Renter’s Insurance might seem like just another bill—just another hassle of the increasingly overrated “Life of an Adult”—but it might just prove worth the extra line item on your credit card statement. What renter’s insurance protects you against Like so much in life, it depends. Broadly, renter’s insurance protects against damage or loss of [...]
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The age-old question: should I live with my good friend? …And by “age-old,” I mean “several decades old, since more than just rich kids started to go to college, women included, young adults stopped living with their parents until marriage, and people have been allowed to choose their own roommates rather than being assigned by [...]
One of the best things I’ve ever done is live in cooperative housing. Three out of my four college years were spent sharing a house, and chores, with 60-150 other people. It was messy, loud, challenging, unifying—and utterly thrilling. Here’s some of what I learned as a result: 1. In some ways, having heaps of [...]
It’s about time for college midterms, and if you haven’t done them before—or even if you have—here are some suggestions for surviving the procedure: 1. Have a clean workspace If you’re studying at home, make sure you have a place set aside where you can really focus on your work. A messy desk or table [...]
So they look great on (Craigslist) paper — how do you know if someone is really going to be a good roommate for you? Here are our suggestions for what to ask before you move in… 1. What do you do for a living? This is basic information you should know. It will also tell [...]
It’s so exciting! A room to yourself, outside your parents’ grasp—well, to yourself and two or three other freaked out college freshmen. It’s time to make this dorm room home. So, think about the following: What do you want your room to look like, for yourself? There are two sides of this. First, what will [...]
We applaud your efforts to do actual work in college, and to show our support, we offer this advice for creating an effective work space in chaotic, cramped environments: Communicate with your roommate Living with someone else complicates and often disrupts a study schedule. Talk to your roommate about your need for quiet, focused time, [...]
You’re going to college and you’d rather not have to sell all your clothing before semester’s end, just to get by and pay your rent. What foresight you have! It’s time to make a budget that you’ll actually stick to: First, you gotta know how much money you actually have. Financial aid, scholarships, income if [...]
We’ve written before on what you should pack when leaving for college; but what should you do to prepare for the big move? 1. Get in touch with your roommates, if possible. Get to know them a bit, coordinate any joint-use items like TVs (you really don’t want three of those in your room), prepare [...]
I once had a flatmate who used my “hidden” spare key to break into my room, take my car key, and “borrow” my car—all because I wasn’t around to ask. (Incidentally, I’m pretty sure that borrowing something without asking is the definition of “stealing,” but thankfully I got my car back.) The point? We’ve all [...]
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