My potential roommate and I planned to lease a flat for the last of our university time. However he plans to live in the flat even between semesters (not returning home) so that he can get a job to pay for his rent. My issue how much he can afford, since I did not know about his financial situation. The places that are within that range, seem extremely questionable, but if we were to split the rent then we could live in a slightly nicer place (not that much nicer).
I think this should have been mentioned before seriously asking to be roommates, I feel extremely guilty to turning him down knowing his situation and to be fair I did ask first (without knowing this).
Update: sorry for not clarifying, I don't want to live with my roommate because I wish to stay in a nicer place, also we would have to worry about furniture as the places he has looked at are not furnished and may/maynot have a functional kitchen. Also I am far from home and without a car. The area where most of these flats are located are not safe, many robberies and shooting have happened in some of the neighborhoods. It's not that I don't want to pay rent over between semester, I just wanted to give a reason for needing a low rent, where as my situation is more flexible.
Update 2: I assumed that if he was able to cover dorm fees then we could find a reasonable place. I have another friend who was in a similar situation they found a wonderful place that caters to students and I was hoping to live there as well, but that place is over budget as well. I asked about how much flexibility he has and he is set on what he can afford. I did some digging and found a couple of places that might be decent, up to date on fire/safety codes/ within budget, but now he just shuts me down cause he's not in the mood to talk. Yes I've offend him, but I did try.