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    Best place to advertise rooms for a house share?

    Happy weekend all,

    Me and my partner have decided to rent our spare rooms out to other people in a house share and are wondering the best places to do this? Our local paper is the Kent & Sussex Courier so we'll be throwing an ad in there, but are there more effective ways of doing this / reaching more of an audience?

    Also what are the general response times like for these ads? Any idea how many applicants we're likely to receive? Guess this'd depend on the area etc. but this is very new to me and not something I've messed around with before.

    Thanks for your help, will rep anyone who gives a useful reply!

    [ALL BEEN SORTED - SEE MY LAST POST!]

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    try ]gumtree.com - 'tis free

    Gumtree's usually quite good, as for the aoount of responses it all depends on asking price ect

    A lot of people put ads up in shops but 've only ever seen the immigrnts reading them or offering them, I wouldn't be to keen on renting my room to a immigrant but thats just me. t's not racist either by the way just my personal preference.

    Edit - Mrtootough beat me with Gumtree

    have u tried [url]spareroom.co.uk?[/url] My friend had success on this site.

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the responses so far, very helpful indeed!

    Have some rep and a beer.jpg

    Assuming someone working local will stay: Speak to your local hospital, university HR dept a lot of professionals want decent shared accomm:).

    Also saves you the hassle of a soap dodging student wrecking the place whilst your away :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    big-boy;2467735

    Assuming someone local will stay: Speak to your local hospital, … Assuming someone local will stay: Speak to your local hospital, university HR dept a lot of professionals want decent shared accomm:).Also saves you the hassle of a soap dodging student wrecking the place whilst your away :thumbsup:



    Thanks, yeah I guess that's what I (and most others thinking of sharing their rooms I'd assume) are afraid of. Oh how I'd like to occupy the spare rooms with pool tables and HDTVs that'd never take advantage of our hospitality, but you know, desperate times 'n' all that... :x:thumbsup:

    Banned

    Personally, it's something I'd never do again. Last time I did it I had trouble getting them out. Can understand though if you got to do it for financial reasons. I found that the house wasn't mine anymore and it didn't feel like home what with them bringing their friends in at all hours etc. But good luck to you.

    Why not ask to put a poster up in workplaces of people you'd like living with you. A relative of mine had a spare room to rent out and she used to go to the local dance college, she therefore put up a notice in that dance college and got a new student staying with her for 3 years, whether local councils or college's would do it for you I'm not sure but worth a try, at least you roughly know what caliber of lodger you might get then!!

    Original Poster

    I was looking through some of my older posts and thought I'd comment on this one. Thanks to all who recommended online room advertisement services - thanks to you and spareroom.co.uk I'm now living with 2 of the nicest, hottest housemates one could ask for.

    Can't recommend it enough. Obviously this kind of thing warrants quite a bit of preperation (so you can catch any potential bad sharers out way in advance) and common sense.

    Someone else put the ad in the paper - what a waste of £40. Spareroom cost absolutely nothing (they get their money from serious room advertisers rather than the odd individual looking for a share once a year) and was met with loads of positive hits.

    BIG UP!
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