The Move

International Student’s Guide to Finding Housing in the U. S.

International Student’s Guide to Finding Housing in the U. S.

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You have just received your acceptance letter from your dream university in the United States and as you are celebrating with family and friends, someone asks you, “Where will you live?” You hadn’t thought about that. You go through the acceptance package, find the section about housing and realize that you have to find a…
Is It Time to Upsize?

Is It Time to Upsize?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
This is the time of year when many first apartment leases are up and it’s time to decide should you to stay or move. So, is your apartment’s feeling a little cramped? Maybe you got a new roommate, or just let your things get a little out of control. It’s one thing to feel frustrated,…
Apartment Hunter’s Ultimate Checklist

Apartment Hunter’s Ultimate Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I knew that I’d be on the apartment hunt again one of these days, but what I didn’t realize is that I’d be doing it so soon — and in another state. Having learned the hard way what I do and do not want in a new place from past experiences, I now create a…
8 Things to Do When Moving to a New State — An Easy Checklist!

8 Things to Do When Moving to a New State — An Easy Checklist!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you’re moving out of state, there’s A LOT to plan for. Trust me, I know — I’m in the process of packing up my life in Georgia and getting ready for my big move to Virginia in just a few months. Moving at all, even when it’s just down the street can be a…
Solo or Roommates? Take This Quiz to Find Out Which One Is for You

Solo or Roommates? Take This Quiz to Find Out Which One Is for You

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you’re on the hunt for your first place on your own, it’s okay to feel overwhelmed with options. There are tons of places to live, different roommate options, and types of places to choose from. Take the quiz below to narrow down part of that decision…solo or roommates! 1. Roommates are… a.  OK, but…
Moving for a Job When You Live with Your Significant Other

Moving for a Job When You Live with Your Significant Other

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
So, you’ve landed a fabulous new job… but it requires that you move to a new city, or, maybe even a new state. You’re excited and ready to pack your things and move right this minute. But, wait — what about your live-in significant other? Will he/she be so keen on moving for your work? Will he/she…
Pros and Cons of Various After-Graduation Housing Options

Pros and Cons of Various After-Graduation Housing Options

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
So you’re about to graduate college with flying colors (or just graduate…)! First of all, congratulations. All of those sleepless nights, bleary-eyed mornings, and afternoon naps have paid off! The question most of my friends and I are facing is WHAT NOW? Hopefully, you’re thinking about the job search at this point. As a peer, my…
How to Conduct a Successful New York City Apartment Hunt

How to Conduct a Successful New York City Apartment Hunt

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
There has always been a part of me that wanted to move away from my hometown in Northern California to the great city of New York. I didn’t travel far for college, and I never studied abroad. In the late summer of 2014, my college best friend and I decided to make the big move.…
Best Way to Learn About Your New City – Be a Tourist!

Best Way to Learn About Your New City – Be a Tourist!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When traveling, we tend to experience a place differently than if we lived there. However, when you move to a new city, one of the best ways to learn more about it and get a sense of what the city is really all about is by exploring the city like a tourist would. When I…
Little Things I Wish I’d Considered When I Signed the Lease

Little Things I Wish I’d Considered When I Signed the Lease

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When choosing an apartment I looked for huge items such as cost, a safe living environment, accessibility to a metro station, and getting the most bang for my buck. But I also wish I consider some other items that didn’t even cross my mind. 1) Receiving Packages– I do not have a doorman which makes…