USC Housing Questions & Answers

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How can you become better friends with your roommate? What are some things that worked for you?

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I love crafty items, but I'm awful at DIY. Where do people go for cheap canvases and other types of items like them?

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I read a lot, and accumulate a lot of books. It makes my dorm super cramped, but I'm so attached to my books! How can I better manage my space for things like this?

Find hidden storage in your room! One of the best "hacks" for dorm life is using extenders to make your bed higher. A higher dorm bed =... (more)Read 1 Answer
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Do you think it is worth it to pay a bit more rent if it means getting your own room and bathroom?

I think it depends on the person. For me personally I would 100% pay extra for my own room at least because I like being able to control... (more)Read 9 Answers
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What are some inexpensive ways to decorate your apartment and make it feel more like home?

There are lots of things you can do to make your apartment feel like home for cheap. You can get pictures developed and hang them around... (more)Read 1 Answer
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What are some Halloween-themed events that we can hold at my house other than an overall Halloween party?

You can throw a party where everyone dresses as a cartoon character, as a food, etc. Pick really any theme! (more)Read 1 Answer
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What was an unexpected expense you had when moving off campus?

I would definitely say utilities. Right off the bat electric and the A/C and heat shocked me and I had to learn really fast to manage the... (more)Read 7 Answers
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How can I approach my roommate about keeping up her end of the chores?

Sit down and talk to them about the need for both of you to pitch in and do chores around your place. Consider making a physical chore... (more)Read 1 Answer
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How can I turn some of my summer wardrobe into a fall wardrobe?

Layering! Learn how to pair your favorite summer dresses and short sleeve shirts with long sleeves, tights, stockings, and more.... (more)Read 1 Answer
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Is living with your best friend a good idea?

I loved living with my best friend for two years. She helped me get used to living in a new environment. However, I did find myself... (more)Read 6 Answers
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My housemates and I are about to take in a rescued kitten. Most of the time there is at least one person home, but how can we keep the kitten out of trouble any time we are all out?

You may want to consider setting up a small penned in area that they can be contained in when you are all out of the house -- or even... (more)Read 1 Answer
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How do I cancel my listing and stop automatic payments?

Either call customer service, look at the Q&A platform for that particular product, or send an inquiry e-mail/chat with someone at... (more)Read 1 Answer
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Where did you buy decorations for your dorm? Do you have any suggestions on what to buy?

I think spending many hours browsing a wide range of stores and their clearance section will make your dorm the most personal it can be... (more)Read 5 Answers
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My building is non-smoking, but my neighbor smokes and I can sometimes smell it through the vents in our apartment. How can I get them to stop without getting them in trouble with our landlord?

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What utilities should I expect to pay when living in an apartment, aside from electricity?

Besides electricity, expect to pay for your water, gas (if necessary), and wifi/cable. Of course, if you're trying to save money, it may... (more)Read 2 Answers
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My roommate keeps forgetting to buy her share of the necessities for our apartment (paper towels, toilet paper, etc.). How can I bring it up without sounding like I’m nagging?

If asking nicely doesn't help, you can: 1) get petty and hoard your necessities and essentially force her to go buy some ( I'm mean.. it... (more)Read 4 Answers
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What do you consider to be the benefits of living in a city, and how would you advise others to make the most out of this kind of environment?

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Is it a good idea to live with good friends or not? What have been your experiences?

I will speak based on the experiences of my two roommates, it's not a good idea. These two were best friends in high school and decided... (more)Read 2 Answers
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How can I save money on grocery shopping and food when I live off-campus? What are some cheap but healthy recipes?

The first thing you should do is make a list and stick to it. When making the list, think of the type of meals you are going to make for... (more)Read 4 Answers
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My roommates are party animals. But we're locked into this lease for a year. How do I talk to them without making it a hostile environment for 8 more months?

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