Originally posted by Epitaph
Unless it's a major requirement, I'd avoid having a landline. Temptation's a bast.
Confirm that the shower door keeps the water in. Wee against it to make sure.
You could wee against the door to check the seal, or maybe just turn on the shower head!?
Avoid any landline. Especially if shared with women. Just stick to your mobile.
I've always shared with people I knew previously, and I've never had many problems. But people are always different when you are sharing living space. Have a good long think about what a particular person will be like to live with. Are they fussy over tidyness, what are they like with money, cleaning, sharing food. Will they be reasonable over sharing bills. How anal are you about the above?
I've never shared with strangers. If you do make sure you always have a lock on your door. They might be nice people but they will
get curious and have a root around your room if the door is open and you're away.
Check the surrounding area before you decide to move in. You might think that the gaff is perfect because its right beside your bus stop to work. But you need to think about what else it is near. Supermarket, dry cleaners, video shop, nitelinks, a nice local pub, etc.
If you find a nice plae with people already there who have one free room, make sure you quiz them on everything thats important to you. Don't think "nice gaff, I want it" and not think about the people you're sharing with.
Are there any couples? how many people total? any students? what do the people work at (late nights or 9-5)? are they party animals? smokers? etc.
If its a very nice place and the people seem nice then get some references from previous landlords or people you've shared with.