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Roommates.com Tip: It's important to make sure you'll be able to meet all your bills and still have money left for saving for a rainy day and having fun. As you answer roommate-wanted ads, ask potential roommates for details about the cost of living in their East Coast towns and cities. There are also handy cost of living calculators available on the Internet. Keep in mind, however, that you won't have to shoulder all costs alone, since you'll be living with a roommate.