Roommates

Tips for Holiday-Stress-Proofing Your SO Relationship
Tips for Holiday-Stress-Proofing Your SO Relationship

Tips for Holiday-Stress-Proofing Your SO Relationship

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The holidays are a time of wonder, cheer, giving — some would even say magic. But you know what else the holiday season is full of? Stress. Lots and lots of stress. Sure, I may be pessimistic about “the most wonderful time of year” but there’s no denying that in addition to gifts and good…
Learning to Manage Conflict When Living With Your Significant Other
Learning to Manage Conflict When Living With Your Significant Other

Learning to Manage Conflict When Living With Your Significant Other

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Moving in with your significant other is a huge decision and major step in any romantic relationship. (Before making the decision, check out these tips from my fellow bloggers, who explain questions to consider, splitting finances, and rules to live by). The move itself, albeit stressful, can be the most fun part! From packing up…
Roommate Intervention: What to Do When Landlord-Designated “Tenant in Charge” Fails Duties
Roommate Intervention: What to Do When Landlord-Designated “Tenant in Charge” Fails Duties

Roommate Intervention: What to Do When Landlord-Designated “Tenant in Charge” Fails Duties

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
In almost every group housing situation I’ve lived in, there is usually one tenant that handles the majority of the responsibilities. They act as the liaison between tenants and landlords, they handle collecting the rent, and they tell the landlord if there are any issues with the apartment. How the “tenant in charge” decision is…
Neatnik vs. Slob – How to Live With A Roommate Who is Less Tidy Than You
Neatnik vs. Slob – How to Live With A Roommate Who is Less Tidy Than You

Neatnik vs. Slob – How to Live With A Roommate Who is Less Tidy Than You

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Living with a roommate can be beneficial in many ways including: splitting rent and household bills, having someone nearby in case of an emergency, and having someone to hang out with. One habit that can become problematic is living with a roommate who is less tidy than you, especially when it comes to sharing and…
10 Questions to Ask A Potential Roommate
10 Questions to Ask A Potential Roommate

10 Questions to Ask A Potential Roommate

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You and your potential roommate need to have an open, honest conversation to ensure you will be compatible before you sign a lease and move into an apartment together. This conversation and some of the questions may be uncomfortable and personal, especially when it comes to discussing finances, but they are necessary questions you both…
5-Step Guide to Choosing A Roommate
5-Step Guide to Choosing A Roommate

5-Step Guide to Choosing A Roommate

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Roommates can be a great way to save money, and possibly develop new friendships. If your dream apartment comes with a not-so-ideal price point for one, look no further for some great advice on how to make it through the process of choosing a great roommate. 1. Know Thyself Chances are, you will have a…
Beginner’s Guide to Group House Living
Beginner’s Guide to Group House Living

Beginner’s Guide to Group House Living

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Are you moving with a group of friends off-campus this semester? Get prepared by checking out Tanner’s tips about group house living. (This post was originally published last August.) 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…
3 Simple Rules for BF/GF Visits When You Have a Roommate
3 Simple Rules for BF/GF Visits When You Have a Roommate

3 Simple Rules for BF/GF Visits When You Have a Roommate

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
This post by Katherine, originally published in May 2012, has saved many roommate relationships from turning into ugly war zones because of BF/GF visits — like the ones described in the comments to “How to Tell Your Roommate His Girlfriend Is a Problem”! There are three issues that can turn a roommate relationship ugly:  splitting…