What people said on the night
"I've got 7 people who want to come and see my flat!"
"I've found people that I like and I think we're all going to live together, after half an hour of meeting!"
"So far we've met about 7 people... lovely, really genuine, knew exactly what they wanted; it was a good experience"
Being new to London and not having a clue where to start in terms of looking for a room to rent, I stumbled across the idea of Speedflatmating at the start of my search on the internet. After expressing my interest, I attended one of the events, held in a lively bar in Tooting, where I met a number of other room seekers and those with rooms available.
It was relaxed and informal and great to chat to prospective landlords on neutral territory, after all it can be a bit like a job interview in someone's home! I was able to quickly determine who I thought I would get along with, as well as matching my budget and location choices - resulting in me finding a match from the evening and a new flat to move into. Overall it was a really smooth and enjoyable process and was fantastic in giving me a wide range of choices- saving me time and money trecking around the city and getting to meet new people all in one go!
...there was something very comfortable about chatting face-to-face that beat the normal flat-hunting conversation by email via internet searches...
The evening was fantastic... everyone at the event was so friendly and willing to talk.
I thought your event worked brilliantly. Location, pricing, event organisation, timing, venue etc were all good... I would definitely attend another one if we are still looking for a flatmate.
An ingenious hybrid of speed dating and that all-important flatmate interview... now there is light at the flat-hunting tunnel.
Yes I found the event well set up and would use it again. I was lucky in that an old friend walked in by coincidence and he took the room but until that happened I had every hope that I'd find someone that night.
Please keep them going!
It was last year July time I think when I came to two or three of your speed flatmating events (Fulham & Westend) and thought they were great. I think I just thought to myself that I had a job to do and I was there to just do it. Then I relaxed into it quickly and I met some lovely people, had fun, shared loads of stories and experiences and kept in contact with some people too. I found it insightful, as there were many things I hadn't considered or thought about when flat sharing and there were other people at the events who were more experienced than I was and it helped me to realise the type of person I really wanted to live with.
I did eventually find a flatmate via my Spareroom ad and we get on so well, I think I was blessed when Julia agreed to move in. I highly recommend speed flatmating to everyone though, its a real talking point, can be a good fun experience and obviously a great idea to see and meet people face to face in a natural neutral environment.
Would do it again...!!
The prospect of hunting for rooms on my weekends off filled me with dread!! The event was a fantastic way of chatting to potential flatmates without there being pressure... I was so pleased I attended the event and as a result have found a place to move in to!
Thanks for a great event yesterday - it was really useful... the atmosphere was very friendly and relaxed, it wasn't difficult to speak to people and get talking.
My friend Amy and I attended a Speed Flatmating event last August. We went with the hope of finding a flat with 2 available rooms, as we knew we wanted to live together. Unfortunately, we didn't find a flat, but we did meet a really nice girl called Poppy, who was also looking for a flat and had the same kind of budget and criteria as we did. We swapped numbers.
A week or so later I went to view a flat which was perfect, and Amy, Poppy and I moved in. That was last September, and things are going swimmingly! Poppy fast became a close friend, and the three of us never fail to mention to people how we met!