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What are some conflicts you have had with your roommates? How did you resolve these conflicts? Is there anything you wish you did differently?

One of the biggest issues I had this past year was cleanliness. I wish we had been more clear from the start on our standards of... (more)Read 2 Answers
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How did you furnish your college apartment while on a college budget? Were you able to get everything you needed?

I would definitely recommend reusing what you can from your room back home. From my room, I was able to get a bed, a desk, and an office... (more)Read 3 Answers
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What are some ways I can keep my bills and expenses low while living off-campus?

I would recommend adding on as many roommates and housemates that you are comfortable. Rent and utility will drop drastically with... (more)Read 2 Answers
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I'm moving off-campus next semester. Should I rent a house with a bunch of people or opt for just one or two roommates in an apartment?

I would recommend a house, but only if you are comfortable living with the people you are planning on living with. Living in a house in a... (more)Read 2 Answers
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I'm getting ready to move in with people I've never met before and I want to lay some ground rules without seeming like the "mom." What do I do?

When this happened to me, I found it easiest to set up a house meeting. When we met for the first time, we were able to introduce... (more)Read 3 Answers
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My roommate wants to set up a very strict cleaning schedule, but I’m not sure that I’ll be able to stick to it when I'm busy. How can I convince her to be more easy-going without her thinking I’m just trying to get out of my chores?

I would say come up with the schedule together, and when doing so, map out your own personal schedule to her. Let her know how busy you... (more)Read 2 Answers
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What are some of the first items that you should buy when moving into an apartment for the first time?

It is something easy to overlook but never forget to purchase toilet paper! Even if your power is off, even if you have no furniture, you... (more)Read 4 Answers
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My roommate is very needy and it’s starting to become overwhelming. How can I tell her to stop without hurting her feelings?

The worst thing you can do is be passive aggressive or cut her off completely without warning. You should try to figure out the reason... (more)Read 4 Answers
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I'm an upperclassman still living on campus. My RA is a bit overbearing. How do I tell her I don't really need her?

Communication is key. From what your RA understands, you are just another student under her care and she wants to give equal help to... (more)Read 4 Answers
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My roommate always leaves their dirty dishes in the sink and stuff everywhere. I've tried talking to them but they haven't stopped. What should I do?

I had this problem this past year. I had to step up and be more assertive. It wasn't comfortable for any of us, but it was completely... (more)Read 2 Answers
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Do people prefer living in houses or apartments as upperclassmen? What are the benefits and drawbacks of both?

I prefer living in a house. You aren't sharing a thin wall with your neighbor. You don't have people blasting bass above or below you.... (more)Read 4 Answers
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What are some tips for keeping my utility bills low?

Watch when you use your AC. If it's getting cooler at night, leave windows open and the AC off to air out your space without making your... (more)Read 4 Answers
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What are the necessities when it comes to furnishing an apartment?

I think a bed and desk are must haves when it comes to your bedroom. You can rely solely on a mattress if you really needed to. Your desk... (more)Read 4 Answers
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What are the best lesser-known cleaning "hacks" for students without much time in their schedule to completely clean their apartments? What basic supplies should students make sure to have at all times?

The best "hack" is giving yourself time to clean - plan for it - even when you don't want to. I try to clean twice a week (weekend and in... (more)Read 3 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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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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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 is 100% if you are the type of person that absolutely needs their own space and needs to stick to their own schedule. If you... (more)Read 7 Answers
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How do I avoid overpacking when moving in?

I would definitely recommend overpacking to begin with - you won't be a week of living on your own only to realize you only brought a... (more)Read 3 Answers
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Is it better to be randomly assigned a roommate, find someone on your own, or opt to room with someone you know?

I think there is no "best" option because what I found is that even if you feel like you know someone pretty well, you don't completely... (more)Read 3 Answers
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What are the best places to purchase furniture and other items for your house/apartment?

When you're on a budget, your go-to option is most likely going to involve used furniture and decor. A great place to look for used... (more)Read 3 Answers

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