Roommates

5 Perfect Holiday Gift Exchange Ideas

5 Perfect Holiday Gift Exchange Ideas

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s HEEEERE! Holiday time is officially here because Thanksgiving is done with. Need some ideas for a budget-friendly gift exchange with your roommates? Ugly Christmas sweaters on now, below are the BEST options for a gift exchange on a small OR large scale. WHITE ELEPHANT / YANKEE EXCHANGE 1. Start a Facebook Invite for your…
From the MailBag: “How to Deal with Roommate Conflicts”

From the MailBag: “How to Deal with Roommate Conflicts”

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Welcome back to the MailBag, everyone. A couple of weeks ago, we dove into our very first advice topic and helped one reader with her question about “when to begin an out-of-state apartment search.” Today, we are taking a different route — we’re addressing several issues and many readers at once. Here’s why: Since My…
5 Rules For Having A Significant Other Stay Over

5 Rules For Having A Significant Other Stay Over

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
One of the main challenges that roommates face is coming to an agreement when it comes to having a significant other over at the apartment. This is a very common issue between apartment mates, and can usually be solved easily if both parties are willing to compromise. (Of course, it would have been best if…
5 Ways to Use Halloween to Bond with Your Roomies

5 Ways to Use Halloween to Bond with Your Roomies

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
In need of some ideas about how to bond with your new roomies? Then you’ve come to the right place, and at the right time of year, too. Usually, the holidays are a time when you and your roommates will spend lots of time apart (visits home, separate parties with friends, etc.), but there’s no…
10 Reasons Why Roommates Make the BEST Best Friends

10 Reasons Why Roommates Make the BEST Best Friends

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you’ve kept up with my story at all, you’ll know that I recently moved from an apartment in Atlanta (with my boyfriend) to an apartment at my university with three other girls. This has led me to reflect a lot on friendships–specifically what a best friend involves. I’m quickly realizing that your roommates often don’t…
5 Tips for Bonding with Random Roommates

5 Tips for Bonding with Random Roommates

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
There are many ways to get stuck living with strangers. Maybe it was by choice! Perhaps you found a group via a roommate speed-dating event, or perhaps a realtor recruited you all to live together in the limited-time property he was showing. More likely than not, you’re filling a room in a multi bedroom apartment…
Avoid Roommate Problems…Choose Wisely!

Avoid Roommate Problems…Choose Wisely!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
There’s a lot more to choosing roommates than you may think, especially in your first apartment. They need to be fun but not too wild, responsible but not rude. When I first moved to school, I didn’t get to choose my roommate and she and I were complete opposites. It was fine, but definitely not…
3 Reasons Why I Choose to Live Alone

3 Reasons Why I Choose to Live Alone

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
My roommate pees in the living room. No, my roommate is not a wild party animal. He is just an animal—an orange and white tabby cat, named Winchester, and his litter box is in the living room. Long before I started apartment hunting, when I was planning a move to a new city for my…
How to Get Along With Your First College Roommate

How to Get Along With Your First College Roommate

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Everybody knows that living with a new roommate can be totally challenging. I was an RA of my dorm floor for three years, and I have seen many, many conflicts between roommates. I can tell you that most problems can actually be avoided very easily if you’re proactive with your roommate! All you need is…