One of the newest players in the New York City roommate-finder game, Roomi is a free app that aims to give room- and roommate-seekers some serious peace of mind. Every member is vetted by Roomi staff (users are asked to connect their Facebook, LinkedIn when applicable, and upload either a passport, driver's license, or visa), and there's a handy chat feature, so you can speak with your potential cohabitants, Tinder-style, before things get too serious (i.e., you don't have to divulge your real email). Room listings require a location, roommate preferences, pricing and availability, included amenities and rules, a summary of the place, and photos.
Sign up for this free email newsletter (delivered every Wednesday morning) to see a tight list of housing opportunities -- featuring everything from no-fee rooms and apartments to artists studios. The newsletter is curated by Stephanie Diamond, who was inspired by her own mass email-driven apartment hunt prior to starting grad school in New York City. If you're looking for a roommate to move into your space, you can submit an ad to the Listings Project for $30 each week. Include a catchy headline, a detailed description for your space, and any details about you that a potential roommate needs to know (you're a student with early mornings, a waiter working nights, a pet owner, a pet hater). Every listing is reviewed personally by Stephanie or Listings Project community manager Jordan Delzell.