launched the much talked about phenomenon of Speed Flatmating - a new way to find flatmates based on the speed dating concept. As well as being the No1 UK flatshare site, SpareRoom became one of the top 10 UK property websites in 2011 according to Hitwise. In August 2011, SpareRoom launched in New York.
*The flatshare websites compared were Spare Room, Easy Roommate UK, IntoLondon.com, FlatmateClick, Roombuddies, moveflat, FlatShare.com, Housepals, Outlet, mondaytofriday.com. In February 2013 SpareRoom was over 4 times busier than the nearest direct competitor, EasyRoommate
What about Gumtree?
Gumtree is a general classifieds site not a specialist flatshare service, so can't be compared to us using Hitwise. Their site as a whole receives more traffic than SpareRoom, however, based on a stat published on Gumtree, their flatshare section receives less traffic than SpareRoom.