The Move

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…
Introducing Kiara, Our Newest Blogger

Introducing Kiara, Our Newest Blogger

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Hello everyone! My name’s Kiara, I’m twenty years old, and I live in Fort Worth, Texas. I’m graduating from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s in English (yes I did four years of college in three years, don’t ask me how I survived it—it’s all a blur), I’m a marketing analyst and blogger…
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…
Finding a Sublet (and Sealing the Deal)

Finding a Sublet (and Sealing the Deal)

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Moving to a new city? Woohoo! Adventure! Change! Terror! Yes, moving to a new city can stir up a lot of feelings. It can feel overwhelming, especially because you may not know much about the place. What are the neighborhoods like? Where is your favorite coffee shop? What’s the public transportation like? These are all things you might want…
Renting an Apartment Abroad

Renting an Apartment Abroad

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
So, you are thinking about living abroad for a few months, eh? Whether you will be studying there for a semester, just need a vacation, or are looking for an overseas paradise to call home for a while, here are a few tips to get you situated abroad. While you may need to juggle language…
Downsizing from a 1-Bedroom Apartment to a Friend’s Closet

Downsizing from a 1-Bedroom Apartment to a Friend’s Closet

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Space is a hot commodity in apartments these days. Some say that location is everything, but if you’re looking at a space with unusually large or abundant closets, the landlord/broker will inevitably point out and brag about how much storage there is. I have certainly fallen prey to this temptation. Your mind begins to wander when…
From the MFA Mailbag – How to Assert Independence from Your Parents

From the MFA Mailbag – How to Assert Independence from Your Parents

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MFA Mailbag recently received this email asking for our guidance: “I left my parents’ house on good terms. Great terms, even. After I left for college a few years ago, my relationship with my parents has only improved. When I wanted to move out, they agreed that it made sense for me to get an apartment in…