Roommates

Roommate Stealing Food: How to Approach the Situation

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One of the most frustrating situations you can encounter in your apartment is living with a roommate who is stealing your food. Not only does it affect the amount of food you have available and your financial situation, it places you in an awkward situation. If your roommate is stealing your food, here’s how you […] read more

Can Your Roommate’s Noise Complaints Come Back to Haunt You?

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You can’t ignore noise complaints against your roommate, especially very loud noise all night during a party, because it may come back to haunt you. Even if you’ve learned to deal with it, your neighbors may not appreciate an interruption of their rights to enjoy a quiet and peaceful environment in their apartments. When they’ve […] read more

Roommate Smoking in Your Apartment: How to Deal

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When your roommates are smoking in the apartment, you have to deal with secondhand smoke, foul odors and potential damages to your apartment. Come moving out time, you may have to pay for damages to fix wall or furnishing discoloration and accidental burns as well as a thorough cleaning to get rid of the smoke […] read more

Language Barrier: How to Communicate with an ESL Roommate

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Living with an ESL (English as a Second Language) speaker poses a few challenges. While living with someone from another country can be a rewarding experience, you want to make sure that you share proper roommate communication so that you both understand what’s expected of the other. Clearly Define Responsibilities When ESL students first move […] read more

Dealing with Roommates: How to Share Your Studio

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It is a challenge to share a studio with a roommate or two, but it is possible. However, there are many factors that need to come into play for a successful, symbiotic relationship and/or living arrangement to occur. Friend or Faux Living with a friend or family member in a small space is often somewhat […] read more

Apartment Utilities: Under Your Name or Your Roommate’s?

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Paying for apartment utilities have been the cause of many conflicts and roommate splits. Many fights can be avoided in the first place, with a well thought out and negotiated roommate agreement. Even then, there are roommates who breach contracts, and refuse to pay for the utilities they agreed to pay for. It’s a touchy […] read more

Noisy College Roommate: How to Handle a Music Major

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You might think this would never happen to your college roommate, but then again, it just might: call it an occupational hazard, but some of the music majors who move to a campus to study their favorite instrument start to go a little out of control. After all, where most students study out of books, […] read more

Shared Bathroom Etiquette: Roommate Basics

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When you live with a roommate, etiquette is important in sharing common spaces—especially bathroom etiquette. Bathrooms are the hub of most people’s morning routines and are also very personal spaces, hence the importance of being respectful and mindful of one another’s needs and preferences. Here is some basic bathroom etiquette to consider as you embark […] read more

How to Protect Your Property When Your Roommate Moves

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One of the many hardships of living in an apartment space with other people is the idea of employing strategies to protect property that you own, or things that you have bought in common with roommates. In most cases, a good technique for safeguarding items is necessary for the entire duration of your stay in […] read more