What we’ve learned about housing in 2014… from you

We carry out a lot of surveys every year on SpareRoom.co.uk, ranging from a quick Friday afternoon poll on who does the cleaning in your house, right up to our huge Flatshare Census. Thanks to all of you who took part and took the time to let us know what you think.

Perhaps the most insight you’ve given us is that 97% of you don’t think the Government is doing enough to make housing affordable.

It’s not difficult to see why. Based on the 10,300 responses to our 2014 Flatshare Census:

18% of you don’t EVER expect to buy your own home. A further 18% don’t expect to be able to buy for at least ten years.

22% of you spend more than 50% of your income on rent and 29% consider your rent unaffordable.

We also learned that 21% of flatshares don’t have living rooms and 5% of flatsharers even share a bedroom (with someone other than their partner).

It’s not all been doom and gloom though – you’ve also made us smile. When we asked who you’d rather live with, 63% of you said a flatmate who never speaks rather than one who never shuts up.

We also asked about the cleaning rota. 48% admitted the same person or people end up doing all of the housework and 20% said ‘What’s housework? We have a cleaner’.


So, a big thank you for all you’ve taught us in 2014. Enjoy the Christmas break and we’ll see you in 2015 (with plenty more questions, of course).

‘Tis the season to be merry


It’s nearly Christmas, which means your diary is ready to burst – drinks dates with your friends, your friends’ friends and dinner dates with every relative in your extended family, including your long lost aunt Maud. Then there’s the annual office Christmas party, your pre-Christmas celebrations with housemates and suddenly it’s time to head home for festivities with the family.

With all this festive fun, you’re not thinking about a house move. This is why we’ve put SpeedFlatmating on hold for the rest of the month. We’ll be back to business as usual from the 6th January so book your place today. Until then, enjoy the merriment and have an eggnog for us. See you in the New Year!