I know that this post is going to get me labelled as a whiny baby, and I've embraced this. Throughout my ~4 years of undergrad, I've had a solid stream of roommates; I've lived in houses, dorms, apartments, with anywhere between 1 and 5 roommates. Most of them were fine: clean, nice, respectful, quiet. But I simply can't take it, and the best day of my life thus far was when I moved into my own itty-bitty studio apartment by myself. Even when I lived with my girlfriend (after being together for 6 years), I couldn't stand it. I've come to the conclusion that it isn't the roommate or living situation, it's just that I cannot live with other people. When looking into grad school housing options, this is non-negotiable. Those of you who will tell me to get a roommate might as well click the big "X" on the upper right, because this isn't the thread for you. I'm hoping that all is not lost when it comes to graduate school housing options. Certainly I've applied to many schools in the Midwest so that I can afford to live alone. And I know that living somewhere like Rochester, NY or College Park, MD would cause my budget to be stretched thin, but it's still possible. Seriously, some of the ~$800 places are complete trash heaps... but they'd be my trash heaps! But other places I've looked at (Boulder, Berkeley), living alone under $1000 is just impossible. I've applied to external fellowships but I will probably need to accept an offer and start looking for housing before I hear back (mid-April) so that I can actually, you know, find a place, so I won't have that nice comfy financial cushion of knowing that I have a fellowship. Seriously, how do people live alone in grad school? I know commuting is an option, but at places with such horrid winters (I'm looking at you, Rochester...), I don't know how valid this option really is. Plus, with the amount of time I'll be spending at whatever university, having to travel 1+ hours each way will be hugely taxing. Still, if I can live by myself, it's worth it. I ask you people because surely there is someone out there that has gone through graduate school with social anxiety like I have (though not so much social anxiety as me just being a wuss that can't live with others). Advice?