Apartment Life

Away for the Holidays? Here’s How to Keep Your Apartment Safe!

Away for the Holidays? Here’s How to Keep Your Apartment Safe!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Packing up and leaving your apartment behind while you enjoy a little holiday comfort at home with your family? Awesome! But, before you get in too much of a hurry to rush out of your new place and head home for the holidays, make sure you check all these important steps for preparing your apartment…
10 Easy & Cheap DIY Thanksgiving Decor Ideas for Your Apartment

10 Easy & Cheap DIY Thanksgiving Decor Ideas for Your Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The holiday season is almost here, ladies and gents! The first one coming up quickly on the calendar? Thanksgiving, the holiday that’s all about giving thanks for what you’ve got and enjoying some gobble gobble until you wobble wobble. For many, this time of year is packed full of travel plans and trips back home…
Introducing the MailBag!

Introducing the MailBag!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Hello, apartment dwellers! Whether you’re a veteran renter who has has lived in lots of apartments over the years or a newbie to the apartment living scene, there’s one thing we know for sure — you never know it all. We know better than anyone else because over the years the My First Apartment team…
How to Meet People in Your New City

How to Meet People in Your New City

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
1. Join groups based on your interests Most larger cities have all sorts of groups that cater to people who have a wide variety of skills and interests. For example, I am a bluegrass and folk musician, and wanted to find a place where I could play with other like-minded musicians. I did a Google…
Having a Pet in an Apartment

Having a Pet in an Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
What’s better than having a pet to greet you at the end of the day? Not much. For a serious reality check, read this post from my colleague Alex. A bit negative for my opinion, but go read it and come back to me. Still interested in a furry companion? Awesome. So was I. We decided…
New Apartment, New Adventures

New Apartment, New Adventures

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I can’t believe this summer is coming to a close. It really feels like yesterday that I was moving all of my things into my Atlanta apartment (and cursing the amount of junk I had accumulated! Don’t do what I did! Tips here.). I’m headed back to South Carolina for my final year in college…and…
Get Friendly! Meet Your Neighbors

Get Friendly! Meet Your Neighbors

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
One tricky part about living on your own–especially if you spent the last few years in communal dorms or on a college campus–is figuring out how to make friends nearby. In my experience, you see your neighbors often! Whether it’s walking to and from cars before and after work, taking out the trash, or at…
How To Host A Small Apartment Dinner Party

How To Host A Small Apartment Dinner Party

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Entertaining in a small space? No problem. My family is big on dinner parties and we all love to get together for a fun meal. After moving out, we’ve received some pressure to have everyone over to see the new place, and I’m more than happy to oblige. This requires a lot of thought and…
Homemade Summer Eats and Treats

Homemade Summer Eats and Treats

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When summer comes around, you can practically smell it in the air. The sweetness of ice cream, the decadence of friend pastries, and the smokiness of BBQ’s grilling your favorite foods. It seems like as an apartment renter, the only way to get a taste of these wonderful summer flavors is to visit someone’s home…
Dorm Life Vs. Apartment Life

Dorm Life Vs. Apartment Life

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Transitioning from a college dorm to an apartment may seem easy, especially if you’ve been lucky enough to enjoy suite-style living, but there are plenty of  hurdles (and costs!) along the way. First, and most importantly, you need learn to budget for the rent money.  Dorms typically charge by the semester, so you’re pre-paid for…