I've been spending every day on craigslist for the past couple of months, and still haven't found a place to move into when I arrive on Aug. 17th(+/- 1 day). Probably because I spent all of my energies at first trying to find a house to rent with some other folks, but they all backed out last minute...and those who are in town currently are beating me to the rooms available.
My question is- what is my best option if I don't have place by the time I get there? Hostel? Any guesthouses (not too expensive per month...like 500 or less for everything) you know about? Should I just try to use couchsurfing.com?
Something complicating things a bit is that I'm arriving with my road-trip travel buddy, who will be in Portland with me for a couple of days...so if say, a guesthouse won't let her stay with me, that won't work out.
Any thoughts? I'm usually not a last minute person when it comes to things like this, and I'm stressing out just a tiny bit.
All advice appreciated greatly!!
(And, in case you know of any temporary or long-term rooms opening up, I'm looking to live in the Alberta, Mississippi, or close-in SE areas.)