In 2013, Nashville was named the #1 Friendliest City in America by the reads of Travel and Leisure. That title might come in very handy if you are a looking for a rental because there is a good chance you will be looking for a roommate in Nashville. The reason for this is simple, Nashville is running out of places to rent. Occupancy rates for rentals are hovering around 97%, much higher than the national average of 94%. To keep up with demand, Nashville has nearly 9,000 new apartments under construction.
Even though new apartments are being built, rental rates continue to climb. According to Rent Jungle, the average apartment rent within 10 miles of Nashville is $1301. The average rent for a two-bedroom in 2000 was closer to $900 per month.
With increasing prices and low availability, finding a roommate in Nashville may be the only option.
If you love live music and never running out of things to do, living in Downtown Nashville might be right up your alley. Living Downtown puts you within walking distance of nearly everything you could want, but you will have to deal with constant tourists. Downtown living appeals more towards the younger crowd with more than sixty bars and restaurants and plenty of shopping. People here generally live in high-rise apartment buildings.
If you prefer living close to Downtown, Hillsboro Village might appeal to you. Hillsboro Village is located between two universities, Belmont and Vanderbilt, so you will see a lot of college kids, young adults and families.
Also close to Downtown is 12 South. This neighborhood is great if you want to be close to the action, but live in a more traditional home in a quiet, but still hip, neighborhood. Housing here is typically single family homes or attached townhomes.
These are just a sample of the many neighborhoods Nashville has to offer.
Once you have figured out where in Nashville you want to live, it is time to start looking for a roommate. Make yourself a list of qualities that are important to you. Things like smoking, cleanliness, pets, sleeping habits and work schedule should be on your list.
Consider asking friends and family for some roommate recommendations. They know you better than anyone, so there is a chance they might know someone that might be a good living companion for you.
Searching for a roommate online is another excellent option. While many people turn to Craigslist, it can be a bit sketchy. Thankfully there are many alternative websites dedicated to helping you find the best roommate. Roommate searching sites like roomster.com even have verified members with links to their social profiles so you can get a good idea who the person is, who their friends are and much more. Roomster has more than 89 private rooms available right now in Nashville.
Once you narrow down your potential roommate list, you probably want to meet in person before making a commitment. Choose somewhere in public to meet-up like a Starbucks. If you are uncomfortable meeting someone on your own, bring a friend along with you even if you just want a second opinion. You may wish to meet a couple of times to make sure you are comfortable and compatible.
Once you find the right person, prepare a roommate agreement so you know what your responsibilities are. The agreement includes things like cooking, cleaning, groceries, utilities etc. Keep in mind that a vague roommate agreement may lead to problems later on, so be specific.
Hopefully, these tips have aided you in finding a roommate in Nashville. Nashville is a city with a small town feel, yet offers pretty much anything you will find in any major city across the US. With many entertaining festivals, Live Music, and both Pro and College sports, there is never a dull moment in Nashville.
Start your Nashville roommate search today.