How to add a free room for rent listing

Add a room to rent listing guide

Registeringa room for rent on Cohabitas is free and easy. In case you experience difficulties, here is our  guide to listing a spare room or a whole property. 

If you still don’t fancy doing this yourself then see our Telephone Registration Service, where we do it all for you.

Getting started

We start by asking you to set a Username, plus enter your name, email address and password.

Username: This is your name on the site that other members will see on your profile. It needs to be between 6 and 15 characters long.

Email: In some cases you will be advised that the email you are trying to register is already in use on the site. In this case go back to the first page and sign-in using the email address, this means that you have registered before.

Password: This field requests a password between 6 and 15 characters including letters and numbers. In case you forget your password you can easily reset it using the link just below the password field on the log-in page.

Account Type

Please be sure to check you select the account type relevant to your need because this determines the information you need to provide to register.

Select List a room or property to rent to advertise your spare room or a whole property. In the next few steps you can add more detail to your listing.

Next, you can either register for yourself, on behalf of another person (e.g. a friend or a parent) or on behalf of an organisation/business. For a lot of people this would probably be ‘for myself’.

In case you have friends or relatives who you think would enjoy the Cohabitas site, why not offer to register on their behalf?

Date of birth: It is easiest if you select the year first, then use the arrows to navigate to the right month and day. You need to be at least 35 years old to use the Cohabitas service. We use this minimum age to keep our community tailored to the needs and expectations of a more mature and discerning audience.

Common error messages

If for some reason you are not taken to the next screen and you press the register button again, you may be told that the email address is already in use. In this case you have in fact registered. All you need to do is go back to the start page and sign-in using the email address and password you registered with previously (perhaps unknowingly). Check your email spam folder and you may find your welcome email there.

Username does not meet criteria. You will see an error message alerting you that your username must be between 6 and 15 characters long.

Password does not meet criteria. You will see an error message alerting you that your password must be between 6 and 15 characters long.

Tick the terms and conditions box. Without this you cannot complete your registration.

Listing Preferences

Once you have completed the first page you will be taken to a second screen where you can add more detail about your spare room(s).

Headline: Write a succinct headline for your listing that describes your room (or property) and/or what you are looking for. For example: “Bright double, looking for friendly cat lover”. Maximum of 10 words.

Category: This is the category your ad will appear in – you can choose between Rooms to rent or Properties to rent.

Location: Start to type the town or area your property is located in and choose from the list of places that will automatically appear. Alternatively, you can just click ‘Select address on map’ and drop the pin in the right area.

You can then add one or more rooms to your listing.

Reducing rent for chores

It can be a good idea to offer a rent reduction in case you have chores around the house that need doing in return. Perhaps walking the dog or helping to keep up the garden. You can specify what these activities are and a how it will reduce the monthly rent.

Full description

Please take a few minutes to complete this section about the room and your home in general. It is a great chance to make your room stand out and to introduce yourself to your future housemates! A detailed description will save you time later explaining it all in person or via messages. It will also help to attract the right people. Always include what sort of person you are looking for and any things that are particularly important to you.

Displaying your phone number

There is an option towards the end of that page that allows you to add and display your personal phone number to other members. It is fully up to you if you would like to make your number public. We always recommend to keep it private and use the site’s encrypted messaging system instead, but we know some people prefer to get in touch with others directly.

Submit your listing

Once you are happy with your listing you can preview it to see what it will look like to other members. To complete your registration don’t forget to click ‘Submit listing‘ at the end.

Here is where you can find all rooms for rent.

Read more about how to Create a great housemate profile.


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