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 [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
Good work! You managed to get into college. You’re more likely to get a job, at least after a few months of post-graduation despair; you’ll probably make more money than the average non-college grad; in all likelihood, you’ll drink your weight in beer every month. Good stuff. But in the meantime, where should you live? [...]
Are you advertising apartments, and want to capture the younger crowd? Then it’s time to get web-savvy. As John Kerrigan reported recently in the Multifamily Insider blog, college students increasingly eschew “traditional advertising” and turn instead to online searches when it comes time to find a new place. A nationwide survey of over 500 college [...]
Sometimes, we have to face the inevitable: whether because of money, apartment availability, or commute time, we have to live in an unsafe neighborhood. Although we’re far from experts in crime prevention, we do have some common-sense tips for how to make the best (i.e. safest choices) of your situation. Know your neighborhood Are some [...]
While there are many motives to break a lease, not all of them are legal. There’s a reason you signed that document stating that you’d pay rent for a particular period of time, after all. If your desire to leave your living situation is nothing more than primadonna flip-flopping (“I’m just bored of the view!”), [...]
Got a new roommate? Train ‘em fast to keep the tears from falling later. Tell ‘em: 1. What you’re bringing/already own No one needs two microwaves. Or two stripper poles. Actually, two stripper poles are better than one, but we stand by the two-microwaves-as-overkill. 2. What they’d bring, ideally Since you’ve got the pole covered, [...]
It can be a tricky business, dating someone or having friends visit frequently, if your roommate objects to overnight guests. What to do? Think “communication,” and consider the following: Make a Roommate Agreement This is a bit like a lease between the people living in your household, a document that you agree upon and sign. [...]
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