Apartment Life

Sarah Says Neighbors Are Friends Not Foes
Sarah Says Neighbors Are Friends Not Foes

Sarah Says Neighbors Are Friends Not Foes

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Today’s guest blogger is Sarah whose first apartment is in the outskirts of St. Louis. She’s a recent college graduate and just started her first job as the Assistant Resident Director of off-campus housing! Neighbors are friends not foes Whether you have that loud jazzercising neighbor above or chain smoker neighbor to the side, it is time…
Shakiera Moves Off-Campus in Memphis
Shakiera Moves Off-Campus in Memphis

Shakiera Moves Off-Campus in Memphis

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
A sophomore at the University of Memphis, Shakiera is moving out of her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia to be closer to her school life in Memphis, TN. With money in her pocket and restlessness in her shoes, she’s ready to move into her first apartment and fully experience every part of being an independent, living,…
Mail Call: How Much Should Your Rent Be Increased Yearly?
Mail Call: How Much Should Your Rent Be Increased Yearly?

Mail Call: How Much Should Your Rent Be Increased Yearly?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You heard it here first — we’re going to the mailbox! Benjamin from Allentown, PA  wants to know how much his rent should be increased per year. Ah, don’t we all. I’m actually about a month away from my landlord sending me my renewal papers and I’m already anxious as to whether he’s going to…
Introducing Kate, Our New Guest Blogger
Introducing Kate, Our New Guest Blogger

Introducing Kate, Our New Guest Blogger

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
A recent graduate of a small liberal arts school in upstate New York, Kate is hunting for an apartment in Boston, where her appetite for fun — and Mexican food– can be sated. Leaving the Nest I admit it. I like living at home with my parents. I mean, who can complain about home-cooked meals,…
Introducing Elyse, Our New Guest Blogger
Introducing Elyse, Our New Guest Blogger

Introducing Elyse, Our New Guest Blogger

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Elyse is an NYU student who just recently managed to free herself from the college dormitory system. With her two roommates she is now rubbing elbows with the hipsters in the Lower East Side. First Apartment Living: The Infant Stages I’ve been living in my new apartment for about one and a half months. If my apartment life were a…
Fireworks and Renter’s Insurance
Fireworks and Renter’s Insurance

Fireworks and Renter’s Insurance

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Happy post-July 4th malaise! Hopefully, you’re taking some time off to see your fam and friends — maybe there’s even a lawn chair and some ice tea with your name on it. I’m back home and, I tell ya, it’s great — but there’s no better reality check than parents having the opportunity to grill…
Can You BBQ Legally In/Around Your Apt?
Can You BBQ Legally In/Around Your Apt?

Can You BBQ Legally In/Around Your Apt?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Such nice weather this weekend! Makes me nostalgic for my summer dinners with my family, which often involved, my dad’s prized Weber Grill. I don’t have a balcony, but I do have one nifty fire escape. Which got me thinking, can I buy a grill? Check out the exact the laws of the NYC land…
Stay Warm …and Frugal!
Stay Warm …and Frugal!

Stay Warm …and Frugal!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Brrr Honey, it’s cold outside! And inside! Not to worry, there are ways to avoid the deep freeze in your apartment. The first consideration of course is $$. Heat is sometimes included in rent by law and sometimes not. What’s the deal with that? Well, it has to do with the way the heat is…
Keep Your No-Takeout New Year’s Resolution!
Keep Your No-Takeout New Year’s Resolution!

Keep Your No-Takeout New Year’s Resolution!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
With the end of the holiday season comes the end of free, well-prepared food. No more well-balanced, homemade meals or three-course dinners that you pretty much just have to show up to. Nope, we’ll just have to make it be our New Year’s resolution to treat ourselves better and eat more healthily. We’ll actually have…
How to Cozy Up your Apartment for the Holidays. . without going home
How to Cozy Up your Apartment for the Holidays. . without going home

How to Cozy Up your Apartment for the Holidays. . without going home

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming! A lot of folks I know aren’t going home this year because of $$ issues so I thought I’d write a few post about how to make your apartment really embody that home away from home feeling. The first thing I notice about my parents’ house is…