6 Free Ways to Find a Roommate in NYC

Moving to New York City can be overwhelming, especially when you need to find someone to split the rent with. However, finding the perfect roommate is a lot easier with the help of new technology. Here are some of the best ways to find the right roommate for you.


Roommate groups in the past have come to our licensed real estate salesperson Jessica Milton often having met through their school’s message boards or Facebook groups. If you are a student or alumni, this is a great way to find a roommate looking to live in the same area.



Spare Room’s appropriately named platform allows you to search for tenants living with an empty room that they need to fill. This is nice because it gives you an exact rent the roommate needs from you. Many of the ads also include information about the other tenant so you can see if they are  the right fit for you. As an added bonus, Spare Room also lets you search directly for roommates. Profiles for roommates include detailed information, including new household preferences like minimum and maximum age as well as pet and smoking preferences.



Roomi is an extremely user-friendly way to find a roommate in the City. The optimized app has helped connect you to roommates who “get you.” With everything from a secure in-app chat feature to transparent profiles, Roomi has made finding the best roommate for you a lot easier. This is great to use as you get acquainted with the NYC before you sign your own lease.



Symbi is niche to New York City’s rental market, which makes it well-optimized for the area. Symbi streamlines the roommate process by allowing you to rate other users’ profiles based on how well you think you’d fit. When there’s a mutual match, Symbi notifies you directly, so you won’t have to waste your time reaching out to people who aren’t interested.



Diggz is also an NYC-based roommate finding service. The program is simple: browse, like, and chat. Upon signing up, you’ll be able to search from thousands of potential roommates. Luckily, instead of sifting through them yourself, Diggz will put people with similar preferences at the top of your search--making it easy to find the perfect roommate for you. If you mutually “like” each other, you’ll be able to chat them and see if it’s a match!



Traditionally, a lot of people use Craigslist to find a roommate. The site allows anyone to list ads asking for roommates. Its specific search features make it easy to find what you’re looking for.