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Crazy roommates.. what would you do?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by S4lty, Aug 13, 2011.


Where to live

  1. Duh, go with the sweet high rise bachelor pad!

    5 vote(s)
  2. Save $ and take chance with roommates

    1 vote(s)
  3. Ever live in a van down by the river?

    1 vote(s)
  1. S4lty

    S4lty Guest

    College time soon, and that means renting!! Anyone here have experience with renting apartments or having roommates? I've heard the crappy roommate stories. But what are the chances of having a bad one?

    Basically I've got two choices.

    1. Rent a room in a house with two other "unkown" roommates, $550/mo. From pics it looks nice. And the one guy I talked on the phone with seems cool. But who know right.

    2. Rent a bachelor suite in a high rise, $873/mo. Pretty nice looking apartment buliding and room. It would be on the 20th floor!! Everything about this place seems pretty freakin sweet.

    Money isn't an issue here, although saving $300 would be nice. The issue is this whole roommate thing. And I live 3500 kilometres away, so driving over for a look is a no go.
  2. Aran

    Aran Always Present
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    Apr 1, 2000
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    Spend more, live alone. I made it three months with my first set of roommates and four with the second, when I lived in college housing (three people to a two bedroom apartment) without going nuts and finding my own place.

    It was that or kill them. All of them.
  3. Vlaude

    Vlaude Lore Keeper
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    Aug 7, 2003
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    I agree with this. If you think you'll get lonely just invite your friends over, they'll be more than happy you did I would assume. But having a nice quiet place to sleep and study is worth the extra expense in my opinion.
  4. Magdalene

    Magdalene Stratics Legend
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    May 1, 2000
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    I agree with Aran *curses*.
    No, seriously.
    I'd rather pay more, under any circumstances, than share an apartment (also meaning space, bathroom, utensils, silence or lack thereof) with people who are not immediate family or totally best friends.
    Although, given a choice, I'd rather live alone or just with partner/spouse than with anyone...
  5. :lol:
    >I< would suggest ... IF yo!ur gonna "cohabit"
    be the landlord and not the renter
    Get the High end ... make it an understanding
    Thanks for the cost help, BUT: leave a dirty dish in the sink YOU(renter) are OUT:scholar:

    Money isn't an issue here ... Highrise:thumbsup:
  6. Farsight

    Farsight Crazed Zealot
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    May 12, 2008
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    The good:
    When I went to college, dorm-living was required for the first year. My (previously unknown) roommate turned into the best of friends for the next 4 years.
    The bad:
    When I enlisted in the Navy, my first roommates in the barracks were constant party animals. I couldn't get enough sleep, they trashed the room on a regular basis, leaving me to do the cleaning for inspections, etc. As soon as I could, I moved out of that room and picked my own roommate. Again, we were great friends for the whole time I lived there. (Side note, both of those people were kicked out of the Navy after failed rehab)

    It's a craps-shoot, moving into dorms/barracks. My advice is follow everyone else's advice and take your fate into your own hands if you can afford it.
  7. Lord Raven

    Lord Raven Seasoned Veteran
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    Oct 5, 2009
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    I didn't do college, but I've lived in a variety of settings. If money is truly not a problem (and you've factored in utilities, etc.. right?) then go for the solo apartment.

    I'm an avid reader of stories on the collegehumor(dot)com site and they have some horrific college roommate stories.

    In real life, controlling your space is a comfort worth paying for. Enjoy the view!
  8. S4lty

    S4lty Guest

    Ooooh but it seems like I would be missing out! Bad stories, but stories nonetheless. I guess I am biased more towards moving in with roommates because I come from owning my own place with no roommates. Which I must confess, is dull. All with the lack of friends that haven't moved out for college, and the lame ppl I work with who I don't even think of inviting over :thumbdown:

    But yea, above advice seems sound. Heck, with college AND a part time job (that I can pick and choose to which is most fun) I should have it easy finding friends to invite over.

    Nordberg, I almost forgot about collegehumor! If I ever find myself bored sitting alone in my penthouse suite, I'll check it out again and smile at the choice I made.

    Edit: And yes, the $875 includes all utilities. Including parking for my truck, which I'm going to try and find somewhere cheaper (aka free) to park. But no internet, which I'll have to figure out.