Looked at a room in a black house today (Eastside and Yew)- Kind of small but nice (well... black house nice). It's only 300 a month and no deposit/cheap utilities for the win. Close to down town- super easy bike ride to avanti.
I'm not completley sold yet- which is a problem because I would be moving in next week. But I also haven't met the housemates yet which would make a big difference.
Mom thinks I'm "making a mistake" by moving out, and maybe I am, but she's driving me a little batty, plus it's a black house so if I'm really drowning I can find a new renter and leave whenever.
Any word of advice from those who already live on their own?