"an ingenious hybrid of speed dating and that all-important flatmate interview... now there is light at the end of the flat-hunting tunnel."
"It's a work of genius, because it recognises that it's the people you are going to live with that are important, rather than the space you are moving into."
"...there was something very comfortable about chatting face-to-face that beat the normal flat-hunting conversation by email via internet searches. Questions about room size and distance from the Tube seemed a lot easier without the glare of a computer screen..."
"The evening was fantastic, I was really worried I would feel stupid standing around waiting to talk to people but everyone at the event was so friendly and willing to talk...The event was value for money, £5 for the event and drink was excellent. Will be attending the next one for definite if I have not found a room by then."
"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."
"Hi, 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."
"Speed flatmating was excellent. Met a number of different people from different houses/flats to rent, in different areas, all in one location. So no travelling around the city. People with flats to rent were organised and informative - bringing photos, listing their rental amount on signs. I scheduled several appointments and ended up visiting a flat straight after the speed flatmating event - and I ended up taking the flat and am still living there 10 months later and am good friends with the girls i moved in with."
"Speedflatmating helped me believe again, that someone out there would be interested in my flat. I'm very glad I attended. When I'm looking for a flatmate again and feeling stuck, I will definitely return to Speedflatmating."
"I have attended twice, once to find a place and once to off load the place. Both times i had more fun than a general night at the pub. Mostly due to the licence to just go up and talk to anyone there. When i was looking for a place i was justifiably nervous with using gumtree due to scams. I found it much more reassuring meeting real people. Of most benefit was getting to meet a lot of people in a short time with minimal effort. I personally like to choose where I live by the people first and then the place. So it was good to see if you get along with those peddling their place. That night resulted in successfully finding a good place to live. "
"The event was a huge success for me. I had already spoken to a few people via the spareroom website, and arranged to meet them in person at the event. It was clear on meeting one of the girls that we got along very well; and we are still living happily together."
"Basically, I moved to London about 6 months ago to start a new job and after having the luxury of being able to stay with my father for the first couple of months I did eventually want to move out. I was recommended coming to speedflatmating by a friend and after him registering us, I came along to Gigalum in Clapham South one evening. I was pleasantly surprised about how relaxed it was and I thought the setup and organisation of the event was excellent. I actually did meet my current flatmates through the event and live and get on well with them now. I was there recently as well looking for a new flatmate as one is moving out and again I had a successful evening. I would definitely come back in the future should I be looking again and I just hope it is successful enough to expand into other areas and give other people a great opportunity to network and find flatmates."
"I attended the Speed Flatmating event at Ruby Blue last Wednesday and, although I didn't find a flat, I thought the whole event was great and I got to meet lots of people in a very social atmosphere. It was well organised and your staff were extremely helpful and friendly."
"This event is brilliant when it comes to looking for a room. Thank you!"
"thank you - the site was really helpful, especially the 'speedflatmating' evening which was really well run and enjoyable. thanks,Holly "
"Hi guys, just wanted to let you know that i went to your speed flatmating at Gigalum in clapham last week adn was brilliant! got loads of interest and found a new perfect flatmate. I've spread the word and lots of my friends are awaiting the next session at clapham!! Cheers, Rich,Tom,dave and Russ."
"It was a fun night and I made a couple good contacts that I hope will come have a look at my flat."
"Dear Gemma, The event was my first time at speedflatmating and I am glad to report that you were gentle & considerate with me! I found the event to be well organised in a good, central, suitably sized venue that generated a decent atmosphere. The split of north and south of the river was a good idea. Overall the event was quite entertaining...value for money and well organised."
"The concept is fantastic"
"Well organised and good events to go to with no pressure or awkward atmosphere..."
"Safe atmosphere, friendly and clear - everyone knows what they are looking for/after"
"Great opportunity to meet new people, comfortable, relaxed and safe environment to meet potential new housemates"
"Fun and well organised"
"I really enjoyed the night and meeting new people is always fun. I liked the format of it being less formal and really just a drinks reception."
"This is the most successful house mate finding thing I've ever done and we're thrilled! We will certainly be doing the same in the future if a room becomes available again."
"SpeedFlatmating nights are a brilliant idea!"
"I attended the Speed Flatmating event last Thursday and really enjoyed it! I was looking for a room to rent as I'm starting a job in Central London, however I currently live in Devon and the prospect of hunting for rooms on my weekends off filled me dread!! The event was a fantastic way of chatting to potential flatmates without there being pressure to make a decision about the room like there would be on a normal viewing! I met a number of really nice people (both looking for a room and offering a room) and felt comfortable chatting to just about everyone...the location was great and really easy to get to. All members of the spareroom.co.uk staff were fantastic, really approachable and friendly. The pricing of the event was just right; I liked the fact that confidence could be heightened with a free drink! I was so pleased I attended the event and as a result have found a place to move in to, so a big big thank you for organising the night."
"Didn't go to speedflatmating event in the end as I found an excellent room with your website the night I was supposed to go. I have recommended speedflatmating to others at work & even a woman I met on a train who was in the same position"