Zimbabwe’s Room8, an online site set to launch to help students in tertiary institutions get accommodation and choose their roommates via their mobile phones or computers from wherever they are.
Like a normal classifieds platform, Room8 aims to help landlords to list their properties while students go to the site to look for houses, book and review them at a small subscription fee.
Founded by Audrey Murenzvi, Jabulani Mpofu, Bakani Pilime, Blessing Gavaza and Bhekani Khumalo, the yet to be launched service enables users to sign in and upload or search for vacant houses or see the houses occupants, read their profiles before they join them.
“We are creating a platform that will enable you to choose who you are comfortable to stay around regards to their social life, pledge yourself in your social zones, create your mini communities, prompt your landlords to upgrade the standards of their homes by reviewing,” says the team on their Facebook page.
The platform aims to make money via users subscriptions and other events or services.
Though Room8 is targeting students, its in the same market with several other classified portals such as Naspers Property24 and Rocket Internet’s Lamudi.