Roomster.com Profile

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What It Offers:

Roomster.com, "an advanced housing rental site," helps you find a roommate by searching its large database of potential matches. It also offers apartment hunters the ability to post "apartment wanted" ads, and apartment owners, managers, and others can advertise vacancies.

Where It Covers:

Roomster.com covers the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

What You Can Do Without Signing Up:

You can search profiles and preview the results.

What It Costs:

The "Basic Account," which is free, allows you to create a profile, search, post, and contact all members. You can "hot-list" members who you like and get notice of new messages to your e-mail address.

A "Subscription" or "Full Membership" gives you access to a safe and secure private mailbox. The rates start at $5.95 for a three-day trial subscription, $14.95 for two weeks, and $29.95 for four weeks. All subscriptions are automatically renewed for an additional 30 days at $29.95 to ensure uninterrupted coverage, unless you cancel yours.

How to Sign Up:

Signing up for Roomster.com is quick and easy. You complete an online form that asks for basic information, including whether you need a room or already have one. Enter your e-mail address and create a password, and you're set with a Basic Account. You can upgrade to a Full Membership at any time.

Roomster.com keeps your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address private. You can of course share your contact information with matches through e-mail, if you wish.

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Once You've Found a Roommate:

If you're lucky enough to have found a roommate on Roomster.com, you can cancel your membership at any time.