It may be possible for some to live on their own, but for many, whether they wish to or not, you are going to have to hook up with a roommate (or perhaps several). It can be a pretty daunting experience, as you may get lucky and find someone with whom you get along great, but it can also be pretty nightmarish if you wind up living with someone with whom you are completely incompatible. Such is the challenge that Berlin/San Francisco-based startup Room.me is tackling with a marketplace for roommates.
Room.Me is putting their algorithm to work by allowing users to fill out a profile, deciding which questions matter most to them, and then comment on answers, be it their own or those that others have written. They are not revealing figures regarding users at the moment, having just launched a couple of weeks ago, and it appears that the service is pretty limited, as I did not receive any hits when searching for a hypothetical roommate in Chicago or New York. I did receive a solid number of hits for San Francisco and the surrounding area, which brought up a number of profiles that include a photo (of the place or the owner), the monthly price, a description of the apartment, and the location.
Users can set search-parameters based on the type of place they’re seeking (private or shared room or a whole place), their price range, or the length of stay that they are planning. And then the results can be listed by best/worst-matching, time of listing, or the price. One you have actually found a suitable place, the service allows the apartment-seekers to connect with the lister and hopefully create a connection. A couple of aspects that stick out are the fact that they tag the results on Google Maps within the page, so you can zoom into a neighborhood, click on a tag, and then be immediately taken to that result. And then the other appealing aspect of the service is that it is free.