The Move

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.

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
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…
Three Signs of a Good Landlord
Three Signs of a Good Landlord

Three Signs of a Good Landlord

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Many of you are starting the hunt for your first apartment. You’ve thought about location, your budget, your “must haves” and your deal breakers. However, one item that people often overlook when they are apartment hunting is making sure that they also pick the right landlord/landlady or management company. A bad landlord can totally ruin…
How to Find the Best Apartment for You
How to Find the Best Apartment for You

How to Find the Best Apartment for You

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The most important part of apartment hunting is finding the best apartment for you. To do this, you need to know what features best suite you from parking and price to location and apartment security. Here is a list of 20 features you can rate to help you find the best apartment for you.
10 Things to Do Before you Sign the Lease and Move In
10 Things to Do Before you Sign the Lease and Move In

10 Things to Do Before you Sign the Lease and Move In

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Planning to move into an apartment soon? Here are 10 things to do before you sign your lease and move in. These tips will help guide you to an apartment suited to your specific needs, and will also help ensure you are protected when you move out or incur damages. Note what direction your bedroom window…
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,…
First Step: Make the Decision to Move Out
First Step: Make the Decision to Move Out

First Step: Make the Decision to Move Out

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Moving into your first apartment is both a dream and a rite of passage. It will be a place to call your own. A place to give it your own decorating spin, to binge watch Netflix without anyone judging your choice of shows and to test your cooking skills with recipes you find on Tasty…
Organized Chaos: Planning for the Move-in
Organized Chaos: Planning for the Move-in

Organized Chaos: Planning for the Move-in

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Moving into your first apartment is never going to be stress-free. In fact, the move-in may be one of the most anxiety ridden things you have done in a while. You are leaving home, living on your own, and have no idea where to start. Moving days are always chaotic, but here are some ways…
Apartment or Townhouse: Which to Rent?
Apartment or Townhouse: Which to Rent?

Apartment or Townhouse: Which to Rent?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you’re looking for your first (or second) place, the top thing to consider is your budget. It’s absolutely crucial to find something within a comfortable price range that won’t leave you strapped for cash. That said, if you have a little more to spend each month (or have extra roommates to split costs), you…
2 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Begin the Apartment Search
2 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Begin the Apartment Search

2 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Begin the Apartment Search

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
In a few short months, I will be relocating for graduate school and begin the apartment hunt once again. It’s a new chapter in my life, and for those of you graduating college or relocating for new jobs or professional schools, you too may be feeling excited for the next phase of your lives. Before…
Apartment Hunter’s Guide To Portland, Or.
Apartment Hunter’s Guide To Portland, Or.

Apartment Hunter’s Guide To Portland, Or.

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Stumptown. The city of bridges. The city of roses. “Little Beirut”. “The dream of the ‘90s.” “Where people in their 20s go to retire.” This is just the shortlist of the many, many monikers of Portland, Or., which has also been referred to as “the West Coast capitol of urban cool,” and “The best food…