Hmmm... I've never lived with roommates... I really want the experience of living with other people and thought it would be a great way of meeting others...developing a family away from home, and decreasing the cost of living.... After talking to a few more people and reading some threads, and having a bad experience choosing a roommate [I had enough sense to get out while I still could -- trust the intuition -- gut goes!], I am having no luck finding roommates AND I'm getting freaked b/c not only will the lease start in a month, but I'm also having nightmares about a "private hell" if you will. I mean...your private space is supposed to be the place you flock to when you need/want to escape a potential "public hell", right?! Ok...any thoughts? And...what of the difference btwn male and female roommates? I posted ads for male roommates b/c I didn't want to deal with sensitivity/over-analysis/and other issues such as borrowed items, etc. that accompanies living with females. Was I wrong to make these overarching assumptions? I know there is huge individual variance...but don't the generalizations account for something. My most recent nightmares have involved the toilet seat being left up all the time! And a pig sty made of my private space. Am I over-preoccupied? Needing some consolation, P.