I'm not the roommate type, I'm afraid. I really like my own space and a really quiet place when I get home from work. I have something called hyperacusis and even living at home has been difficult because my dad is pretty deaf and he's constantly banging things around. I'm very hypersensitive to noise. About the only way the roommate thing would work out is if I lived with someone from my young adult group, but they are such outgoing people that they want to have get-togethers at someone's house and that just wouldn't work out as I'm not the entertaining type, either.MissLeopard, could you find a roommate to help bring costs down? Or, would it be possible that you live a bit farther away and commute some days and work from home at times? Or, possibly, you could live in a slightly pricier and closer place, and save costs in other ways, like walking or bicycling to work? Just brainstorming some ideas for you. I don't envy you, it's apparently not a great time for renters. When we bought our house, we were shocked to learn that our monthly mortgage payment would be less than what we were paying monthly in rent. And that was a few years ago and I've read that things have only gotten worse for renters since then, which sounds awful. I hope you can find something good and affordable.
Unfortunately, it's not possible to do work from home in my job. I was out 1 day yesterday and EVERYONE noticed because my job is so demanding (but I LOVE it) and they need me here. The schedule literally goes to pieces when I'm not working.
I think I may have found something this afternoon on Craigslist and my mom is taking a look at it on her way home since she works in that area. It's a studio and is $520 a month. It's in a VERY safe and built-up area - there's even a gate to the complex so it's controlled entry, which I like. Not getting my hopes up too high because it could be different than it looks, but I'm glad to have at least have a hopeful option.