Apartment Life

Subletting Woes, Part 1

Subletting Woes, Part 1

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Throughout the entirety of one of my recent sublets in Oakland, my focus repeatedly settled on a book on the bookshelf entitled, “Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life”. I never picked the book up, but every time I read the title, I wondered about Sonja. I should have listened to my…
What to Do With Your Apartment Before a Lengthy Trip

What to Do With Your Apartment Before a Lengthy Trip

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Summer is fast approaching and with it comes ample opportunities to travel with friends, family, or solo. When you’re a renter, it’s normal to have some reservations about leaving your apartment and all of your possessions behind.  I live alone and have done my fair share of traveling so I understand the anxiety. If your…
Are You the BAD Neighbor? Take Our Quiz

Are You the BAD Neighbor? Take Our Quiz

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Apartments mean close quarters, both inside of them and between neighbors. And nothing can ruin your first apartment experience than a neighbor that is rude or disrespectful! …Here’s the catch though, what if you’re the bad neighbor?! Take this quiz below, making a tally of your “yes” answers. Do you… Host late parties often? Play…
Ditching Your Roommates? How to Go Solo (And LOVE It!)

Ditching Your Roommates? How to Go Solo (And LOVE It!)

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Roommates not your thing? We totally understand. There are many benefits to living by yourself, including a TON of personal freedom when it comes to your apartment. Since you’ve made the decision to ditch your roommates, or are leaning that way, here are some tips to make the whole transition go easier. Find a place…
Pros vs. Cons of Renting a Vintage Apartment

Pros vs. Cons of Renting a Vintage Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Well, it’s been almost 2 years (a long stretch for me — I’ve moved at least 5 times since graduating college almost 3 years ago!), but I’m on the apartment hunt yet again. This time, I’m leaving my home state of Georgia behind and heading up to beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia, all thanks to a fabulous…
Having a Pet in an Apartment

Having a Pet in an Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Many of us can agree that animals are awesome, and having your own space might seem like the perfect opportunity to bring a new critter into your life. If you’ve read some of my earlier posts here on My First Apartment, like 3 Reasons Why I Chose to Live Alone, then you know that I…
How to Plan a Successful Visit from Your Parents

How to Plan a Successful Visit from Your Parents

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
After the initial move, your parents may start dropping not-so-subtle hints that you should have them over, be it for dinner or, if you’ve moved farther away, for a weekend visit. This post addresses the second, although you can get dinner advice here. My parents are my favorite people in the world. I absolutely adore…
Bloggers Wanted! Join the Growing MFA Team

Bloggers Wanted! Join the Growing MFA Team

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
My First Apartment is looking to add to our team couple of new bloggers, a photo editor and a social media assistant. BLOGGERS: If you are a 2015 grad and want to share your first post-college apartment experience with our 150,000+ monthly readers, let us know why you should be the next MFA blogger.  Or…
3 Costly Mistakes First Time Renters Make

3 Costly Mistakes First Time Renters Make

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Sponsored Post So you are going to rent your first apartment. Living on your own for the very first time can be quite exciting. You now have a space to live life to the fullest, invite guests over, throw some wild parties, store your stuff, etc. Think about decorating with your favorite color, deep eggplant…
My Second Apartment Will Have These 5 Things

My Second Apartment Will Have These 5 Things

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As a first-time apartment-mover, I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for. What I mean by that is that I didn’t know what I wouldn’t mind sacrificing to save some money. In a few months, I’ll be graduating and hopefully have a more steady source of income. So, for my next apartment, I can…