SpeedRoommating. Such a good idea, right?! It’s really popular among New Yorkers but if you haven’t been before, and don’t know what to expect, rocking up to one of Brooklyn or Manhattan’s coolest hangouts on your own might be a bit daunting. That’s why we’re here with a lowdown so you know exactly what to expect once you’ve signed up!
Where and when is it?
The events are free and run every Wednesday from 7pm until 9pm. Each week you’ll either find us at Fada in Brooklyn or in Revival in Manhattan – we alternate each week. Here’s the schedule so you know where to find us for the next month.
What happens when I arrive?
When you arrive you’ll see the SpeedRoommating check-in desk, where you’ll be greeted by our lovely hosts David and Heloise. There’s normally a small line of people signing in so you’ll soon spot us!
When you get to the desk, you’ll need to sign in and collect your name badge.
If you’re looking for a room, you’ll be given a pink sticker to fill in with your name, where you want to live and your rent budget. If you have a room, you’ll get a white sticker to complete with your name, your location and what rent you charge. Once you’re done you place your sticker on your jacket and you’re ready to SpeedRoommate!
Oh and there’s one other thing – often at the events there are more people looking for rooms than there are people who have rooms (of course there are, we’re in New York City!) so you can also collect a ‘Buddy Up’ sticker.
Everyone wearing a ‘Buddy Up’ is willing to team up with other people looking for rooms, perhaps with a similar budget or location, to find a whole property together. So if you don’t find someone with a room, chances are you’ll meet some likeminded people who are looking for rooms, just like you.
Once they’ve got their sticker, most people head to the bar to order a drink before mingling and working the room.
When you meet people, you’ll discuss the apartment, the location and the room – you can even share your respective ads on your mobile or tablet. Don’t forget to talk about yourselves too – your working hours, hobbies, likes and dislikes any house rules etc. It’s best to share as much info at this stage to avoid wasting time when viewing the apartment later.
If you meet a potential roommate
If you find someone you click with and their preferences match yours, the next step is to arrange a viewing; book a time and go from there.
If you don’t find anyone suitable on the night keep checking SpareRoom – new ads are posted all the time – and, of course, sign up to our next event.
How many people will be there?
There are usually between 40 and 50 people at each event. There tend to be more people looking for rooms than offering, which is why the Buddy Up option is popular.
Why does SpareRoom run these events?
It’s not always easy to get to know someone properly online or in a quick room viewing. Having a casual chat with someone in a bar is a far more natural way to get to know them and find out if you’re going to get along. It’s also far less intimidating than going into a stranger’s home.
At SpeedRoommating you can spend 20 seconds or 20 minutes with someone – that way you’re not wasting your time chatting to people you don’t want to live with.
Even if you’ve already found someone on SpareRoom, or another site, you can always suggest meeting at SpeedRoommating. It’s a safe, relaxed environment and you don’t have to give out your mobile number or email if you don’t want to.
So what are you waiting for? Sign up to our next free event now!