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

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

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While this student’s guide to finding housing, originally published in May 2015, is directed at international students, it offers good tips for anyone looking for off-campus housing long distance. 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…
10 Easy Ways To Decorate & Organize (With NO Nail Holes)
10 Easy Ways To Decorate & Organize (With NO Nail Holes)

10 Easy Ways To Decorate & Organize (With NO Nail Holes)

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This post by our organizing expert, Monica Ricci, had been a reader favorite since 2014. As a certified professional organizer, I’ve been in thousands of homes and apartments helping my clients take back control of their lives. One theme that always shows up in my work is my advice to look for as many ways…
3 Simple Rules for BF/GF Visits When You Have a Roommate
3 Simple Rules for BF/GF Visits When You Have a Roommate

3 Simple Rules for BF/GF Visits When You Have a Roommate

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
This post by Katherine, originally published in May 2012, has saved many roommate relationships from turning into ugly war zones because of BF/GF visits — like the ones described in the comments to “How to Tell Your Roommate His Girlfriend Is a Problem”! There are three issues that can turn a roommate relationship ugly:  splitting…
Happy 4th of July!
Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Happy 4th of July! We are going on vacation and for the next week we’ll be re-running some of our readers’ favorite posts from My First Apartment’s archives. Let us know if we missed one of your favorites.  
7 Point Apartment Security Checklist
7 Point Apartment Security Checklist

7 Point Apartment Security Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Moving into your own place is so exciting that apartment security may be the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, bad things can happen even in best places. Luckily, you can minimize the chances that they happen to you by taking a few simple safety measures. For your additional peace of mind, make sure to…
10 Point Apartment Walk-Through Checklist
10 Point Apartment Walk-Through Checklist

10 Point Apartment Walk-Through Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Before you move in, you should conduct a walk-through of your apartment with the landlord or his representative present. During this walk-through, you should note and take pictures, if appropriate, of all problem areas you discover. The items on this list are all things that should be taken care of by the landlord, with no…
And Our $400 GIVEAWAY the Winner Is…
And Our $400 GIVEAWAY the Winner Is…

And Our $400 GIVEAWAY the Winner Is…

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our randomly selected $400 GIVEAWAY winner is Karmyn whose first furniture purchase was a lamp because there was no lighting in the apartment. Karmyn’s wish list item is a desk. We will notify the winner by email with further details. Congratulations to Karmyn and thanks to all our Apt2B.com $400 GIVEAWAY participants. So what were…
Paperwork You’ll Need for Your Rental Apartment Application
Paperwork You’ll Need for Your Rental Apartment Application

Paperwork You’ll Need for Your Rental Apartment Application

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Before you hit the apartment hunting trail, make sure you have all your paperwork ready to complete a typical rental apartment application. Your future landlord will judge you mainly on two things: your financial history and your personal background.  First and foremost, he wants to be comfortable that you can pay your rent on time,…
12 Questions Every Subletter Needs to Ask
12 Questions Every Subletter Needs to Ask

12 Questions Every Subletter Needs to Ask

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As new grads start flooding to the housing market, subletting a roommate share is the time-tested way of scoring an apartment when your budget is not high enough for a place of your own. Whether you are looking for a short term sublet of a few weeks while you hunt for a permanent place or…
12 Week Countdown to Your First Apartment
12 Week Countdown to Your First Apartment

12 Week Countdown to Your First Apartment

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Finding the right first apartment is a process that starts weeks before your moving date.  If you are about to graduate or have been living with family since graduation last year, now is the time to start the step-by-step countdown to your big move. 12 Weeks Out: Get your free credit report at annualcreditreport.com or…