Apartment Life

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 a 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-graduation apartment experiences with our site’s 200,000+ monthly visitors, let us know why you should be the next MFA…
Having Summer Adventures on a Budget

Having Summer Adventures on a Budget

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you are living in your first apartment, chances are that you are also living on a budget. However, being on a budget doesn’t mean that you can’t have travels and adventures! Here are three ways you can satisfy the travel bug in you without breaking your wallet. 1. Explore local destinations. I’ve written before…
Get Your Money’s Worth from Your Amenities

Get Your Money’s Worth from Your Amenities

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s no secret that part of what you pay in rent funds amenities around the complex. But are you really getting what you pay for? It’s definitely not the best idea to choose a complex only based on amenities. But once you’ve decided to move in, use these tips to make sure you’re getting the…
9 Emergency Numbers Every Renter Should Post

9 Emergency Numbers Every Renter Should Post

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Think back to your childhood… whenever your parents left you with the babysitter, what did they always point to or leave behind before they left the house? Got it yet? No? Ok, I’ll tell you. The emergency numbers list! I know for me, my mom always left it on the refrigerator. It was the perfect…
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

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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…