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If you watch enough Lifetime movies, you'll probably never go to Craigslist in search of a roommate. Once you wade through a listing's generic promises — oh, do you truly never bring the party home? — you start looking for red flags. Anyone who says they're really easy going is probably really messy, right? And, someone who says they like to be friends with their roomie is most definitely a sociopath, no? The anxiety alone is enough to derail an apartment search.
In a city where many of us can't afford to live alone, moving in with people you don't know is a must sometimes — unless you're lucky enough to have a friend of a friend also on the hunt. But, there's a healthy population of completely normal people out there looking for a bunk buddy. Plus, some of the best friendships — and even better cocktail-party conversations — come from these very living situations. Ahead, seven strangers we'd actually consider moving in with.
Warning: These are bound to go fast, so we've included the email contacts for you. Godspeed.
Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.