My college apartment doesn't count. But I understand the process of setting up utilities and having roommates to lower the cost (see below). I plan on relocating to the Baltimore/DC area. I'm not very familiar with either city apart from their tourist hot spots. Any specific advice for the area would be doubleplusappreciated.
Also, does anyone have any experience living platonically with a member of the opposite sex? Good/bad idea? What's it like and how does it differ from rooming with people of your own gender?