Since 2000, we have run SabbaticalHomes with a focus on providing a platform for academics to find reliable short term, medium term and long term housing. A wonderful result is that we have a thriving community of connected, trustworthy people who treat each other with mutual respect.
Now, to make it even easier for our members to see how connected others are to the community, we have added a Trust Score on each member’s public profile and listings (to maintain privacy, we recommend using an alias on your public profile instead of your full name). The more involved you are with the website (and the more matches announced or confirmed), the higher your Trust Score will be. However, if you are just getting started with SabbaticalHomes, the good news is that earning Trust Points is automatic and easy.
Think of your Trust Score as the first impression you make. You’ll earn Trust Points automatically in each area of the website, and you don’t have to do anything extra to claim your Trust Points. For example, you’ll earn points just by doing simple things like registering, completing your profile, and posting home or tenant listings.
Once you have registered, you’ll be able to contact other members and start looking for the right housing match. Once you announce or confirm a match you found on SabbaticalHomes, you’ll also receive Trust Points as it’s helpful for other members to see that you have successfully arranged housing on SabbaticalHomes. Writing personal references and inviting or referring new members are more ways to earn Trust Points.
Since one of our goals is to help members see others as fairly and transparently as possible, we also award Trust Points for writing reviews. There are even extra Trust Points for receiving 4- or 5-star reviews!
Every member has a Trust Score dashboard, so you can see how many Trust Points you have earned in each category. You will also be able to see ways you can earn more, with links to your Matches, References, Reviews dashboards and more. If you have more questions about how Trust Scores work, how we have awarded Trust Points to longtime members and how to earn Trust Points going forward, please go to our Trust Score FAQ.