To Be, or Not to Be ("Be" = "Have a Roommate")

A couple of weeks ago, my roommate announced that she had found a cheaper apartment (actually, it's larger, cheaper, and she gets to have a cat -- pretty compelling).

Now I'm trying to decide if I want a roommate. I have a beautiful apartment near Lloyd Center, so I should have no problem getting someone. When I was recently unemployed, I racked up a bit of credit card debt and a roommate would make it easier to just wipe that out. I can easily afford this place myself, but I can think of better ways to spend my money.

On the other hand, it's also nice to have a place to myself. I'd probably go nuts if I had a roommate who watched a lot of TV or left clothes strewn on the coffee table. Decisions, decisions ...
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Allow yourself the luxury of living alone for at least a couple months. Then see...
I moved out when I was 16 with a roomate that was never home. Since I was 18 all the utilities were in his name. Turns out that he was taking my half of the bills and putting it in his pocket. I promptly moved out.

After finishing high school, I joined the Army where my first 2 months where I shared living quarters with 59 other men and then the next 6 months living with 8 other men and finally my remaining year and 4 months living in a barracks room by myself. Though I never matriculated into college, I would guess that the barracks life is much like a college dorm.

From that point forward (December of 98) until present I have lived alone. Sure, I have had girlfriends stay the weekend or the occasional house guests - but for the most part it has been just me.

My advice to you - if you have any intention of having a long term live in significant other - do not go very long without a roomate. Having "my" stuff and "my" space with an uncomprimising nature can sneek up on you very quickly - trust me. This doesn't mean you can't afford yourself the pleasure of some time alone - just be weary of the overbearing control freak when it comes to how to organize the toiletries in the bathroom.

You can always try not having a roommate for a couple of months and see how it goes financially. That would also give you a chance to look for the perfect roommate. Personally, I would rather not have a roommate.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: move. This is why:
1. You don't really want a roommate, but you _do_ want a cat.
2. The fact that your landlord says they're ok financially even when 2 of the 4 units in your building are empty means that you're paying too much rent.
3. Your bathtub sucks ass.
4. If you do stay there on your own all that extra rent money basically goes down the drain instead of to the bills you want to pay off. You could also be putting it toward a down payment on a house or condo, which is something you've been thinking about for a long time.

That's my quarter's worth!
You have some good points, but I disagree with #2. My rent is cheap for my neighborhood and the reason why the landlord can afford to have one or two units empty is because they are fairly well off -- not because they're gouging me.

All of your other points are perfectly true, though. I just hate the thought of packing, hunting for an apartment, moving, etc. And despite the lack of cat, it's a beautiful apartment (you should know, you picked it out :)
Ooo I wish you luck on this one. I wouldn't have roomies now if they weren't who they are as humans. I also knew exactly what I was getting into when I signed on to be roomies. Cheaper living is nice, especially when it comes to paying off debt and such... and then having money to travel if one so desires after debt is paid.

However, given you can afford to live alone, why not just do it for a month or two. Don't be in any hurry to find a roomie... enjoy the space.