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The reality is, unless you find the perfect roommate, you're not going to be able to stay in that awesome apartment building. Forget that it's within walking distance to the shopping mall, your university, or your place of work. The sad fact is that without someone to help pay the rent and utility bills, you're going to have to give it up. What's a person to do? Well, before you panic, there are some key things to consider when doing a roommate search.
1) Rally your friends and family. It's possible they know of someone who might be interested in becoming your new roommate. Unless you've recently played a cruel practical joke on your friends or family, they'll probably suggest someone compatible with your lifestyle.
2) If you're in school, conduct your roommate search at the college or university you attend. Campuses usually have public display boards, or other methods (like email) of conducting a roommate search.
3) If you're employed, spread the word among your colleagues that you're looking for the perfect roommate.
The best way to find a perfect roommate is to do your roommate search when you're not under pressure. If you have advanced notice that you're going to need to find a roommate, don't wait until the last minute to start your search, even if the former roommate hasn't moved out yet.