Posts Tagged: chicago

Going somewhere new means leaving someplace else

Going somewhere new means leaving someplace else

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I accepted a job offer in New York approximately two weeks ago. What I don’t think I accepted at that time, was that my life as I knew it was about to be flipped completely upside down. I know that the theme of this website is new beginning, but that cheesy song lyric about every…
Update: One Year In

Update: One Year In

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I have now been living in my apartment in Chicago for a year and 2 months. As you can probably guess, I decided to renew my lease. I’ve been happy with the apartment, I didn’t want to pay more for a bigger place (not yet, anyway), and the thought of moving was too exhausting, so…
Apartment’s First Anniversary!

Apartment’s First Anniversary!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
To be honest, it feels like yesterday that two strangers (soon to be roommates) and I signed a yearlong lease to an Apartment in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. The three of us had met on craigslist and with crossed fingers and toes, decided to make that leap from not knowing the other’s favorite color to knowing…
Crisis Averted

Crisis Averted

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
So, the property manager called this morning and said I needed a cosigner. Unfortunately, I don’t have one. I was worried this might happen. The rent is 35% of my income, and my credit score is decent considering my age, so I was hoping I wouldn’t need a cosigner, but apparently, I’m a risk. :)…
Wow, that wasn’t so bad.

Wow, that wasn’t so bad.

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
My trip to Chicago was very productive. Unbelievably, I found a place on the first afternoon, with the help of a very professional and efficient agent at a free apartment finding service. I met with my agent at noon, and we went over my budget and priorities. She told me that I would only be…
Relocating Complicates Everything

Relocating Complicates Everything

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Hi everyone. Thanks for reading. My apartment hunt officially begins this weekend, though I’ve been planning and researching online for months. I’ll be moving to Chicago on July 1st to begin medical school, but I’m currently living in Maryland (with my parents… joy). I’ve only visited the city twice (once for my interview, once for…
Ikea equals awesome

Ikea equals awesome

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Ikea makes every budget look too high. Besides being a madhouse of shoppers and lacking enough employees, Ikea works for every first apartment budget. I planned on paying around $800 to furnish my room. I needed a bed frame, a night stand, a dresser, a bookshelf, a desk, a chair for the desk, and some…
Chicago Rocks

Chicago Rocks

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Living in the city is going to be indescribably cool. There are no fancy metaphors or analogies I can give: Chicago is awesome. My photography will pick up; my writing will get a culture boost. I cannot wait for those warm summer days when I can just walk around the neighborhood and look around. There’s…
What to Get?

What to Get?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The getting is good. Everything we don’t have we’ll get when we figure out what exactly is missing. The list on myfirstapartment.com helps a lot. It’s a list full of products and staples that I wouldn’t think of until I actually needed to use them. But there might be other holes, too. Like, we don’t…
The Wait Begins

The Wait Begins

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I cannot wait to move out. My new bedroom is looking nice, right? Look at that view! Staying with my folks got old quick. I’ve been here for just about a year, but after five years on my own at college, give me a break—I can’t take this anymore. I’m the guy who doesn’t bring…