Choosing a roommate is never easy - whether it's the first time or the last time. Here are some tips.
Live with your best friend. This very rarely works out although it seems entirely ideal. Often times the demise of a friendship can be blamed on insignificant issues like dirty dishes.
Live with a total stranger. It's always preferable to at least find an acquaintance or referral whom you know a little bit about, and whom you will feel comfortable with.
Live with a friend who you respect, and who you know respects you. (But again - not a really good friend)
Live with a friend of a friend who comes with a good recommendation from someone you trust, or whom you know to be respectful to their current roommate.
Talk about who is bringing which piece of furniture before moving day.
Be honest with each other about major and minor bad habits you have before signing the lease.
Consider whether you will get along on issues like smoking, drinking, pets, cleanliness, sleeping schedules, study habits, work schedules, noise levels, visitors, finances, etc. If you're nocturnal you don't want to live with an early bird who you'll have to tiptoe around. Alternately you wouldn't want to be an overly clean person living with a slob.
Look for someone who is reliable, trustworthy, friendly, considerate, and who communicates well.
In Toronto you can also check out our residences on the TTC subway's Yonge Line. All residences are within walking distance to the subway, so you and your roommate can travel through the city with ease.