If it's just for the summer, a few years back I rented a UFT dorm room for about 3-4 months. It was great. Right at yorkville, i had 3 random roomates and they were all ok. I'm not too fussy but all the people I met were generally normal. I think rent was like $750/month... anyway, just an idea. I hear ya about suburby. I'm in T-hill... can make it hard to get out. As for your housing... I've lived in several houses with anywhere from 1 to 5 roommates... In some cases I became really good friends with the one guy, and with the 5 they were all random, strange, and I pretty much tried to only be at home to sleep... My advice is: Stick to 2-3 max. First, post the word around to friends of friends, and at worst post to the public. Then, Important - Literally, interview people. go out for a coffee, drinks, etc. See if you like them. Ive heard of some bad situations, but not all that often. always some crazy story, usually between girls. Don't worry about it too much. But do your diligence. Also, I always made sure to have a meeting up front with everyone to discuss "house rules" and logistics. Make a rotation of chores, curfew hours, grocery/fridge stuff, dirty dishes, friends sleeping over, drugs, etc. I'm not uptight at all, seriously. Just prudent. If it's been discussed, everyone knows.