Roommates

How to Be a Courteous Roommate While Moving Out

How to Be a Courteous Roommate While Moving Out

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Housing situations where you get along well with your roommates are something to definitely treasure! You begin to form friendships or work on existing ones, and your apartment starts to suddenly feel more like a home. Unfortunately, sometimes things don’t work out when you live with others, whether they’re your best friends or total strangers…
Finding Roommates 101: Craigslist and Facebook

Finding Roommates 101: Craigslist and Facebook

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When looking for a first apartment, many people moving out of their parents’ house soon realize is that they just can’t afford their own place. As difficult as that truth is to process, there is one easy(ish) solution: roommates. When moving to a new city, however, you may not know anyone in the area. Or,…
3 Signs It’s Time to Part Ways with Your Roommate(s)

3 Signs It’s Time to Part Ways with Your Roommate(s)

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
So you moved into your new apartment months ago and were excited to get to know your fellow apartment mate and share the fun in decorating and spending quality time together. Unfortunately, your relationship with your roommate isn’t like it was before: your roommate’s cleaning habits, their ability to find and eat your leftovers, or…
How to Host An On-Budget Friendsgiving Party with Roommates

How to Host An On-Budget Friendsgiving Party with Roommates

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Thanksgiving is just around the corner (what?!) and for a lot of us, that means the 3 F’s: food, friends, and family. Even if you get to head home for the holiday, host a little Friendsgiving get-together with your roomies and take this opportunity to sit down for a fun meal and remind yourselves why…
Welcoming a New Roommate to Your Place

Welcoming a New Roommate to Your Place

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Getting a new roommate isn’t too uncommon, but what if your new roommate is joining after you and others already moved in? I recently ran into this scenario when a friend needed a place to stay for a couple months while she was in between job locations. My boyfriend and I have settled into our…
How to Manage When Your Roommates’ Relationship Ends Mid-Lease.

How to Manage When Your Roommates’ Relationship Ends Mid-Lease.

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Living with roommates can be a tricky situation. Things can get even trickier when you live with roommates who are dating, and, as if third wheeling 24/7 wasn’t enough to question your decision, they decide to end their relationship mid-lease. This happened to me two months after moving in, so for those in a similar…
Tricks to Splitting Costs with Your Roommates

Tricks to Splitting Costs with Your Roommates

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
One of the biggest perks of having roommates is the ability to split many apartment costs 50-50. As long as you have the space, the more roommates, the less your monthly costs should be. But when it comes time to pay the bills, it can get sticky. Who pays for what? And how much? How…
6 Perfect Comedies on Netflix for a Roommate Movie Night

6 Perfect Comedies on Netflix for a Roommate Movie Night

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Nothing brings roommates together quite like movie nights. It’s a perfect night cap after a delicious dinner, (movies go great with dessert), or to come down after a hard study session. Comedies are an easy go-to, naturally, when considering options for mutual viewing. They’re easy to agree upon and light-hearted fun. There is a time…
Beginner’s Guide to Group House Living

Beginner’s Guide to Group House Living

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
By Tanner Weber About a year ago, I moved from Southern California to DC and quickly found a home in the form of a group house full of young professionals with varying hobbies, professions, and standards of living. Here’s how I survived the first year: 1. Don’t expect to be friends with everyone— There are…
How To Live Peacefully With Your Roommate’s Alternative Diet

How To Live Peacefully With Your Roommate’s Alternative Diet

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Knowing how to live peacefully with your roommate’s alternative diet can be tricky. A bit of knowledge and preparation goes a long way to smooth the transition. Roommates can be challenging at the best of times. It is increasingly common for people who have never met to end up sharing space. Your new roommate could…