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Moving out-Living with roommates-Experiences

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by West24, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. West24

    West24 Senior member

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    okay so right now i live in the suburbs of toronto. when summer comes i have to be out of here and living downtown. i cant take the suburbs much longer as i love a fast paced life and goin out spontaneously etc. and it aint that easy to do in the suburbs. im looking at places with 3-4 roommates because i think it would be fun to meet new people and be able to have someone to just go out with whenever etc. im very easy going so i dont think id have a problem dealing with roommates. what have your experiences been with roommates?
     
  2. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Senior member

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    when u move out i can come visit u and we can get drunk in ur place but not in public cause im ugly and a big embarasseemtn but we can chill and be cool
     
  3. GQgeek

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    3-4 roommates is too much. I'd say 2 max. i'd also want to make sure i knew them well in advance. Bonus points if they are not disgusting slobs, but most young guys are. For me, the irritation isn't worth it. I don't like waiting for the bathroom, or not being able to use the kitchen cause someone else is in there or has left the sink filled with dishes. I don't like having to bust balls for them to do their part of the cleaning, or even just to clean up after themselves. And there's nothing worse to waking up for work in the morning and going in to the bathroom to take a shower only to realize that it reeks of someone else's fecal matter.

    Then again, my best friends are people i lived in the same dorm as.
     
  4. West24

    West24 Senior member

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    when u move out i can come visit u and we can get drunk in ur place but not in public cause im ugly and a big embarasseemtn but we can chill and be cool
    exactly!
    3-4 roommates is too much. I'd say 2 max. i'd also want to make sure i knew them well in advance. Bonus points if they are not disgusting slobs, but most young guys are. For me, the irritation isn't worth it. I don't like waiting for the bathroom, or not being able to use the kitchen cause someone else is in there or has left the sink filled with dishes. I don't like having to bust balls for them to do their part of the cleaning, or even just to clean up after themselves. And there's nothing worse to waking up for work in the morning and going in to the bathroom to take a shower only to realize that it reeks of someone else's fecal matter.

    Then again, my best friends are people i lived in the same dorm as.


    yeah but i think me and you are very different....
     
  5. milosz

    milosz Senior member

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    The only way I'm living with someone again is if we're fucking on a regular basis.
     
  6. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Senior member

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    The only way I'm living with someone again is if we're fucking on a regular basis.

    You live in Toronto? Westy needs help to get laid anyway.
     
  7. West24

    West24 Senior member

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    You live in Toronto? Westy needs help to get laid anyway.

    thats a fucking lie you piece of shit now take it back.
     
  8. Milhouse

    Milhouse Senior member

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    I'm pretty laid back, so I don't tend to have problems with roommates. I try to be quiet when I come home late, I tolerate them coming home late, so on and so forth. In my college days I lived with lots of random people. I also make friends pretty easily, so that stuff was never a problem.

    Although, I did have a roommate in the dorms in college that wouldn't get the hint that I was trying to screw the girl I brought back to the room. He'd sit there and play computer games and stuff, all oblivious to what was going on. Nice guy though, just really really oblivious.
     
  9. Master-Classter

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    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.
     
  10. Xiaogou

    Xiaogou Senior member

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    I wouldn't do it if was with anyone I did not know very well.
     
  11. briancl

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    I've had some good and some bad experiences with roommates. Definitely no more than 2, but just shop around. I'm sure there are many listed on craigslist, so just meet some potentials and go from there.
     
  12. Dakota rube

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    I'm of the mind that a man should quit roommates and footie pajamas at the same time.
     
  13. briancl

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    I'm of the mind that a man should quit roommates and footie pajamas at the same time.

    I think its a great way to save some money. It's fine if you are young, and it can actually be a lot of fun as well. One of my former roommates, who I met randomly during a roommate search, has turned into a good friend. I think it is important to find roommates who are in the same position in life. We were all professionals in our 20's.

    I went from paying 800/mo in rent plus 250/mo in utilities, to paying 450/mo all in, and living in a better neighborhood. At 22, it was well worth it to me.
     
  14. IUtoSLU

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    Living with my wife in my clean home now, I look back at my college years (with 4 other roommates) and think that I would rather die than move back to that.
     
  15. Brian278

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    One or maybe two other roommates can save you a lot of money with minimal inconvenience. And it has other benefits as well--their friends become your friends, if you guys are at the same place in life you always have someone to go to a bar with, if you have the same friends you can carpool a lot of places, etc. Unless you're really making bank it just makes sense to live with at least one other person in your early 20s.

    Once you get to above 3 people using the same kitchen it becomes harder to enforce cleanliness standards, especially in the kitchen, and shit goes downhill fast.
     
  16. West24

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    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.


    i also live in thornhill....dam lol. thanks for all the advice. most of the places im looking at are around 5-600 all in. so that would save a lot of money. im also looking around the kensington market area if anyone is familiar with it.
     
  17. constant struggle

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    3-4 roommates is too much. I'd say 2 max. i'd also want to make sure i knew them well in advance. Bonus points if they are not disgusting slobs, but most young guys are. For me, the irritation isn't worth it. I don't like waiting for the bathroom, or not being able to use the kitchen cause someone else is in there or has left the sink filled with dishes. I don't like having to bust balls for them to do their part of the cleaning, or even just to clean up after themselves. And there's nothing worse to waking up for work in the morning and going in to the bathroom to take a shower only to realize that it reeks of someone else's fecal matter.

    Then again, my best friends are people i lived in the same dorm as.


    +1 I absolutely hate living with slobs, the worst is when you have to clean the pots/pans you want to use to cook with before you have to use them.
     
  18. JoeWoah

    JoeWoah Senior member

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    I've had a minimum of 3 roommates since I've lived in DC. Currently I have 3 as well, but I had 8 when I first moved here as an intern (we had our own rooms, it was a WISH big house in Stanton Park). In any case, my first 8 roommates and I are still best friends despite working on different sides of the aisle, living all over the country now and sharing 3 bathrooms but needing to all go to work at the same time every morning.

    The roommates I have now aren't best friends, it's more of a living than partying relationship at this point but we're cordial and it's never been a problem. We're all respectful of one another and if there is a problem we're comfortable enough with each other that we can bring it up directly rather than passive aggressively. Though we do still have that white board for little notes.

    We do have a big sweet rowhouse on The Hill and it's nice to be able to split the major living expenses of cable, internet, utilities, etc... more than 2 ways when you're first starting out.

    Of course, you could always end up with a crazy roommate, I've been pretty lucky.
     
  19. Coldsnap

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    Moved in with a friend when I was 20, his parents gave him a house that was nicer than the house I grew up in. He was a slob and partied a lot, I liked to partied but also went to school; I ended up leaving because I couldn't sleep with all the noise.

    I then moved in with my girlfriend and that didnt work so I just moved into a place by my own.

    I feel much better living alone
     
  20. Nouveau Pauvre

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    West I will move to downtown Toronto. You might have to pay my rent for a couple months while I look for regular conjuring work but I am a really good going out-buddy and wingman! Chicks love magic tricks!
     

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