Roommates

What Type of Bad Roommate Are You?
What Type of Bad Roommate Are You?

What Type of Bad Roommate Are You?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
“Good roommates are all alike; every bad roommate is bad in their own way.” Here are some of the most common types of bad roommates. We’ll tell you how to avoid becoming one as you start looking for your roommate share. Everyone’s Mom Are you the roommate that acts like everyone’s Mom and tries to make sure…
Creating a Great Roommate Gift Giving Experience
Creating a Great Roommate Gift Giving Experience

Creating a Great Roommate Gift Giving Experience

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
What should you do about roommate gifts? It depends. If your roommate is your best friend, then it’s easy.  You know what they will like, and you’ll get them a perfect gift.  It gets trickier (and more expensive!) if you live in a group house with many roommates, but there are ways to make the…
Group House Living: Setting Up House Rules
Group House Living: Setting Up House Rules

Group House Living: Setting Up House Rules

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You and your three friends have finally found a place to move in together, and everyone is excited about getting free of parents and dorm rules. However,  you realize very soon that a free-for-all is not going to work – you need to set up some house rules for your new place.  But how? So,…
6 Best Things About Having a Roommate
6 Best Things About Having a Roommate

6 Best Things About Having a Roommate

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you first move in with a roommate, you may think that you are going to hate sharing your space because you always had your own place. Let me convince you how much fun it is going to be to have a roommate. With a roommate you’ll have: 1. Someone to do things with The…
The Art of Rejecting A Potential Roommate
The Art of Rejecting A Potential Roommate

The Art of Rejecting A Potential Roommate

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Once you move into your first place, like clockwork, you will likely hear from a friend or a friend of a friend who asks if they can move in with you for a short time. Maybe they’re between jobs or almost have enough money to move into their first place, or are simply looking for…
5 Things You Need to Know about Your Future Roommates
5 Things You Need to Know about Your Future Roommates

5 Things You Need to Know about Your Future Roommates

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
So you are looking for your first apartment and you don’t know where to start. Well, here are 5 things anyone looking for a roommate share should find out about their future roommates. Rent Payments You must know how they will pay the rent and when. Are they getting any help paying the rent?  If…
What You Forgot to Ask Your Potential Roommate
What You Forgot to Ask Your Potential Roommate

What You Forgot to Ask Your Potential Roommate

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I’m sure you’ve already asked your potential roommate all the basics. You know where they’re from, how late they stay up, and how messy they are. You’ve talked about their party habits, whether they have a significant other, and their favorite hobbies. But there are a few topics that probably haven’t come up yet. Here are…
From the MFA Mailbag: Can We Overcharge New Roommates for Rent?
From the MFA Mailbag: Can We Overcharge New Roommates for Rent?

From the MFA Mailbag: Can We Overcharge New Roommates for Rent?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Eve asks: “Hello, my friend and I are thinking of renting out our spare bedrooms in our apartment. We live in an area were rent easily goes for $2,500+ for a two bedroom. We got an amazing deal with only paying $800, as the landlord has known us for quite a while. We were thinking…
Are You a Bad Roommate?
Are You a Bad Roommate?

Are You a Bad Roommate?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
First, let me say that this is NOT an attack on any of my previous roommates! They were all great people who I was lucky to live with. However, there were things they did that I didn’t like, and by identifying the issues I had with them, I can ensure that I (and hopefully you!)…
Do’s and Don’ts of Befriending Your SO’s Roommates
Do’s and Don’ts of Befriending Your SO’s Roommates

Do’s and Don’ts of Befriending Your SO’s Roommates

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Dating someone who has their own place generally means you’ll start spending a lot of time there! New relationships are exciting, especially when you just can’t wait to see each other again. But, most people live with roommates in their first few apartments! Your significant other’s roommates will start to play a role in your…