Ok so my first choice for living off-campus next year fell through. Before anything else, on-campus is not an option, upperclassmen will not receive spots next year (plus I really don't want to).
I have two options:
1. 300 sq. ft. Efficiency. All utilities included for $450. Internet and cable are separate. No dishwasher, washer and dryer are shared with the rest of the building (8 apartments?). Pet friendly which I was planning on with my first option. I have worked out the floor-plan and the apartment has plenty of space for me and my bikes. One downside is the place is 5-10 min away from campus depending on traffic, however there is a bus stop right in front of the building. Finally, my girlfriend will be in a single bed room in the same building, which eases up alot of our and especially her parents concern about her safety coming home from work and such. The main worry is the lease would probably start in April, which means I would either have to find a subleaser or be paying rent for the summer and live up here, when I had planned on living at home one more summer and saving money for a truck/beer/dog/ stuff throughout the year.
2. Large house with 3 other guys. One of the guys is a good friend from back home, my rent would be $300 with no utilities included. Washer/dryer are in the house. Somewhat closer to campus, and also has a bus-stop. No pets. My problem with this house is these guys are slobs, and I will admit to being very anal about cleanliness, both clutter and hygiene. These guys fail at both. Great guys but their apartment is horrendous. I'm afraid the mess will get on my nerves so much I am not going to be comfortable living there, and things will go downhill with the friends. I have talked to two of them about it, and although they say they can try, we all understand it's just not going to happen. They said at the beginning of this year they were going to keep it clean, and everytime I am over there you have to dig out a spot to sit. I could sign the lease today though and have it start the first week of August, when I really need my lease to start.
Is the trouble of a subleaser, the higher rent cost, and the possibility of paying rent throughout the summer worth avoiding the house? Am I just anal-ocd or somewhat normal?