Live Rent Free – May winner

Another month, another year, another winner (and another one for the ‘girls’ column). Live Rent Free has now been running for 2 years – who’d have thought it!

So far we’ve given away a total of (gulp) £17,120.52 and it’s 18-7 to the girls.

Our Live Rent Free in May winner is Gemma Harrison, who lives in SW19 (Wimbledon). According to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index the average monthly rent in the home of British tennis (and therefore the prize) is £546.

Gemma says:
“I used SpareRoom when I first moved to London in August 2009 – I thought the best way to meet people would be by living in a shared flat. I found the website really easy to use. I also used SpareRoom again when a flat mate was moving out – the response we had was great and we filled the room in no time! I enter the competition every time I see the email, it’s free to enter so there is no harm in trying. I never thought I would win but it goes to show you have to be in it to win it! The money will come in handy, I will hopefully put it towards a nice holiday somewhere hot!”


Don’t forget, for your chance to win a month’s rent enter now


Flatshare Census iPad winner

Firstly a big thank you to everyone who took the time to take part in our Flatshare Census. We had over 10,000 responses from people of all ages around the UK (and further afield).

Unfortunately there was only one iPad to win and it has been won by Nicky Price. Congratulations Nicky!

Nicky has been using SpareRoom to find lodgers for her flat in Norwich. She says:

“Wow, it is absolutely fantastic to win an iPad, I’ve never won anything anywhere near as exciting as this before! I was on a train when I got the email from and had to read it over and over again to actually believe my name had been  picked out of the draw! I’ve always wanted an iPad but never been able to afford one so this is just amazing.

SpareRoom has been great to help me find lodgers to share my flat and help pay the mortgage. I usually look for people to stay Monday to Friday and I’ve always been able to find nice, trustworthy, like-minded people. The guy currently renting the room is great, he’s been here nearly 18 months and we get on really well – so I can fully recommend to find your ideal lodger/landlord/lady.
So thank you so much.. and it just goes to show that it totally worth filling in surveys and questionnaires and entering competitions as one day a winning email might drop into your inbox!”