Despite my two years of college life, I have just began my adventure in apartment living. It took little to no time for me to learn the do’s and don’ts for the apartment newbie, and it is my pleasure to share them with you.
1. Furniture Shopping
You are a college student. What your couch looks like is not necessarily what you want to be worrying about. The price is the real issue. This year I have made a record purchase of just $45 for a couch and love seat set. That’s right, only $45! Goodwill, re-sale shops, even your neighbor’s side walk are perfectly good places to begin your search. Now don’t you shake your head at me! You will be singing a different tune when you get a couch for less than $50. And with all the money you save, you can get a cover for the couch and you can give it a proper cleaning.
2. Meet Your Neighbors
This may seem like an obvious suggestion, but you would be surprised at just how many people forget about the person living above them. Meeting your neighbors does not only mean you will have a familiar face to turn to, but also someone who can put out your trash when you are out of town, someone who will invite you over for dinner, and someone who could become a surprisingly fantastic friend.
3. Become A Negotiator
If you are living with a roommate, you more than likely have the same sized bedrooms. Or, if you are as unfortunate as I was, your room could fit inside your roommate’s room with space for a bathroom, closet, and the kitchen sink. Is it fair to pay the same amount for less space? Why of course not! Make a deal, split the bill depending on the size of the apartment. It may be uncomfortable but you will be saving some money.
4. Candles, Candles, Candles
Depending on where you live and who lived there before you, there is most likely to be an odor. I have found myself infatuated with candles and wall flowers from Bath and Body Works, scented products, and Febreeze.
These tips and tricks are sure to help anyone with their first apartment.
What’s your advice for apartment living?