Roommates

Should You Live with Your BFF?

Should You Live with Your BFF?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Whenever I hear this question, my immediate response is no, you should not.  Unless you met your BFF in a roommate circumstance (it happens!), you probably should nix the idea of shacking up with your BFF.  It may sound like fun, and like something out of Girls or Friends, but in reality it causes a lot…
Should You Seek Out a Roommate Who’s Different From You?

Should You Seek Out a Roommate Who’s Different From You?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The fat envelope has just arrived from your top-choice college. While you’re still rejoicing, you realize you’ll have to live with a stranger in a dorm room next year. Yes, you’ll have to fill out some forms to get matched up with a roommate, but even before you get there, you need to decide: do you…
20 Questions to Ask a New Roomie

20 Questions to Ask a New Roomie

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Whether you’ve been friends forever, met via the Internet, or have even lived together in the past, it’s important to establish some mutual understandings with your new roommate before officially moving in together. A fun game of 20 questions can only make things better before signing a lease. Are we all paying the same amount…
New Girl Moves In: 3 Rules for Switching Roommates

New Girl Moves In: 3 Rules for Switching Roommates

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When the time comes to renew  your lease, the more roommates you have, the more likely changes will happen.  Apartments are temporary; you pick to live in a rental with roommates because you’re in a transitional period in life.  Most twenty-somethings who live in apartments have ever-changing jobs, relationships, grad school acceptances, and other unpredictable real-life adult factors…
How to Share a Kitchen Without Hating Your Roommate

How to Share a Kitchen Without Hating Your Roommate

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
There’s nothing like a great meal to bring people together. And there’s nothing like a shared kitchen to tear them apart. Surely this is the place where roommate relationships are most likely to grow tense, given the factors and the stakes. There’s all that clean-up to do. All that food to keep and prepare. All…
How to Sublet Your Roommate Share

How to Sublet Your Roommate Share

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Subletting is a great way to earn extra money, or at least avoid paying rent on an empty room when you’re out of town. However, when you have roommates, inviting a stranger or even an acquaintance to temporarily live in your home can be uncomfortably unfamiliar with everyone else who agreed to live with you…
Roommate Gift Giving Alternatives

Roommate Gift Giving Alternatives

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Gift exchange season is upon us, as is the impending doom of shopping for everyone on your holiday list while also managing to pay rent. And let’s hope your lease isn’t up at the end of the year too… Sharing presents with roommates can be a fun group activity or a potential disaster. If you…
7 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Party with the Roomies

7 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Party with the Roomies

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Apartment parties are fun—you get to decide the guestlist, menu, playlist, décor– but can also be a bit stressful, especially when you have to make executive decisions with other members of your household. If you’re planning to host a crowd over the holidays or on on December 31, you want your event to be pretty…
Holiday Decorations and Celebrations in an Interfaith Apartment

Holiday Decorations and Celebrations in an Interfaith Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you live with people outside of your family, it’s highly likely that they’re going to have different traditions.  Even if you’re the same religion, you’re bound to have some differences about decorations and celebrations.  For example, my cousins and I, who are all of the same faith, have drastically different ways of acknowledging holidays!…
Take This Quiz Before You Look for Roommates

Take This Quiz Before You Look for Roommates

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Are you clueless about what type of roommate situation is best for you? Well, I am pleased to tell you that this little quiz will help you decide…or at least it’s a fun activity to get you thinking. As you go through the quiz, write down the letter that best describes your behavior. 1.) When…