So you're planning on moving into a new apartment and you think to yourself "I should get a roommate to cut the cost of rent!" Let's take a look into how you should find a good roommate and how to avoid getting stuck with a terrible one.
1. The Friend Roommate
Choosing to live with a friend is a mixed bag. Since you know the friend, you should have a good idea as to their cleanliness, how loud/quiet they are, their interests, and so on. You will also be able to sleep safe knowing that the person you're sharing your apartment with is trustworthy and will pay the bills on time. On the other hand, you might find that living with a good friend can be taxing. There is such a thing as having too much of a good thing. For instance, if you have a friend that's really fun, you might shortly find that being around him or her all the time can be a draining experience. If you choose to live with a friend, make sure you can spend a good deal of time with them without getting annoyed!
2. The Craigslist Roommate
My initial reaction to finding a roommate on Craigslist is as follows: DON'T. Chances are you will have to meet some strange individuals without muchbackground information. If you absolutely need a roommate, go ahead, but otherwise I recommend you stay clear of this route. This option may leave you lying in bed wondering what your roommate is doing clanking around at 4a.m., and why rent hasn't been paid in the last two months. On the up side, you might find a roommate who perfectly fits into your daily routine, but I wouldn't count on it.
3. The Friend-of-a-Friend Roommate
Choosing a friend-of-a-friend as a roommate can be a surprisingly good arrangement. You know the person just enough for them not to be a stranger, but you still have the buffer room of not knowing them too well. At this point in the relationship, you will still ask one another what is acceptable behavior in the home (i.e. how late to play music, dish cleanign rotation, and so on). Since you are casual friends with this roommate, you can feel free to ignore them in your home, or invite them to do things as you feel fit.
4. The Significant Other Roommate
Are you ready to take that step? If so you may find youself with a reliable roommate with whom you feel free sharing space. Since you know this other person intimately, you will be able to leverage out chores and compromise on just about every part of living in the same space. But don't rush this: moving in with your significant other too early can be a relationship killer.