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Searching for a room mate in Toronto!

GodfatherGodfather Registered User regular
edited January 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
So here's the deal;


I'm currently studying animation in Toronto, and after discussing it with the folks am planning to stick it out through the summer. There are just too many benefits to staying up here over coming back home to Texas.


My roommate is a clueless eighteen-year-old who's a complete shut-in, with parents who pay the bills for everything. He's one of those asian guys who only hangs around other asian people. I don't really mind this, but because of these tendancies he doesn't really like staying in Toronto because all his buddies are in Mississauga, and not here. So this summer he'll be going home for the break, and (possibly) commuting from his house to school instead of getting/sharing an apartment.


Normally this wouldn't bother me, but the owners of our house have it set up where you only have to pay for the months you stay at the apartment, instead of signing a binding year-long contract. Normally this is pretty bitchin', but for this situation it's actually backfiring for me.


As a result, I need to find myself a new room mate for the summer! In terms of location i'm stationed around the Royal York area, about three subway stops away from Kipling. So in a sense i'm closer to Mississauga than downtown Toronto, meaning that it's probably going to be tough to find a student who wants to room here for the summer, and especially be that far away from downtown universities.

It's kind of a shame, because the quality of the area and access to basic needs is outstanding. You're basically a five minute walk away from a grocery store/bank/drug store/coffee shop/whatever. The size of the apartment is massive for the price someone would pay, and the owners of the house are probably the nicest and most flexible tenants i'll probably ever meet in the city.

But again, most of that usually doesn't matter for students, because if it's not a five minute walk from their school they'll pretty much say "fuck it" and move on with their day.


I have till the end of February to find gather a solid agreement from someone, despite having the place till the end of April. According to canadian laws, I have to let the owners know 60 days ahead of time if i've found a replacement for my roommate, else they'll dump my ass and market the apartment for someone else. This is not good!


I need to get cracking on finding a replacement, stat! What are some things that I can do to get the word out on the place? Right now i'm not too picky, but I would prefer to have a room mate who won't steal my shit, bail out on me halfway through the summer or murder me in my sleep. It'd also be ideal to find someone who's not a weirdo, but at this point I don't think beggars can be choosers.


So H/A, what are some things that I can do to help remedy this situation?



TL: DR - Need a new room mate for May-July months, and possibly during the fall school semester.

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  • RaneadosRaneados police apologist you shouldn't have been there, obviouslyRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    your first stop should be craigslist

    and if there's a bulletin wall or college campus or hell anything where more than 5 people pass it a day near you, print up flyers with tearoff numbers and post around like crazy

    edit: be sure to mention just how good the apartment is. people are always looking for apartments, ESPECIALLY if they can rent it seasonally like you're talking about

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  • TrillianTrillian Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Put it up on craigslist!
    A lot of normal people look on craigslist for roommates, as well as the creepers.

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  • GodfatherGodfather Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    What do I need to do to set up a craigslist account?

    Also my college is actually a private school, with a student body of 150 students at best. I don't think i'll be looking for a room mate there, especially considering a lot of them have zero concept of money, are too fucking young, generally creepy people and are very unreliable.


    It's not really that important, it's just something I thought I would point out.

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  • kachofoolkachofool Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Hey,

    I'm in Toronto (somewhat) and I thought I'd point out a few things.

    * Along with Craigslist, post to Kijiji as well ... also look on the want ads for both of these sites. Summer students / Co-op students will often post ads that they're looking for a place
    * Since you're close to Mississauga you might want to post to the housing listings for UTM, and any other colleges/institutes that are in the area
    * Didn't read every line of the OP but the idea of not being tied to a lease is a huge plus, and so make sure you pimp that fact in your ads

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  • MindLibMindLib Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I don't think you even technically need an account to post on craigslist. Just make sure you're posting in the right area. Pretty self explanatory really.

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  • EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Yeah, no account needed for Craigslist. It's how I find all my roommates.

    Something else you can do, when they email you about it, take their email and plug it into Facebook/MySpace. It's a quick way to get a slightly better idea of who you're dealing with.

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  • MindLibMindLib Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Esh wrote: »
    ....and plug it into Facebook/MySpace. It's a quick way to get a slightly better idea of who you're dealing with.

    interesting stuff... a king amongst men, sir.

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  • EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    MindLib wrote: »
    Esh wrote: »
    ....and plug it into Facebook/MySpace. It's a quick way to get a slightly better idea of who you're dealing with.

    interesting stuff... a king amongst men, sir.

    Yeah, it's saved me from having to bother with many, many, many people.

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  • RaneadosRaneados police apologist you shouldn't have been there, obviouslyRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    handy hint: a LOT of jobs do that now

    so maybe watch what you put on your facebooks and myspaces

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  • EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Raneados wrote: »
    handy hint: a LOT of jobs do that now

    so maybe watch what you put on your facebooks and myspaces

    Yup. I Facebook people when hiring.

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  • GodfatherGodfather Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Man, I never thought about the facebook thing.

    Good thing my profile isn't racy or nothing.

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  • LavaKnightLavaKnight Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    You'd probably know whether they need a place or not, but maybe you have some extended friends on Facebook that need a place as well? It couldn't hurt to make an announcement there as well.

    I'm hoping to start grad school in September at UoT Mississauga, so your place sounds perfect! If you happen to need a roomate around then, let me know! Good luck in the meantime.

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  • MindLibMindLib Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Esh wrote: »
    Raneados wrote: »
    handy hint: a LOT of jobs do that now

    so maybe watch what you put on your facebooks and myspaces

    Yup. I Facebook people when hiring.

    Oh wow, I never thought of that. Better take down those Timothy Leary links.

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  • GodfatherGodfather Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    What are some tips and tricks you guys could give me on setting up a successful ad on Craigslist?


    I'm not asking for a step-by-step plan, just a few boosts so I can hit the ground running!

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