Roommates

5 Warning Signs That Your Roommate May Have a Substance Abuse Problem
5 Warning Signs That Your Roommate May Have a Substance Abuse Problem

5 Warning Signs That Your Roommate May Have a Substance Abuse Problem

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
By Christina Underwood Overdoing it at holiday parties can happen to anyone, but what to do if it looks like things are getting out of control with someone you are living with. If you’re concerned about your roommate’s substance abuse, you’re in a precarious position: you don’t want to invade their privacy, but you can’t…
Roommate Gift Ideas to Fit Every Budget
Roommate Gift Ideas to Fit Every Budget

Roommate Gift Ideas to Fit Every Budget

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The holidays are upon us, and it’s time to think about gifts for our closest friends. Although your gift should change based on your relationship with your roommate, the most important key to great gift-giving is to be thoughtful. If your roommates do an annual gift exchange, look no further for ideas for every type…
Roommate Gift-Giving: A Complete Guide
Roommate Gift-Giving: A Complete Guide

Roommate Gift-Giving: A Complete Guide

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
This post by Alex, first published in December 2012, has everything you need to know about successful roommate gift exchanges. Here at My First Apartment we love the holiday season – it’s a time to get  together with old friends,  it’s a time to reflect upon the year gone by, and it’s also a time…
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…