Jmuscle33 saidSo I currently live in the dorms and I wanna finally move out into real apartments. It's hard to find a roommate and I don't want to live with just anyone if anyone at all. So is it possible to live alone these days at a reasonable price? I figure most places will still be way less than what the dorm charges
And what makes an apartment good vs horrible?
It all depends on where you live =S For downtown Toronto, it can cost over one grand per month to rent a bachelor suite. It's impossible to find a place below one grand where you can live on your own. Sharing a flat with other people definitely helps with decreasing your rent by at least half.
I, for example, shared a 4-bedroom (one bathroom with furnished kitchen and living room) flat with three other people. Even though it was in downtown and less than five minutes walk away from campus, the rent was $525 per month. It was a little sketchy, I admit, and our lower floor neighbour liked his music loud, but as long as we kept the flat clean, it was a decent place to live in.
Unfortunately, one of my flatmates was a total snob, and we ended up getting fruitfly infestation because he wouldn't clean up his dishes and whatever he left on the table after eating. If you want to live with someone, make sure you meet them and get to know them thoroughly before you choose to live with them. Get a friend to help you out, if you have to. Being under contract with someone and finding out a month later that your flatmate is someone completely intolerable, then well...it's going to be tough coming back home to deal with all that after long, tiresome hours spent at school.