The Move

Strategies for your first apartment hunt – Part 2.
Strategies for your first apartment hunt – Part 2.

Strategies for your first apartment hunt – Part 2.

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Print Ads Newspaper classifieds still work. Start by checking out the major daily newspapers and the free weekly papers in your city. The big dailies have extensive real estate listing sections on Sundays. Try to get hold of their apartment-hunting bonanza earlier in the week. (Sometimes you can purchase it as early as Thursday.) By…
Strategies for your first apartment hunt- Part 1.
Strategies for your first apartment hunt- Part 1.

Strategies for your first apartment hunt- Part 1.

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Spread the Word Start your search by telling everyone you know – that means at work, the gym, the corner coffee shop, extended family, grandma, the newsstand guy – what you are looking for. You’ll never know when someone’s cousin’s brother is moving out of a great apartment. Have your parents spread the word among…
Ten essential places to find in your new hometown
Ten essential places to find in your new hometown

Ten essential places to find in your new hometown

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
This would make a fun Sunday project – a sort of recent-transplant treasure hunt. If, like me, your new hometown is teeny-tiny, you may have to venture outside the town limits to find some or even all of these places. Bring a friend, if you’ve have one, and make a day of it. 1. Greasy…
How to make friends in your new hometown
How to make friends in your new hometown

How to make friends in your new hometown

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
How does a recent transplant make friends in a small town? If anybody knows, they should tell me. Seriously, though. When people talk about moving, they talk about finding the best deals and being near public transportation and making sure you don’t forget to bring or buy a bath mat. (Ahem.) Nobody talks about what…
Friend-of-a-friend. Or, How I Found a Great Apartment Without Really Trying
Friend-of-a-friend. Or, How I Found a Great Apartment Without Really Trying

Friend-of-a-friend. Or, How I Found a Great Apartment Without Really Trying

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Last April, my friend Mikey and I ventured to Brooklyn for the final Spring Break of our collegiate careers. Admittedly, with its apparent shortage of Señor Frogs, foam parties, and wet t-shirt contests, Brooklyn was an unlikely destination for two vacation-makers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But we had an invitation for an all-inclusive stay…
Blogger Updates: Jeff in Chicago, Kelly in NYC and Jessica in Chicago
Blogger Updates: Jeff in Chicago, Kelly in NYC and Jessica in Chicago

Blogger Updates: Jeff in Chicago, Kelly in NYC and Jessica in Chicago

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When we first met our blogger Jeff a year and a half ago, he was living in his parents’ basement. After a successful apartment hunt, he found an apartment in Chicago in May 2006 with two roommates. Check out Jeff’s blog for an update on how the roommate situation is working out and what has…
Moving to an off-campus apartment
Moving to an off-campus apartment

Moving to an off-campus apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you decide to move off–campus you’ll be dealing with some of the issues that any first-apartment hunter has to deal with — finding a place, signing a lease, and getting the place furnished and equipped. But moving off–campus presents its own special considerations. • First, a convenient location is even more important, because you…
Heat, but no luck yet
Heat, but no luck yet

Heat, but no luck yet

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
No luck lately. I’ve been so busy at work, that filing through Craigslist, calling and emailing people has been almost impossible. Two apartments I was planning to see in Washington Square West were taken the day before I had the chance to look at them. I called The Chancellor since I’ve seen ads everywhere, and…
90 Degrees of Apartment Searching
90 Degrees of Apartment Searching

90 Degrees of Apartment Searching

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Hi there! I’m Theresa. I’m currently living in Staten Island, NY. I had three roommates there, but they’ve all up and left due to life changes/hating NYC, and I can’t afford to stay there anymore. I’m looking in Philadelphia, where I went to school and where a number of my good friends reside. I’m pretty…