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Jared is the lucky winner.

Jared lives in Stratford, so wins a month’s rent of £702.00 according to SpareRoom’s Rental Index.

You’ve got to be kidding me. I’m struggling to believe this is real.

I recently went self employed having completely changed my profession, and so this additional money is a real lifesaver right now! I’ll use some it to buy Christmas gifts for my family, as I am visiting them at the end of December in South Africa. It’s the first time I’m seeing them in two years, so this is unbelievable.

I’ve been jumping from house share to house share every since I moved to London over 9 years ago. The lifestyle suits me, because it’s more social and I’ve made some of my best friends in the world thanks to places I’ve found on SpareRoom, so I already owed you guys massively!

I enter the competition every month, and have done so for years. I honestly had no expectations of it ever coming true.

Thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!

Dan is the lucky winner.

Dan lives in Stockwell, so wins a month’s rent of £741, according to SpareRoom’s Rental Index.

I’ve entered the competition every month since I used SpareRoom to find some new flatmates a few years ago. I can’t believe I’ve finally won!

I work as a video producer and there are several new bits of kit I’ve had my eye on, so now I’ve finally got an excuse to buy them. Thanks SpareRoom!

Simon is the lucky winner.

Simon lives in Hanger Lane, so wins a month’s rent of £693, according to SpareRoom’s Rental Index.

Thank you SpareRoom for a very welcome surprise! I’m an IT engineer and have been housesharing for four years now. I’ve been entering the competition ever since I found my first flatshare four years ago (via SpareRoom, of course) but didn’t really expect I’d end up winning.

Sharing just makes sense in London. You get to live a bit more central for cheaper than just by yourself, and I love the social aspect of it because you get to meet a lot of people. It’s certainly made for a lot of very memorable nights out!

This prize money will be spent on finally committing to a much needed holiday in December, since I’ve been saving up to get my own place sometime next year. Thanks again SpareRoom!

Sara is the lucky winner.

Sara lives in Putney, so wins a month’s rent of £711, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

I’ve been sharing in this flat for two and a bit years. I love it as I have mostly shared with Aussies and Kiwis and they’re so much fun. They’re great friends and great housemates, plus there’s loads to talk about when you live with people from other countries. I’m a professional athlete in the GB Rowing team and it’s nice to have great housemates to come home to, chill and recover with before the next day of training!

I’ve entered this competition pretty much every month for the last two years. It’s kind of a habit. As a part-time Master’s student, I’ll be using my winnings to pay for my university fees this year.

Thank you so much!

Becky is the lucky winner.

Becky lives in Morecambe, so wins a month’s rent of £403, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

We are sharing because it means we can afford a little bit more money at the end of the month. Moving from our parents out on our own is a scary task, but much better when you have other people to move in with.

We are allowed pets at our house and are hoping to buy a little puppy with the money, we have been looking for weeks! And with this money it will mean we can afford our little furball!

I can’t thank you enough

Justina is the lucky winner.

Justina lives in Southsea, so wins a month’s rent of £490, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

I’m originally from Lithuania, but moved here almost 6 years ago to study Architecture. I came across SpareRoom before I came to England as it was an easy way to find a place to live while studying.

After graduating I started to work in a small gallery / framing shop and sharing was the only way I could afford a place. I kept entering the competition every single month, hoping for the best… that worked out! The money has come at a perfect time as I’m moving to Cornwall to start a new job! Thank you so much SpareRoom!

Perry is the lucky winner.

Perry lives in Oxford, so wins a month’s rent of £559, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

I help manage a high end cocktail bar, the reason I’m sharing at the moment is because I split up with the mother of my child two years ago. I moved in with a friend from work so I’d be able to have some money to help support Oscar. It’s his birthday next month so this extra money will allow me to do something special for him.

Nicola is the lucky winner.

Nicola has won our Live Rent Free for a year competition. She lives in Saltdean, so wins a year’s rent of £6,708, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

I don’t think it’s even sunk in yet. It feels so surreal. I’d given up hope last month when I received the email saying SpareRoom had picked the next winner, I hadn’t been contacted so I thought it clearly wasn’t me.

I’m learning to be a dog groomer so setting up my own business is really important to me. I’m looking at getting a mobile grooming van which is quite expensive. I’ve had all my quotes done already but I haven’t progressed with it because I don’t have the money. You don’t know how much this will help me progress the business plans.

Neil is the lucky winner.

Neil lives in Liverpool, so wins a month’s rent of £338, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

I’m currently at university studying physics. I’m sharing a house with friends from uni because I wanted to get the full experience of university and finally living away from home!

I began entering the competition after we started looking for someone to fill a room in our house, that’s when I came across SpareRoom and Live Rent Free.

My girlfriend and I booked a holiday to Tenerife a couple of weeks ago so this definitely helps with spending money while we’re there!

Lucy is the lucky winner.

Lucy lives in Kilburn, so wins a month’s rent of £806, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

I’m so excited and happy to have won this competition as I try every month without much hope!

I work in the travel industry and will probably use the money to see more of the world - most likely for a weekend away in Rome!

Thanks so much, Spareroom - I always have and will continue to recommend you to friends.

Jack is the lucky winner.

Jack lives in Putney, so wins a month’s rent of £741, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

I’m originally from Sweden, but have moved around a lot since college. Sharing suits me, as it’s flexible (and in London, the only ‘affordable’ option!) and I can save up money and travel. I’ve found most of my flatshares via SpareRoom, and keep entering the competition on the off-chance I’ll win. Which worked out! I’ll mainly put the money away for a later date, but am going to celebrate by making dinner for my girlfriend, complete with a totally over-the-top good bottle of wine as she’s into her wines.

Yes, this will definitely come in handy :-)

Brian is the lucky winner.

Brian lives in Dover, so wins a month’s rent of £425, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

I’ve used SpareRoom ever since losing my flat in a fire 3 years ago. I’ve entered the competition nearly every month, not thinking I’ll ever win it and can’t believe I have. So I would say keep entering because you never know it could be you!

I’ll definitely be putting the money towards some nice things for my home.

Daryl is the lucky winner.

Daryl lives in Camberwell, so wins a month’s rent of £676, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

This is definitely one of the best ways to start the new year! The most I’ve won is £20 on the national lottery so this is a major win for me! I have been doing this competition for around 4 years now so it’s become more of a habit to enter the competition rather than having any hope of actually winning it. Before I found a flatshare on SpareRoom in 2012 I was living with my sister and her husband but I was in urgent need of finding a new place to live after finishing my A-levels and gaining an apprenticeship. SpareRoom really helped speed the process along in finding an affordable place in London in such short notice and now I’m using the site again to find another room. This money will definitely help in my search as 2016 has seen me pay for my first car, 2 big holidays and recently all the Christmas presents. Thanks to the guys at SpareRoom for choosing me and Happy New Year!

Daniel is the lucky winner.

Daniel lives in Maida Vale, so wins a month’s rent of £841, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

Many thanks, Spareroom! Apparently I earned 53 entries and used them well as I have been competing every month since I first used your service several years ago. Flat sharing is great for every young professional coming to London. It helps to make new friends while spreading relatively high rent, so it is pretty much a win-win situation. It is December now so this money definitively comes in handy for some nice Xmas presents ;-)

Sarah is the lucky winner.

Sarah lives in Hampstead, so wins a month’s rent of £658, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

Wow thank you Spareroom, I’ve entered your competition every month since arriving in London 5 years ago from New Zealand and I can’t believe I’ve actually won! Flatting in London has allowed me to live centrally and get the most out of the city, while having enough spare cash to be able to do the odd bit of travelling in Europe. This extra money has come at a particularly good time as I’m just about to buy flights for a trip back home.

Yann is the lucky winner.

Yann lives in Morden, so wins a month’s rent of £564, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

My name is Yann and I live in London. I moved from France six years ago to work in the video game industry and have been entering the competition every month wishing I’d win some day. And this day has come! As most people here, I had to move a few times over the years, and never failed to use Spareroom. It was already brilliant, but winning this competition makes it even better!

I haven’t completely decided how I’ll use the money, but I’ll make sure to save some, give some and spend some.

Being a motorcycle rider, my spending will most likely go on funding better protective gear (that we should ALWAYS wear) and my advanced rider training at IAM RoadSmart. It is a UK registered charity formed in 1956 that has spent more than 60 years making our roads safer by improving driver and rider skills through coaching and education. They are great, check it out!

Thank you very much! :)

Stephen is the lucky winner.

Stephen lives in Wandsworth, so wins a month’s rent of £763, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

Thanks so much Spareroom! I have been in London for about four and a half years now, and have tried to enter this competition every month, so now I can’t believe that my efforts have paid off.

I moved to London from Ireland to work in an architects office. I use Spareroom to find all my accommodation, starting off with my first place in Islington and then in Stratford, Fulham and now, only very recently, Wandsworth.

I like flat sharing because it means I can live with friends while it is also an affordable way to live in central parts of London. I am living with some amazing flat mates at the moment which is always a joy to return home to after work.

I have booked a trip to Las Vegas next summer. Saving up for it was going to be a challenge so this prize money is really going to help a lot! Thanks!

Mary is the lucky winner.

Mary lives in Wimbledon, so wins a month’s rent of £685, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

I’ve been living and working in London as an artist and sharing different apartments in the city for the past four years. I would like to use the money for rent and future savings. Thank you so much Spare room!

Paul is the lucky winner.

Paul Bunn lives in Beckenham, so wins a month’s rent of £598, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

Thanks so much to SpareRoom for this surprise, I’ve been entering this competition for 5 years now and have found 3 rooms using the service. They have all been great and the housemates I’ve been placed with have been brilliant as well.

I’m in the process of moving in with my girlfriend at the moment so the extra money this win provides will go on a nice treat for her as she is having to get rid of some shoes to accommodate my possessions! Thanks again and keep entering everyone, it’s well worth it!

Suzy is the lucky winner.

Suzy Sancho lives in North London, so wins a month’s rent of £646, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

Helen is the lucky winner.

Helen Curtis lives in Walworth, so wins a month’s rent of £737, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

This is absolutely incredible, thank you so much. Honestly, this win could not have come at a better time, as I’ve been having a pretty tough time recently, however it has really restored my faith in the universe again. I have been entering the “Live Rent Free” competition diligently every month for the past 4 years and never in a million years thought I would actually win. It’s weird because yesterday I checked my emails and spotted an email from Spare Room informing me of a room that “matched my search”, for a split second moment I thought “Oh the Live Rent Free competition, I hope I remembered to enter, be nice to win it” and then today: “WOW!”.

My fiance Timothy and I have been flat sharing in London for 5 years now, and although it is tough financially, we thoroughly love the vibrant community we have come to call “home” in Walworth, South East London. We have made some amazing friends and met some wonderful people from the local area and being from Yorkshire there is no better feeling than walking down the street and people saying “Hi Helen, how are you?”. We first came to London having both been made redundant in Sheffield. London wasn’t even on the cards back then, because we were very happy flat sharing in Sheffield, however I believe everything happens for a reason. Spare Room has been incredibly helpful living in London and we have found some lovely places to live over the years, so thank you.

We dream of moving to Brighton and buying a house, getting a dog and a cat, (starting a family?), so this money will certainly go towards making our dreams a reality.

Thank you again, you have made my day, week and year!

Smera is the lucky winner.

Smera Kazmi lives in Tottenham, so wins a month’s rent of £620, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

Oh wow , thank you SpareRoom, this indeed has made my day.

I have been sharing with others since my university days and really enjoy living with others, also due to cost of livings these days it is much easier to share. I live in London with two great housemates and I have lived around the London area for most of my life. I have no idea how long I have been entering this competition but it has been for quite a few years now and glad I kept at it. I will be saving this money for now and will look at booking a well earned holiday later in the year.

Again thank you so much SpareRoom

Neil is the lucky winner.

Neil Hurst lives in Edinburgh, so wins a month’s rent of £460, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

My name is Neil and I live in Edinburgh, but from St.Helens originally. I have been renting my whole adult life and have been quite transient - living in various places, from Scotland to Norwich to New Zealand. I have finally settled in Edinburgh, first moving here in 2002 till 2005 then back again in 2010 where I have seemed to have finally slowed down!

I have been living in my current shared flat for over 3 years now. I am settled here for the time being, it’s a shared flat which makes costs a little cheaper and currently saving for a deposit for a mortgage with my fiance and her family, and looking forward to moving in with them soon.

I am so happy to win this competition and will be putting the win towards the deposit saving.

Gabrielle is the lucky winner.

Gabrielle lives in West Watford, so wins a month’s rent of £559, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

I’ve been living in shared accommodation since my days at university, but it became essential when I moved to London from overseas (Canada) all on my own! I spent a lot of money on finding a decent job and getting settled, so I’ve been entering the competition every month for 2 years in the hope of recouping some of those costs… I’ve managed to bounce back on my own, but this will now help me fly back to Canada for a friend’s wedding in October. Thanks so much for an amazing birthday gift!

Isaac is the lucky winner.

Isaac Bukenya is the lucky winner of this month’s Live Rent Free competition.

Isaac lives in Worthing, so wins a month’s rent of £494, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

I live in a shared accommodation because of change of circumstance, I found out about SpareRoom about 2 years ago when I was looking for a place around Brighton and through SpareRoom I managed to find a place, I’ve been participating for the last 24 months, winning just after Christmas is absolutely awesome. I would recommend SpareRoom to any looking for a place.

Claire is the lucky winner.

Claire Lowe is the lucky winner of this month’s Live Rent Free competition.

Claire lives in Solihull, so wins a month’s rent of £468, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

On top of my years sharing at university, I have been sharing since I moved to Birmingham in 2013 whilst I save to buy my first house.

I discovered SpareRoom when looking for my next room to rent in 2014 and initially entered the competition in the hope to offset the previous deposit I had just lost as a result of my landlord not protecting it.

I have entered every month since on the off chance that one month it might be me! Now I am finally getting closer to buying a house, this money will be much appreciated addition the “furniture fund”!

Liting is the lucky winner.

Liting Yu is the lucky winner of this month’s Live Rent Free competition.

Liting lives in East London, so wins a month’s rent of £650.00, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

I started living in London 7 years ago. I’ve been always sharing since I enjoy having an accompany around. It took me a while to find a suitable place in London. Thanks to SpareRoom, it makes my room hunting a lot easier. I just enter this competition every month, nice and simple. But I can’t believe that I won this time. My Christmas holiday is approaching.I will certainly enjoy it more with this money!

Rachel is the lucky winner.

Rachel Hawes is the lucky winner of October’s Live Rent Free competition.

Rachel lives in North London and wins £797, the average rent for her area.

WOW! I cant quite believe your email, that is amazing news - THANK YOU! I read it last night but had to read it again this morning for it to sink in. Im honestly so shocked and happy. Today actually marks six months since I moved to London, so its uncanny timing.

I’m an Australian teacher who moved to London six months ago to work and travel around Europe. I moved into my flat which I’m sharing with 2 girls whom I’ve been living with since moving here. I found the flatshare through SpareRoom (of course), our contract ends in January so I will start looking for a new flat in the next month or so. I’ve entered the competition each month but never expected I’d be lucky enough to win. I fly out to Iceland in November, so the money will definitely come in handy for this!

Deirdre is the lucky winner.

Deirdre is the lucky winner of September’s Live Rent Free competition.

Deirdre lives in West London, so wins a month’s rent of £854, according to SpareRoom’s average rent data.

I’m delighted to win the Spareroom competition as I’m devoting my time to volunteering with climate change mobilisations and encouraging ethical banking at the moment and London accommodation is costly! I’ve recently started a green ShamrockSpring Facebook page where those inclined can submit their eco action shots. I love London and capturing it’s urban art photos and striking eccentricities. Thanks to you I shall treat myself to a new phone with a better camera so I can share these photos on Facebook.

Am a strong believer in Karma capital - I guess this is divine dividends!

Vidar is the lucky winner.

Vidar Tysvaer is August’s Live Rent Free competition winner.

Vidar lives in East London, so wins a month’s rent of £741, which is the average rent for a double room in the area, according to SpareRoom’s latest data.

Thank you! I’ve entered the competition every month hoping that it would be me one day!

I live in Central East London and I love getting a proper feel of that East London buzz

I’m a Norwegian and first came to London in 2008. I’ve been flat sharing ever since as it’s such a great way to meet people and share the costs of living centrally. I’ve made great friends this way too. Spareroom was a gem when I wanted to find a flat mate, as I could easily get an impression of the people that were interested. The impression I got off people’s profiles were spot on every time, and that really helps.

The money is going to come in extremely handy - thanks guys!

Anurag is the lucky winner.

Anurag is the lucky winner of this month’s Live Rent Free competition. He lives in East London, where the average monthly room rent is £763 - enjoy spending the money in Berlin, Anurag.

I moved from New Delhi, India to London for work in the last week of April and had one month to find a room.

It took me three days to lose all hope because the property market here is so fickle. But with SpareRoom I found a room in the next two days in the East Village - the area reminds me of home and it’s new and clean and modern.

I have been sharing for a month and a half now, because to be honest I cannot afford to live in my own flat in a nice area just yet. I entered the competition to see if I will get lucky in this country, and looks like I did. My vacation to Berlin is round the corner so the money is going to be spent there! Thanks SpareRoom!

Beulah is the lucky winner.

Beulah lives in Peckham Rye and wins a month’s rent of £625.00, according to our Rental Index.

“Before I moved to London I never won anything but I think I have the luck of the Irish since moving here as I have won a few things, this being the biggest and best. Its fantastic to have won the SpareRoom competition as I have been entering it monthly since arriving here two years ago for work, when I used SpareRoom to find my first home. It is not easy finding a room in London but SpareRoom makes it easier.

I lived in Dublin before moving to London, because everyone should live in London at some stage of their lives. I just moved flat for the second time here recently and found a fab place in Peckham. It really is the best new vibrant area of London and I’m loving it!

I am going on holidays this week to Turkey so I will be spending my winnings on this holiday.

A big thank you SpareRoom.”

Nikola is the lucky winner.

Nikola is the lucky winner of this month’s Live Rent Free competition.

Nikola lives in South London. She wins £600, the average monthly room rent for the area.

I am pretty new to London. I moved here in January after travelling as I didn’t want to go back to Manchester (as much as I love Manchester!). I absolutely love London and every weekend I try and see a new and different place. I guess I am still in traveler mode - perhaps it will never leave me. I work in Canary Wharf. I’m a bit of a gypsy in the corporate world!

I used SpareRoom when I was looking to move from the North to London and I found it an absolute God-send trying to orchestrate the move out of the city. I have and would recommend it to anyone.

Not to sound cliche but this is the first thing I have ever won! My competition game has not been strong lets say..so I am absolutely delighted at winning this. I am going to use the money to pay off traveler debt to my parents (boooo) and help go towards my holiday with my Brazilian friend touring Europe, who I met in Bolivia. Thank you Spareroom.

Teo is the lucky winner.

I can’t believe this is real - I never thought I’d win anything when it comes to lotteries! I share because London is too expensive to live by my own plus I love to have someone to socialize with, chit chat and make food/hang out with since I’m single.

I’ve been sharing for a few years now, gone between larger apartments with more people to double sharing as I’m doing right now.

I entered the competition day dreaming - who wouldn´t want to be able to live rent free?! I love travelling so this will go towards that! I couldn´t help but use a photo from the last time I was in Mexico to celebrate the occasion!

Aide is the lucky winner.

Aide is the unsuspecting winner of this month’s Live Rent Free competition! She lives in Turnpike Lane, in North London, so wins £548.17 according to our Rental Index.

I currently live in a 3 bed flat in North London, sharing with 2 amazing flatmates. I’ve lived in London for most of my life, and I’ve been living in house/flat shares for the last 4/5 years. I entered the SpareRoom comp just on the off chance, but never really though I’d win. What will I do with the money? Totally going to treat my flatmates to a pizza :)

Virginia is the lucky winner.

Virginia lives in Warminster, Wiltshire and wins a month’s rent of £372.67, according to our Rental Index.

I am currently renting a room in a large, three-bed semi, sharing the rest of the house with my live-in landlord! I have a nice landlord. A couple of times a month, we get takeaway, which is a nice treat. Other times I cook a meal for the two of us (cooking for one is a bit dull). I’ve been flat-sharing for the past two years, but previously lived in a cottage on my own, which was quite isolating and more importantly, expensive! I like to flat share because you are never alone and you can meet new folk if you are new to the area, as I was when I moved in. I have been entering this competition for years so I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to finally be a winner!

Tom is the lucky winner.

Tom Nordheim is the lucky winner of this month's Live Rent Free competition.

Tom lives in Central London, so wins a month's rent of £940.33, according to the SpareRoom Rental Index.

My name is Tom Nordheim and I'm a Norwegian PhD student doing a degree in Planetary Science at University College London. I've been living in my present flat (which I share with 3 others) ever since I moved to London 2 years ago. Even though it’s quite expensive to live in central London, I really love the convenience of living so close to campus. It’s a huge time saver, especially when I’m quite busy with my research. I'll probably use the competition prize money to buy some Christmas gifts for friends and family! The timing couldn't have been better :-D

David is the lucky winner.

David Barber is the lucky winner of this month's Live Rent Free competition.

David lives in Hitchin in Hertfordshire. He wins £455, the average monthly room rent for the area.

This has made my week. I never win anything!

I first used spare room when I moved to St Albans for work (easy commute into London) shortly after leaving University. I didn’t really know anyone in the area, but through the website I found a great housemate. We’ve been living together for over three years now, and have become great friends. I have been entering the competition ever since, as I always thought it was a fantastic idea.

Thanks to spare room I wasn’t alone when I first moved to a new city and I made a friend for life.

With Christmas coming up, the money will come in very handy for treating my family and friends a little bit more!

Ben is the lucky winner.

Ben Clapperton is the lucky winner of this month’s Live Rent Free competition.

Ben lives in Fareham, so wins a month’s rent of £450.66, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

That’s great news! Thank you very much. Here is a little but about myself: I’m sharing at the moment because I am a contract worker. I have been sharing since March, before that I was in a one bedroom apartment by myself. I was told the work contract would last until March and so I gave up my place at the end of February. Then when they surprisingly extended me at work, I looked for a share house and found one here.

I entered the competition because one month’s rent is a lot of money, and I have entered many times because I lived in London before where it was even more money!

I’ve been told that my contract will now finish the Friday before Christmas. Therefore I’m moving back with my parents for Christmas and then flying out to South East Asia to go travelling for a month. I plan to spend the prize money when I am out there. The money will come in very handy indeed. Thank you for running the competition.

Here is a photo of me at the foot of the stairs in my house with our new next door neighbours’ cat, who climbed in through the window while I was at work.

Stephen is the lucky winner.

Stephen Shaw is the lucky winner of this month’s Live Rent Free competition.

Stephen lives in Kew, TW9, so wins a month’s rent of £745.33, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

What an amazing start to the week. I still live with the amazing housemate who I ‘recruited’ a few years back and was my first foray on SpareRoom!

We grown to become amazingly close friends and she’s by far the best housemate I’ve ever had, so thanks must go to SpareRoom for bringing us together and I’ll be sure to treat her!

I’ve lived in London for 14 years and by a weird twist of fate the place I now share was the first place I ever lived in when I came down in August 2000.

I’ve lived all over London - when the chance occurred to live in Kew again I jumped at the chance.

I love the area and while expensive it the perfect antidote to working in Central London.

Thank you to all at SpareRoom. I always advocate your service to my friends and recently to my nephew who came down from Liverpool after graduation and found a superb houseshare in a day!

Wow thanks again - things like this don’t happen to me - but they do now!

Paul is the lucky winner.

Paul Davies is the lucky winner of this month’s Live Rent Free competition.

Paul lives in Bedford, so wins a month’s rent of £411.66, according to the SpareRoom Rental Index.

I have been renting a room in Bedford for just over two years whilst I have been studying for a research degree at a local university. Thankfully I finished recently and have been looking for work in higher education. I consider myself fortunate to win, not only due to the amount of entrants but also I will probably be moving from Bedford as soon as I find a job. I therefore saw this entry as one of my last chances to bag the prize! Lucky me and thanks a lot, SpareRoom!

Kerstin is the lucky winner.

Kerstin Egger is the lucky winner of this month’s Live Rent Free competition.

Kerstin lives in Clapham, SW4, so wins a month’s rent of £723.66, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

I’m so happy! This is fantastic! I’ve been entering the competition for over 3 years and every time I visualise myself winning. I can’t believe it happened! I rent a room in a big houseshare on a beautiful street in Clapham. I love Clapham, the Common and the people. I’m originally from Austria and have lived in London for 9 years. I’ve lived in many different areas of London over the years but this is definitely the best.

(Unfortunately) The money will have to go in the bank BUT this will make my life a lot easier in the future.

Thank you so much, SpareRoom! This proves that commitment and perseverence pays off!

Lauren is the lucky winner.

Lauren Mather is the lucky winner of this month’s Live Rent Free competition.

Lauren lives in Clapham, so wins a month’s rent of £749.66, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

OH MY GOD SpareRoom, you have made my day, month, maybe even year!!! This is amazing. The most I’ve ever won before is a packet of smarties when I was eight!

I’m sharing with a lovely girl I met through SpareRoom a year ago. We live in a flat in Clapham, right by the station. I’ve used SpareRoom to find all 4 of the flatshares I’ve had in London, and they’ve all been great. I’ve entered the competition every month for over 2 years now but never dreamed I’d win. I think I’ll put the extra cash towards some new clothes and I might pay off a few bills (yawn).

Thanks again SpareRoom!

Andrew is the lucky winner.

Andrew Garrett is the lucky winner of this month’s Live Rent Free competition.

Andrew lives in Newquay, Cornwall, so wins a month’s rent of £372.66, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

Wow! I’m absolutely amazed that I won! I started entering the competition a few years ago when I was looking for a house share in Newquay on your website. Now I’m settled in a nice house with good people and even though I entered the competition every month I never thought I would win! Thanks SpareRoom, this money will come in very handy! I’m planning on using the money for a ticket to a music festival this summer and some spending money.

Danuta is the lucky winner.

Danuta Galuba is the lucky winner of this month’s Live Rent Free competition.

Danuta lives in Chorlton, Manchester, so wins a month’s rent of £390, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

Is this real? Have I won?

If this is true I can definitely say that from now on I will worship Mondays.

What a wonderfully unexpected message, I know it sounds like a cliché but simply I'd never have expected that I actually could win!

I entered the competition over a year ago when I was looking for accommodation in Manchester.

I’m Polish and came to the UK a few years ago to work, and since then I've been living in shared accommodation.

I chose Manchester because it is a large city with many opportunities and its favorable location in the middle of the country allows me to easily visit and explore interesting places all over the country, which is important for me as a foreigner.

Living in shared accommodation allows me to live in homes or neighborhoods I couldn't afford to rent on my own. By sharing you can meet new people and make friends, which is always nice. Sometimes however it can be challenging especially with individuals of different customs, temperaments and expectations. But I think there are far more advantages and benefits of living in shared houses and for the time being I'm going stick with it.

About the competition itself I thought very little just one click in response to your e-mail.

And the result? Who would have thought... this is absolutely fantastic. Thank you SpareRoom.

James is the lucky winner.

James Lawrenson is the lucky winner of this month’s Live Rent Free competition.

James lives in Wimbledon, London SW19, so wins a month’s rent of £628.33, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

Amazing! The money couldn’t have come at a better time, as my girlfriend and I are trying to find somewhere to buy at the moment. Only a couple of months ago, she asked me why I still bothered entering this competition, almost three years after finding my first flat in London through SpareRoom. So, you know, at least I get the smug joy of saying ‘I told you so’. This is the first thing I’ve won since I won a packet of jelly beans at uni. Feeling pretty happy right now. Thanks SpareRoom!

Colin is the lucky winner.

Colin Williams is the lucky winner of this month’s Live Rent Free competition.

Colin lives in Kendal, Cumbria, so wins a month’s rent of £381.33, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

I’m working for Southlake’s Housing as a Gas Surveyor and live in a houseshare in Kendal with two others, which is handy for work. The money will come in useful - thanks SpareRoom!

Laura is the lucky winner.

Italian flatsharer, Laura Furlan is the lucky winner of the first Live Rent Free competition of 2014.

Laura lives in SE1 - London Bridge, so wins a month’s rent of £758.33, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

What a great and unexpected surprise! It sounds unreal but exciting at the same time, an amazing way of starting the new year :D What can I say? I’ve been entering the competition every month for the past two years, since I registered on your website, and this is the first time I win prize money in my life (except for scholarships when I was at Uni)… For sure this prize comes in handy and I will use it for paying part of my university fees as I have just started a Masters course this academic year. I now live in a small but cosy flatshare between Southwark and London Bridge, a lovely, safe area very close to the city centre and some of my favourite areas in London. I’ve always lived in a flatshare since when I moved to London as my income does not allow me to live on my own as yet and also because it’s much more fun, especially when you are lucky enough in finding great flatmates as it’s been happeing to me so far! I’ve been living with my current flatmates for almost six months now and I’m quite happy, we have fun together but we respect each other’s space and privacy. I warmly suggest all Spareroom users to be persistent and continue entering this competition every month and I wish you all good luck, may you be the next winner! :)

Marc is the lucky winner.

Marc A. is the lucky winner of this month’s Live Rent Free competition.

Marc lives in SE1, so wins a month’s rent of £749.67, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index. He’s generously decided to donate his winnings to Shelter, via our Homes for Good campaign.

What a delight it has been to learn that luck has struck and my name came out ;) Santa seems to be a bit early this year, thanks a lot SpareRoom! I am so glad that I have chosen to donate my prize to Shelter to support those less fortunate who are struggling to keep a roof over their head. May everyone enjoy the festive season and may warmth of the heart beat the cold weather!

Angela is the lucky winner.

Angela Gibbons is the lucky winner of this month’s Live Rent Free competition.

Angela lives in South Manchester, so wins a month’s rent of £390, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

Wow, Ive been entering this competition, every month for at least a year or more, I never thought I would actually win! I’m sharing at the moment so I can save for a house deposit (which feels like it is taking a lifetime!) and because with my current flat share…it’s good fun!

With Christmas creeping up so quickly I think i will use the money to make sure I can see the festive season through with some extra special gifts and a good few nights out without my bank account yelling stop! Such a lovely surprise on a grey Monday up north. Thanks SpareRoom!

Carlos is the lucky winner.

Carlos Cruz is the lucky winner of this month’s Live Rent Free competition.

Carlos lives in Putney, so wins a month’s rent of £654.66, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

Wow! I am very happy to win this amazing free rent competition. I will save the money for my Christmas holiday. I am 34 years old working as a Handyman in London for about 3 years. The reason why I am sharing a house is because I want to buy my own one in London and sharing is helping me to save more money.

Amir is the lucky winner.

Amir Rezazadeh is the lucky winner of this month’s Live Rent Free competition.

Amir lives in Cambridge, so wins a month’s rent of £515.66, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

I am really happy about finding the SpareRoom website and winning the competition. With the money that I have won, I will save that money for a christmas holiday. About myself: I’m 19 years old and I’m studying biomedical sciences at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. I’ve been sharing a house for the last 2 years.

David is the lucky winner.

David McLellan is the lucky winner of this month’s Live Rent Free competition.

David lives in Balham SW12, so wins a month’s rent of £667.33, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

I moved from Glasgow to London around 4 months ago for work and was recommended by a friend to use SpareRoom.co.uk to find a place to live. I managed to arrange loads of viewings over one weekend and was able to secure a place to stay within 2 days sharing with some great flatmates with an easy commute to work! SpareRoom was so user friendly and was a great way for me to find my ideal place to live.

Winning this competition is great news and the money will come in very handy as I am going on holiday this month! Thank you SpareRoom!

Miguel is the lucky winner.

Miguel Garcia is the lucky winner of this month’s Live Rent Free competition.

Miguel lives in Islington, London, so wins a month’s rent of £706.33, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

Thanks for the great news! I’ve been using SpareRoom since 2010 when I came to study in the UK. No other site was able to match the ease of use and quality of people that I found on the site. When I saw the competition on Facebook I decided to enter since I’ve had such a great experience finding flats in London. Now winning has made that even better!

I finished my Master in International Relations but decided to get involved in London’s “Tech City” which is located around Old Street. I started interning there for a startup and met a lot of cool entrepreneurs starting their own businesses. It was a great experience that led me to working with a company called Yammer which is a social enterprise network for companies. My day to day work includes meeting with customers and helping them discover new ways of working and getting more value for their business. I get to travel a lot and every day is different. I love my job! I recently moved and will use the winnings to offset some of the cost for new furniture and perhaps a holiday in August.

Emyr is the lucky winner.

Emyr Clement is the lucky winner of this month’s Live Rent Free competition.

Emyr lives in Bristol, so wins a month’s rent of £528.66, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

This is great news! Thanks very much! I’ve been sharing flats and houses ever since being in university. I’m now a postgraduate at the same university, though Spareroom.co.uk was really useful when I had to find somewhere to live near Oxford for 6 months as part of my PhD in particle physics. I then lived near Geneva for a year and on my return to the UK SpareRoom was once again useful! I’m not sure what I’ll spend the money on yet but whatever it is it will be nice bonus on top of what I usually get as a student!

Jay is the lucky winner.

Jay Bossman is this month’s lucky winner. She lives in Mill Hill, London and so wins £520 (the average rent for a double room, inclusive of bills in a shared house in NW7, according to the SpareRoom Rental Index).

Is this real? I really hope it is!!! I’m in complete shock! Thank you so much!

I had first heard about SpareRoom.com while searching for some room mates about 3 to 4 years ago to share my flat after leaving uni. Living in London can be very expensive and I knew flatsharing was a risk but I’ve met and lived with some really cool people from all over the world. I have been entering this competition on and off since then but I would have never imagined that I would have won! I work Monday-Friday 9-5pm and daily I dream about getting away from my desk for even just a week and this money will make my dream come true! Its perfect as I can book a nice weekend away in Europe during the bank holiday weekend!

Thanks again for making my dreams come true, its such a blessing :D

Jane is the lucky winner.

Jane Hutchings is this month's lucky winner. She lives in Southfields, in SW London and so wins £602.33 (the average rent for a double room, inclusive of bills in a shared house in SW19, according to the SpareRoom Rental Index).

Thanks very much! I first heard about Spareroom.co.uk 3 years ago when on holiday with a friend. She asked to borrow my laptop to check her emails and then started squealing when she found out she'd won the free rent competition. That night she treated me to a slap-up meal at a local restaurant to celebrate. Since then, I've been entering every month. I don't normally enter competitions but having personally known someone who'd won, I thought the chances might be better than with other competitions. Then this morning when I heard I'd also won, I emailed my friend straight away to tell her I owed her a meal :)

I moved into our Southfields flat in November last year with 2 other vegetarians who were interested in the raw food diet and living in an eco-friendly flatshare. In fact, we're currently looking for another flatmate so if you're a non-smoking veggie interested in living in the Wimbledon area please check out our ad!

I'm currently saving up to move to Barcelona because I cannot stand a British winter another year! So this money will go into my savings pot. Thanks again Spareroom.co.uk!

Sara is the lucky winner.

Sara Burbi is this month’s lucky winner. She lives in Cirencester, Gloucestershire where she works as a vet. Her Live Rent Free in March prize comes to a total of £411.66 which is the average rent for a double room (inclusive of bills) in a house or flatshare in Cirencester, according to the SpareRoom Rental Index.

Wow, thank you so much, guys! I think I’ll use the money to buy some books I need for work and also some presents for family and friends. But, before doing so, here’s a little about me…

I am a veterinarian and researcher from Italy and I’m completing my PhD in the UK. I decided to rent a room using spareroom.co.uk because I found the website very useful in my area. There are usually quite a few options in my town all year long, so I decided to try house-sharing. I found it very nice, I got to know nice people and I have never had any problem with my housemates and landlords.

I have recommended the website to other friends and colleagues and I’ve been entering the competition for about a year or so, maybe a bit longer. House sharing saves a lot on the bills and so on, but it also gives you a chance to start new friendships. It’s really important for foreign students like me. I’ve started renting exactly 3 years ago. I’ve now been living in the same place for almost 2 years and I’m very happy.

Linette is the lucky winner.

Congratulations Linette, and sorry we made you cry!

Linette Jensen is the lucky winner of SpareRoom’s Live Rent Free in February competition.

Linette lives in Stoke Newington, London N16, so her prize of a month:’s rent (according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index is £645.66.

Hi all you lovely people at Spareroom. How amazing is this? I didn’t actually believe it till I spoke to Sam in person (there where tears—but happy ones!).

Thank you so so so much for this! I have entered the competition since I moved to London 4 years ago—each month, always hoping but never really expecting to win!

Living in London is tough but fantastic at the same time, while sharing a house/flat can be challenging, it is such a great way to learn about different cultures and make friends for life. For the last 4 years I have shared houses with so many people from all over the world, which means that now I have a hug waiting if I ever come visit them in New Zealand, New York, Germany, Sweden, Thailand etc… How amazing is that?

This prize couldn’t have come at a more convenient time for me, as I am currently in my final year studying Hospitality Management here in London. Studying hard and writing my dissertation does not leave much time for work—so money has been scarce! The extra money will be partly spent on spoiling my boyfriend who has been so sweet and supportive during my time at uni. I will also be buying the Uni-girls a round of pancakes at our favourite cafe (I have to promise this, as they were all there when I found out I won) and finally my mum’s birthday is coming up so this year she will get a nice present, not just a text apologizing for being a poor student who can’t afford gifts. Thank you again!

Natasha is the lucky winner.

Natasha Burton is the lucky winner of SpareRoom’s Live Rent Free in January competition.

Natasha lives in London (N8) so her prize of a month’s rent (according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index ) is £645.66.

Wow that’s amazing news!! This will come in handy for my holiday in a couple of weeks and I will be saving some of it as I’m trying to save for a mortgage. After many years of sharing in London I would love to finally own my own home, so thanks SpareRoom, you’ve got me off to a great new year! I have always used SpareRoom and thanks to you guys I met one of my best friends from my first house share, I will most definitely continue to recommend it to all my friends!

Max is the lucky winner.

Max Heinze is the lucky winner of SpareRoom’s Live Rent Free in December competition, notching up another win for the boys in the process.

Max lives in Canterbury (CT1) so his prize of a month’s rent (according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index ) is £437.67.

Thank you very much indeed - this is not just good but great news! I’ve been in shared accomodation since leaving uni, as I’m so far from even beginning to look at a mortgage. Seeing as it’s the festive time of year, a large share of the prize will go on presents and entertainment over the next few weeks, the rest will hopefully go towards a diving holiday in the new year. Funnily enough I was saying to a friend that she should use SpareRoom as she’s now looking for somewhere to live in London. I even went as far as to mention the Live Rent Free competition and that I enter every month but never really thought I’d be a winner!

Joe is the lucky winner.

This month’s Live Rent Free winner is Joe Swallow, making it 3 in a row for the boys (although they’re still way behind at 31-12).

Joe lives in Surbiton (KT6) so his prize of a month’s rent (according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index ) is £563.33.

Wow, amazing news! Thank you. I’ve been renting for about 4 years since leaving uni, and I’ve used SpareRoom a few times to find myself a place to live and also to find new housemates. I’ve recommended it to a few of my mates who have successfully used it too. I’ve been very lucky in making a great bunch of friends through SpareRoom (who still live together), so I’ll have to go on a night out with them to celebrate this win! I’ll put the remainder towards a ski holiday this winter. Thank you again so much, this has made my month!

Ed is the lucky winner.

Another month, another competition, another male winner and...another birthday boy.

Ed lives in Fulham (SW6) so wins a whopping £836.33, based on the average rent for a double room in Fulham according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index .

Ed won with one of his 16 loyalty entries, which are extra free entries we give out for entering the competition every month. Over 90% of our winners come from loyalty entries so it’s definitely worth persisting.

Thank you so much for choosing me, I have been entering the competition diligently for a couple of years never expecting to win. What a great start to October, and in time for my birthday at the end of the month. I am currently living with my sister in Fulham, which is great for a quiet night in, heading to the cinema or a good night out. Looking forward to going away scuba diving to the red sea later in the year with the winnings. I have been diving for about 10 years and am looking at getting my instructorship this year. I currently work in the middle office for an investment management firm based in the west end, and have been with them for 3 months, and enjoying it a lot.

Andy is the lucky winner.

September’s Live Rent Free winner is Andy McSkimming

Yes, at last folks, we have another male winner. About time too! Andy lives in Tooting (SW17) so wins £585, based on the average rent for a double room in Tooting according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index .

Andy won with one of his 31 loyalty entries - yes that’s 31! - which are extra free entries we give out for entering the competition every month.

This is absolutely fantastic news! I’ve diligently entered this competition for a few years now and not only did this news come through on my birthday, but I’m also in the process of looking to move from SW London to the East, so the news is both wonderful and amazingly timely.

I’ve loved sharing over the years with friends, strangers who became friends, and also living on my own, but sharing for me is my preferred living style. Not only can it help keep costs down but, when you get the right bunch of people together, it really gives me a great sense of a home feeling; somewhere to truly relax in and not just somewhere people are living together in a house!

Once again, thank you so much for all this SpareRoom. You’ve given this boy a perfect start to the new Birthday Year!

Lucy is the lucky winner.

This month Lucy Brown has won our Live Rent Free competition

Lucy lives in London’s East End (E1) so her prize, based on the average rent for a double room according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index , is £667.33.

Lucy had 7 loyalty entries (additional free entries we give out to people who regularly enter the competition or encourage their friends to enter) but won with her original entry.

This is amazing, thank you. I?ve always been unlucky with competitions, but this is literally the best news I’ve had in ages! I’ve been living in a flatshare for a year now, beforehand I was living in one in Bethnal Green with 4 others, but me and my friend Anna have been living together in our little house this year and it?s been lovely.

I really like flatshares because you go through the whole thing together, the bills, the funny little things you learn to do like tidying and cooking - it’s just like having a sister! And we’re both only children so I think we appreciate that. She’s now going off to Warwick and I’m staying in London to pursue my career in Fashion Photography after finishing 3 years at London College of Fashion.

Benjamin is the lucky winner.

This month it’s Benjamin Barker who’s Living Rent Free

It took us a while to get hold of July’s winner but we found him in the end! Benjamin is living in Grimsby (GM32) so his prize, based on the average rent for a double room according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index , is £305.33.

Benjamin entered for the first time two months previously and won with his loyalty entry (additional free entries we give out to people who regularly enter the competition or encourage their friends to enter).

Thank you so much for choosing me as the winner! This has come at a great time as I’m living in a hostel in Grimsby at the moment. This money will be a great help as I’m trying to get enough saved to move back to York. It was a great surprise to win this competition as I have only been using SpareRoom for a couple of months and I would like to say thank you to my girlfriend for encouraging me to enter every month!

Christine is the lucky winner.

This month it’s Christine McAuslan’s turn to Live Rent Free

Christine lives in Glasgow (G42) so her prize, based on the average rent for a double room according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index , is £364.

Christine won with one of her 16 loyalty entries (additional free entries we give out to people who regularly enter the competition or encourage their friends to enter).

Thank you so much, this is the best news I’ve had in a while! I’ve been sharing for a couple of years because I don’t have the money to get a flat on my own. I have tried to enter the competition every month as there is no real reason not to because it is so easy to enter, and am now very glad that I did. This comes at a great time as I’m currently trying to get the money together to book flights for my holiday to Greece, and hopefully clear a bit of debt!

Maryline is the lucky winner.

We’re paying Maryline David’s rent this month!

Maryline lives in Streatham, SW16, so it’s another London winner (and another female winner!). Maryline’s prize, based on the average rent for a double room according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index , is £537.33.

Maryline won with one of her loyalty entries (additional free entries we give out to people who regularly enter the competition or encourage their friends to enter).

The timing is so perfect that it is hardly believable: I am just ecstatic!!!

I currently live in Streatham, and have just returned to work as a teaching assistant in my local school after 9 months of maternity leave, during which credit card debt had started to pile up. My son, my husband and I currently live in a shared house until we are able to afford a bigger place or decide to move to a cheaper location. I have used SpareRoom in the past and I enter the competition every month when I don’t forget about it. I generally share the link on Facebook for friends to join as it is so easy to enter.

Alex is the lucky winner.

Our lucky winner this month is Alex

Congratulations to Alex Fisher, who lives in Peckham (SE15). The average rent for a double room in SE15, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index , is £546 so that’s her prize.

That’s amazing news!! I can’t beleive it! I’ve literally never won anything ever!! And after entering every month for over 2 years I’d almost given up hope!

I’m a Quality Assurance Analyst working in Aldgate and living in the mighty Peckham, SE London. I moved to London in 2008 after a year teaching in Japan and moved straight into a shared house. Living in London is so expensive and, with rent going through the roof, sharing is a really excellent way to make it affordable and meet some great friends along the way. I’ve met a boatload of fun and interesting people and sharing definitely helped me settle into London life!

The money will come in really handy as, being 28, apparently I’m at ’that age’ and all my friends have started to get married! So I think I’ll be using the cash to make sure I’ve got some fantastic outfits for the 4 weddings I have lined up this year! Maybe it will stretch to a few glasses of champers too.

Natashka is the lucky winner.

Natashka is living rent free in March!

Congratulations to Natashka Brown, who lives in East London (E1). She wins £654.33, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index .

I’m a West End theatre lighting technician and had been living alone for seven years before I found my present flatshare on SpareRoom last year. It was a good way for me to move into a new area and find out what to do and where to go. Having just ended a six month contract, I’m using the site again to find my dream share apartment, hopefully with a great social element and in a great location. I’ve entered the competition on numerous occasions and never thought I’d win, it has come just at the right time. I’d like to use the money to go to Barcelona and celebrate a friend’s 50th but I’m sure it will come in handy with my room deposit too!! Thank you SpareRoom

Cynthia is the lucky winner.

Well done to Cynthia, who is living rent free in February!

Our latest Live Rent Free winner is Cynthia Speed, who lives in Hammersmith (W6). She wins £766.66, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index .

FANTASTIC news. You have made my Wednesday! Every month I enter and never once thought I would be successful! I am currently living in London on a Youth Mobility visa and have been living in the area for 18 months. I share with 2 fellow Australians in the Hammersmith/Fulham hub of good bars, restaurants and nightlife (that’s of course debatable depending on who you ask).

When I am not working in HR/Learning & Development for a bank near the West End of London, I like to travel and spend time with friends. I entered the competition as it is a great initiative (who can say no to free rent!?) and I will most likely be spending the cash on a new wardrobe for travel. I am going to Budapest, Poland and Prague in a few weeks in -20 temps. Might treat myself to a North Face jacket and accessories! (and may shout my friends a round of drinks at the bar if I have any change!)

Thank you so much SpareRoom. 1) for helping me find a house on your site and 2) assisting me with this much needed cash!

Nina is the lucky winner.

The winner of our first Live Rent Free of 2012 is...Nina!

January’s Live Rent Free winner is Nina Dibb, who lives in Newry (BT35), so wins £312, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index .

I’ve been sharing house for the last 3 years, which gives me the opportunity to live in a lovely area and big beautiful house. I would have had a difficult 3 years if I didn’t share, as I was studying at the university full-time (Monday-Friday 9am -5pm) and have no time to earn much money. Finishing university and starting first year work is not easy either when you have a student loan behind you, so I am so excited and pleased that I won this month, especially this is a first time I won something in my life. I never believe in competitions, same as many other people, but it’s all changed now. I am so excited. I will pay for my mammy’s holiday, so she can finally visit me in Ireland, and maybe visit my friend in Amsterdam.

Kerry is the lucky winner.

Well done Kerry, winner of Live Rent Free in December.

This month’s Live Rent Free winner is Kerry Phillips. Kerry lives in Brixton (SW9), so wins £611, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index .

What a windfall just before Christmas, thank you so much SpareRoom! I’ll spend the money on a some more gifts, wine and chocolate for my family. And some new shoes for me. I share a flat in Brixton with my flatmate who I found through SpareRoom, we’re both saving for a place of our own but in the meantime we’re happily ensconced in a two-bed near the Academy! I always click on this competition and can’t believe I’m the winner this month - Happy Christmas everyone!

Natalie is the lucky winner.

Congratulations to Natalie, winner of Live Rent Free in November.

We have a winner of our special Live Rent Free in November competition - run in conjunction with Sarah Beeny’s Mysinglefriend.com . The winner is...Natalie Ross who wins an iPad plus a month’s rent. Natalie lives in Leeds (LS13), so wins £320.66, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index .

I live and work in Leeds. I’m sharing at the moment so I can afford to live somewhere a bit nicer than I could afford on my own. I have had a tough year so it was great to have a bit of good luck for a change, I can’t believe that I won in the month you were giving away an iPad too!!! I’ve wanted one for ages but couldn’t justify the cost. I have a couple of weekends away planned, visiting friends in Galway and Zurich so I’ll be changing the money into Euros and treating myself to Guinness and glühwein.

Maurizio is the lucky winner.

Congratulations to Maurizio, winner of Live Rent Free in October.

At last, we have another male winner (our last was back in April)! SpareRoom’s Live Rent Free in October competition has been won by Maurizio Parenti. Maurizio lives in Kensington (W14), so wins £758.33, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index .

I am a sales manager working in London and a monthly "bonus" is something I always look forward to. I’ve used SpareRoom a few times before and started entering the competition religiously every month, so it now finally paid off! I have also recommended it to a number of people I know. I live in a very expensive area, Kensington (W14) and thanks to this great news I can pay off my credit card and buy a nice gift for my mum who lives in Italy.

Tanne is the lucky winner.

The winner of Live Rent Free in September is Tanne. Congratulations.

SpareRoom’s Live Rent Free in September competition has been won by Tanne. Tanne lives in Vauxhall (SE11), so wins £567.66, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index .

I’ve used SpareRoom a couple of times, and I have been entering the competion each month since last summer. I’m sharing with one other in Vauxhall at the moment, but until recently was living in a house of four girls in Fulham and found SpareRoom really useful for finding new flatmates each year. I’ve built up quite a number of entries - it’s so easy to click on the link in the email each month, but I never thought I’d actually win! The timing is perfect as my laptop has just broken so I will put the money towards a new one, and I am also going on holiday in a couple of weeks so it should fund a few nights out!

Ivana is the lucky winner.

Congratulations to Ivana, our 28th Live Rent Free winner

Our August Live Rent Free winner is Ivana. Ivana lives in Acton (W3), so wins £546, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index . Ivana won with one of her 17 loyalty awards, given to people who enter regularly. Most of our winners do so it definitely pays to keep entering.

I received the good news while on holiday. It was a great surprise as I usually don’t enter any competitions. I will definitely spend the money I have won on a few lovely presents for my loved ones, as well as some books I need for my profession and leisure time. I am just about to move to a new place so the money will come handy to make my new home really cosy too. Thank you very much once again!

Jennifer is the lucky winner.

Congratulations to Jennifer, our Live Rent Free in July winner

Do girls just enter competitions more than boys do? Certainly looks that way as we have yet another female Live Rent Free winner to announce.

Our Live Rent Free in July winner is Jennifer Hall, who lives in W5 (Ealing), so wins £663, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index . Jennifer won with one of her 11 loyalty awards, for entering regularly. Most of our winners do so it definitely pays to keep entering.

Like so many young professional Londoners, I can’t afford to rent a place on my own so sharing is my only option. SpareRoom.co.uk has been my lifeline for the past few years and I have found my last 3 homes (including my current one) through here. It is far superior to other flat sharing websites because it gives you details about the flat / house as well as the flat mates, it is so important to know who you will be living with as well as where you are living. I am going to spend the money on a trip to see my best friend and her baby boy, because I missed his first birthday last month as I was moving to my new flat.

Rachael is the lucky winner.

Our Live Rent Free in June winner is Rachael

This month’s Live Rent Free winner adds another to the ’Girls’ column - the totals now stand at 19-7 in favour of the ladies.

Our Live Rent Free in June winner is Rachael Chambers, who lives in EH11 (Edinburgh), making her prize £351, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index . Rachael won with one of her loyalty awards for entering regularly.

It was a huge surprise when the e-mail arrived telling me I’d won and I’m still in shock about it. I always enter the competition as it only takes a minute to click on the link from the e-mail. I’ve found my past two flatmates on SpareRoom as the website was really easy to use and I got loads of responses. I’m going to Madrid this summer so this will make it an even better trip.

Gemma is the lucky winner.

Our Live Rent Free in May winner is Gemma - congratulations!

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!

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.

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!

Neil is the lucky winner.

Congratulations to Neil McCallum, our Live Rent Free in April winner

This month’s winner is Neil McCallum, who lives in BT7 (Belfast). According to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index the average monthly rent in Neil’s postcode (and therefore his prize) is £281.66.

Thank you SpareRoom.co.uk, couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the email! This will definitely come in handy! I’ve been doing this competition fairly on and off since I signed up to SpareRoom a few years ago when I was living in England. I was looking for new living arrangements and it helped me get in touch with quite a few property shares which I was interested in. It also was a great help when I was moving back home to Northern Ireland as it had a great selection for there also. I’m currently sharing in an apartment near the centre of Belfast with a couple of friends which suits me down to the ground as I’m close to all my other friends and it’s handy for work (and socialising of course). Going to put the money towards paying off the snowboard holiday I’m just back from and it’ll hopefully help me along the way to booking my next holiday sooner than I was expecting! Happy days! Thanks again!

Annalena is the lucky winner.

Congratulations Annalena Oestreich, our March winner

Our Live Rent Free winner this month is Annalena. Annalena lives in N19 (north London) so wins £550.33, which is the average rent for a double room including bills in the area, based on SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

When I received the news, I couldn’t quite believe it – I’ve never won anything, so I’m completely bowled over! I used SpareRoom.co.uk to find a new place to live over a year ago and have been entering the competition almost every month since then – without really expecting to win (I just compulsively enter every competition I come across...). I’ve been living in a house-share in Tufnell Park for a while since it’s cheap and in walking distance of my work, but I’m planning on moving again soon, so the money will certainly come in handy. Or maybe it will go towards my well deserved holiday that I’ve been planning to go on for ages instead…

Hayley is the lucky winner.

Well done to Hayley Reader, this month’s winner

February’s Live Rent Free winner is Hayley, who lives in Balham (SW12) so wins £606.66, the average rent for a double room including bills in the area, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

As this month’s competition is promoted in conjunction with Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo, Hayley also wins one of 5 signed copies of their new CD ’Almanac’ (which SpareRoom was happy to be able to help finance). 2 further winners also get tickets to one of Emily’s upcoming UK gigs.

I am so shocked that I’ve won. I’ve never won anything in my life! I have entered this competition every month for about 2 years and never for a second thought I would get picked. I have been renting in Balham for 4 years but I fancied a change recently and www.SpareRoom.co.uk is a fantastic website in helping you move/look to move, especially when you cant afford to buy yet. I was planning a trip to Paris for my 30th so the money is going to ensure I can have the best birthday ever! Thanks so much.

Kelli is the lucky winner.

Happy New Year (and congratulations) to Kelli Pearson

Our first winner of 2011 is Kelli, who lives in north London (N1) so wins £641.33, which is the average rent for a double room including bills in the area, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

Fantastic! I will be moving soon (that’s why I’ve been on SpareRoom.co.uk) and could REALLY use the cash towards my new place. I want to stay in the Angel area and I’m looking for a place with more space for doing art, as I am an aspiring painting and sculpture artist. I’m sharing at the moment with a very good friend to save some money and because she’s super easy and fun to live with! :) I entered the competition because I saw it on the site and have entered every now and again for over two years. SO YAY! It worked! :)

Richard is the lucky winner.

Congratulations to Richard Leeds, winner of our Live Rent Free in December competition

So, to our final Live Rent Free of 2010 - well done Richard Leeds. Richard lives in Mile End (E14) so wins £593.66, which is the average rent for a double room including bills in the area, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index. Richard won with one of his loyalty entries, as it would seem most of our winners do! Proof, if any was needed, that its worth entering every month..

That’s brilliant news - will certainly make Christmas shopping a bit easier this year! I’m currently sharing in Mile End with friends - still trying to put off the thought of buying a house yet as renting is so much more flexible (and more fun living with mates). I’d seen a friend post a link on Facebook for the competition and thought I’d give it a go a while back and have kept clicking back each month. Not having to pay rent for a month will be great and will let me spend a bit more on Christmas shopping this year, maybe take a short trip away (and possibly pay off some bills!). Thanks so much - it’s started the week off with a bang!

Sonya is the lucky winner.

Well done to Sonya Weiss, winner of our Live Rent Free in November competition

Sonya lives in Middlesex (UB3) so wins £411.66, which is the average rent for a double room including bills in the area, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index. Sonya won with one of her 7 loyalty entries, which we give as free additional entries to anyone who regularly enters the competition.

I don’t believe it! I have been entering for 6 or 7 months now but never expected to win - I am not generally lucky at this sort of thing; what a nice surprise. This is very good timing - my job situation is a bit precarious at the moment, and I’m waiting to find out if I will still have a job in a month’s time, so any extra to put towards the rent will help. Also I can buy some early Christmas presents and will treat myself to a couple of nice theatre outings, because life is too short to worry about money.

Zara is the lucky winner.

Well done to Zara Martin, winner of our Live Rent Free in November competition

Zara lives in Elstree (WD6) so wins £468 which is the average rent for a double room including bills in the area, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

Well how shocked was I! I’ve entered a few times and this time had the winning feeling so to win bought a massive smile to my face. I share a house in Elstree and have my own large double room as I have so much stuff. SpareRoom.co.uk was and is amazing and has helped me and friends so is fully recomended. Having a month off not paying the rent and bills has left me free to spoil the ones I love - a nice meal is on the cards and some treats for my yorkies Fudge and Toffee and a stress free massage for me. Thanks again, it was well worth entering.

Naomi is the lucky winner.

We’re happy to announce the winner of Live Rent Free in September - Naomi. Once again we have a winner who won with one of their loyalty entries (extra free entries we give away for entering the competition every month). Naomi wins a month’s free rent paid by SpareRoom.co.uk - her prize, based on the average rent for a room including bills in her postcode (N5) is £619.66

The prize is calculated using SpareRoom.co.uk’s Room Rental Index

Wow! Thank you! I’m currently living in central London and used SpareRoom.co.uk recently, as one of my flatmates was moving, and filled the room immediately - the new flatmate moves in this weekend. I find the site easy to use and a really efficient way of filling a vacant room in a flatshare. The money will certainly come in handy!

Sophie is the lucky winner.

We’re happy to announce the winner of Live Rent Free in August, run in association with Speed Flatmating . This month’s winner is Sophie. Sophie wins a month’s free rent paid by SpareRoom.co.uk - her prize, based on the average rent for a room including bills in her postcode (LA1) is £346.66

The prize is calculated using SpareRoom.co.uk’s Room Rental Index

Wow! I’ve entered this competition every month for the past year but never expected anything to come of it! Me and my fiance moved to Lancaster so I could go to the uni and we only had 3 weeks to find somewhere to live after Plan A fell through! SpareRoom was so brilliant and we found somewhere in no time! We now live in a house with a friend of ours and a cat, Oscar. We’ll all enjoy the bubbly I’m going to buy with this money (maybe not Oscar!) then I’ll be reasonably sensible with the rest! Thanks SpareRoom!!

Dominique is the lucky winner.

Persistence pays off - it’s official and this month’s winner Dominique is the perfect example. Dominique won with one of her 5 loyalty entries, gained by entering the competition every month - her prize is £485.33, which is the average monthly rent for a double room in her postcode of N15, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index .

Sweet lord you have no idea how large this smile on my face is. Clicking the ’enter now’ link became habitual and I never expected to win...definitely couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m living in London in a converted warehouse with a bunch of young lovelies, trying to juggle all manner of things as I can’t imagine having my own place for a little while yet. Amazing, cheers Spareroom you’ve enabled me to breathe a little easier!

Helen is the lucky winner.

Congratulations to Helen

Summer is here (sort of) and it’s time to announce our Live Rent Free in June winner - congratulations go to Helen Roberts. Helen lives in IP33 Bury St. Edmunds), London so wins £403 which is the average rent for a double room including bills in the area, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index .

Thanks very much! I’m very happy to win. I’m currently living in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk but have been using the site to look for somewhere to live in Cambridge as I have started working there. I’m a 26 year old female and like living in houseshares as a way to meet new people. The money is really going to come in handy as I am about to move again, for the 3rd time in 9 months (!) so it will really help with the costs - hopefully I can use a little bit of money to help me enjoy all this sunny weather.

Margarida is the lucky winner.

Congratulations to Margarida

Margarida Mendes is the latest winner of SpareRoom’s Live Rent Free competition and wins a month’s rent. Well done! Margarida won with one of her loyalty entries (an extra free entry we give away to anyone who enters each month). Margarida lives in N1, London so wins £658.66 which is the average rent for a double room including bills in the area, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index .

I can’t believe I really won this month’s competition! I could not be happier, thank you so much SpareRoom. I’m 24 years old and I’m Portuguese - I just moved to London recently and life here can be very expensive, this money will help me a lot. Thanks to the competition I will be able to save some money and follow one of my dreams - to take a web design course

Cathy is the lucky winner.

Cathy Miggin wins a month’s rent

Cathy is our latest winner of 2010 and is owed an apology after our MD getting stranded in Tokyo by the volcanic ash drama delayed us getting her prize out - sorry Cathy! Cathy lives in HA3 (Harrow Weald) so wins £411.66 which is the average rent for a double room including bills in the area, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index .

Wow this could not have come at a better time! I am working as a temp and this money is a godsend! It’s been a quiet week for work with not many shifts. I recently moved to the UK just 8 weeks ago and renting in harrow HA3. Unbelievably five years after finishing secondary school in Ireland I am now living the dream in London with my classmates Michael and Rachel. Finding it hard to believe I am here but l love the area and glad to have SpareRoom.co.uk to help me in my search

Robert is the lucky winner.

Well done Robert Kingsbury

Robert is our 3rd winner of 2010 (and our second male winner in a row, is the tide turning in favour of the boys?). He lives in BH9 (Bournemouth) so wins £372.66 which is the average rent for a double room including bills in the area, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index .

Im sharing at the mo as things at home changed. The site’s been really helpfully and easy to use - the search is really easy to use and great for getting a room were you want. I never win anything so this is a great surprise.

Ian is the lucky winner.

Congratulations Ian Evans

Ian is our second winner of 2010 so well done Ian. He nearly wasn’t though as his computer broke and he didn’t get any of our emails - we were about to pick a new winner after a month trying to get hold of him when we got his phone call to say he’d just checked his emails and got our messages!

Ian lives in B20 so wins £368.33 which is the average rent for a double room including bills in the area, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index .

I cannot believe I have won, I have never won anything like this before and to be honest never thought I would.

With just starting a new job it has been pretty tough catching up with all my bills, so winning this fantastic prize with SpareRoom has now given me the chance to do this and also have a fun month with money I would never have had (and I think a good night out with the lads is very much needed).....cheers SpareRoom.

Claire is the lucky winner.

Congratulations Claire Parker

Well done Claire Parker, our first Live Rent Free winner of 2010!

Claire lives in NE1 so wins £398.66 which is the average rent for a double room including bills in the area, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index .

That is brilliant! This has definitely just made my January! I’m 22 and just about to start my new job this month as a Marketing Co-ordinator, after graduating from Newcastle University last year. As I am starting my new job one month rent free will really take the financial strain off me (and my parents!). I will most likely go and spend the money on beautiful new furniture for my bedroom or maybe a weekend away, and definitely several bottles of wine for me and my lovely new housemate! Thankyou Spareroom!

Graham is the lucky winner.

Congratulations Graham Jones

Well done to Graham Jones, our final Live Rent Free winer of the year

Graham lives in S2 so wins £301.28 which is the average rent for a double room including bills in the area, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

It’s been a tough year, with the current recession and redundancy halting any plans I had for buying a house, so renting’s my only current option. SpareRoom’s my first port of call for checking what’s currently available in and around the area (as well as all over the UK), and has made looking for a cosy place of residence a lot easier. The site’s just so easy to use!

I entered this competition thinking- "it’ll never happen- but ahh- what the heck...", so to think I’ve actually gone and been picked has really made my Christmas (and year). Inevitably I guess most of the money won will go on prezzies for friends and family but not before cooking up a decent slap-up Christmas meal for me and my mates.

Claire is the lucky winner.

Well done to Claire Lander!

Congratulations to Claire Lander, winner of our Live Rent Free in November competition

Claire lives in BS16 so wins £338 which is the average rent for a double room including bills in the area, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

I am a student living in Bristol. I house share with a family (the owners), I’m having a great time but do need to work to help with living expenses, this money will go towards Christmas pressies instead of me having to do extra shifts. Thank you very much, this is fab.

Fraser is the lucky winner.

Well done to Fraser C!

At last we have another male winner! Congratulations Fraser.

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I'm currently beginning a degree course, and I'm sharing a house because its good fun, and the student banter is good! I entered the competition because it seemed worth a try, especially with all the Uni debt I have to look forward too! The money will be a fantastic start to Uni life!

Aisling is the lucky winner.

This month’s winner is Aisling O’Neill - congratulations Aisling!

We’re delighted to announce our 4th Live Rent Free winner, congratulations Aisling O’Neill, winner of Live Rent Free in September! Aisling lives in Bath so wins £351.17, which is the average rent for a double room including bills in the area, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

I am 22 and a second year student in Bath. I wanted to live away from the traditional student lifestyle, so I found a room on SpareRoom living with young professionals. Unfortunately the rent is slightly higher than I had budgeted for, so I would imagine that the money will go towards that, while I hope to save a little for a holiday and for my course books. Thank you!

Lauren is the lucky winner.

This month’s winner is Lauren Tones - congratulations Lauren!

We’re delighted to announce our third Live Rent Free winner, congratulations Laura Tones, winner of Live Rent Free in August! Lauren lives in Streatham, London SW16 so wins £472.33, which is the average rent for a double room including bills in the area, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

I am 26 and have been living in London for just under 2 years with my wonderful flatmate/landlady Sally (who I found on SpareRoom). With life in the capital being much more expensive than my hometown of Hartlepool, renting a room nearby to my workplace in Brixton was the best and cheapest option. The money will pay off my credit card bill - but I should probably put some of the money towards a mop and bucket, as I don’t do enough on that front! I can’t believe I’ve won - I’m so happy! Thank you!

Natasha is the lucky winner.

This month’s winner is Natasha Rattu - congratulations!

We’re delighted to announce our second Live Rent Free winner, congratulations Natasha Rattu, winner of Live Rent Free in July! Natasha lives in Duffield, Derbyshire so wins £337.50, which is the average rent for a double room including bills in the area, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

I was amazed to learn I had won, as I never usually enter competitions and to win is simply fantastic! I hope to save some of the money for when i go back to university in September to continue with my legal studies. I also hope to save some of the money for a little break with my loved ones!

Joanne is the lucky winner.

The winner of our competition to win a whole year’s rent is Joanne Ley - congratulations Jo!

We’re thrilled to be able to announce the winner of our Live Rent Free competition. So far we’ve given away 4 month’s rent to winners of the single month competition but it’s great to be able to give someone a whole year’s rent. Jo lives in London SW12 so wins £7,072, which is the average rent for a double room including bills in the area, according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index.

As some of you may have read, Jo nearly missed out on her prize when her email junk filter junked our email telling her she’d won! Luckily we managed to get hold of her in the end - for the full story see the SpareRoom blog . Don’t forget, the competition to win a month’s rent is still running every single month so enter now

I’m 24 years old, I moved to London from Manchester in order to go back to university, where I study illustration. I first went on SpareRoom.co.uk because it seemed a more personal and friendly way to find people to live with - I entered the competition on a whim then forgot all about it. I have to say when I read your email my brain stopped responding to what I was seeing which is a bit worrying for an art student. Now the shock has worn off only marginally I can say with confidence that I’m pretty freakin chuffed. I have no idea what I’ll spend the money on, I guess once the surprise has worn off (which frankly will take a while) I’ll have a mull around the old noggin. Probably gona be a Cintiq which is a sort of computer screen you can draw on. Then I guess lots of nice books and beer for my friends. In conclusion if I really have won this competition I love you sincerly and forever!

Stefan is the lucky winner.

We?re delighted to announce our very first Live Rent Free winner, congratulations Stefan Berry, winner of Live Rent Free in June! Stefan lives in Chiswick so wins �606.67, which is the average rent for a double room including bills in the area, according to SpareRoom?s Room Rental Index.

Wow! I?ve never won anything before. I am in something of a state of shock - that?s absolutely fantastic - I?m completely staggered and it couldn?t have come at a better time. I?m 35 - I?ve been sharing housing in London ever since I moved here in 1998, basically because it?s the best way to get yourself somewhere nice to live where you?ll have enough room to swing your proverbial cat, have enough cash to spend some of it on enjoying yourself rather than everything on rent, allows you the flexibility to see a lot of different areas of London before deciding where you might like to settle (I have lived all over London in the last 11 years) and is a good way to meet new people - a lot of my best friends now are people I?ve lived with over the years. I expect I will spend the money on my summer holiday, which will be a major shot in the arm!