Moving to New York is intimidating enough, but when you add a Craigslist room or roommate search to the mix, the task becomes ten times more daunting.
Good news: It isn't as scary as it seems, and the likelihood that you'll end up with someone straight out ofSingle White Female is incredibly slim.
Chances are, your potential roomies are just as terrified as you are.
In less than a year in New York, I've shopped for a room twice and found roommates for my place once.
The first go-'round was my first time moving to New York. It took weeks of diligent Craigslisting to find the right summer sublet.
The second time, this past December, was the most difficult. During the winter, rooms are harder to come by because fewer people are moving.
Although I tried to start looking for a room in late November, I couldn't find openings for the end of January until at least January 1. Lead time on apartments is generally two weeks to a month, so plan accordingly.
I was down to the wire, finding my current room just one week before I needed to move in. It was the 30th room that I saw.