Your first apartment: Tips for living on your own (at last!)

Getting your first apartment is an exciting but stressful time. Now you have to deal with real world issues like paying rent and living on a budget. But when college students share a space, there are other things to consider such as a roommate agreement where everyone agrees on things like chores and sharing expenses.

Here's what you need to know about your first apartment. (Credit: Apartment Guide)

Here’s what you need to know about your first apartment. (Credit: Apartment Guide)

Let’s look at some more tips and ideas to consider when you set yourself up in your own apartment or house. Read more

7 college tips for dorm moving day

Moving into the college dorm for the first time can be daunting. College students are often not sure of procedures on the college campus, what to bring, what you can leave at home and what you can buy as you need it (or forget about completely if you realize you’ll never need it).

Follow our tips for an easy moving day process. (Credit: The Edit)

Follow our tips for an easy moving day process. (Credit: The Edit)

Here are some college tips for moving day. Read more

Dorm organization tips for back to school

The time is here again to head back to college. While you may not be chomping at the bit to get back to class, you are surely excited to be with your friends and to be on your own again.

Find some useful dorm organization tips. (Credit: DormDelicious)

Find some useful dorm organization tips. (Credit: DormDelicious)

If this is your first semester or you simply want to ensure you get your dorm just right, I’ve got some organization tips for you that will get you in and unpacked in no time and will keep your room tidy for days (weeks?). Read more

5 DIYs to not try in college

College students like to do things for themselves. It makes you feel independent and in control of your college life. But sometimes you may not have all the information, knowledge or skill; or you may have the wrong information, and doing something yourself could get you into trouble or, unfortunately, could harm you.

There are a few things you just should not do in the dorms. (Credit: Lifehacker)

There are a few things you just should not do in the dorms. (Credit: Lifehacker)

Here are some do not do situations in your college dorm life and campus life that you should leave up to others. Read more

Tips for high school students preparing for college

Know any high school students preparing for college in the fall? Are you trying to get ready to start your own grand university adventure? You may be freaking out a bit, and that’s okay.

Let us help you in preparing for college. (Credit: The News Wheel)

Let us help you in preparing for college. (Credit: The News Wheel)

I’ve got some tips to help you use this final summer at home to your advantage so college will be a breeze! Read more

4 roommate and dorm tips you need to follow

I was excited to live in a college dorm room when I first started college, but having a roommate, the stress of classes, and a new environment can make anyone tense and irritable.

Are you experiencing any roommate problems? (Credit: OCM Blog)

Are you experiencing any roommate problems? (Credit: OCM Blog)

Here are some college tips to get along with your roommate, find roommates that are compatible, and dorm ideas to keep your place organized. Read more

Pros and cons of LLCs for college students

I know what you’re thinking… What are LLCs? A living-learning community on college campus is a residence hall or dorm room building filled with like-minded college students who are all studying the same subject. A relatively new trend in colleges across the country, these professional learning communities, also called interest-based housing, integrate intellectual and residential life.

Would you like LLCs? (Credit: Manhattan College)

Would you like LLCs? (Credit: Manhattan College)

In this new approach to academics, students share a special interest, live in residential halls and take the same classes together. Read more

You ask, we answer: My roomie has an allergy!

Dear J,

My new roommate is allergic to peanuts! My favorite food to sustain life on, is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. How will I go on!?!? Even if I give up my soul food, I’m terrified that a soap/food/product I buy will have peanuts in it! What should I do?

Best,

Rebecca W

Rebecca,

I’m sorry that your PB&J relationship is on the rocks! I’m no doctor but I’ve definitely had a roommate with a shellfish allergy so here is what I can tell you. Read more

5 snowflakes you’ll meet in college and how to shut them down

As I find myself quickly approaching college graduation this May, I can’t help but begin my final semester by asking myself the same question I always do. What’s with all of the snowflakes? In college we meet many new people and have tons of new experiences that will shape who we become and how we handle our lives.

The many types of snowflakes in class.

The many types of snowflakes in class.

Many of these people will have a great amount of influence on our lives and we will keep contact with them in the years to come. However, some will leave us unsure how they have got this far in life and when they will realize that they are not a special snowflake! Read more

How to handle a bad roommate

If you make it through college without a bad roommate horror story, count yourself lucky. My story entails a person who sublet a room from one of my apartment mates for the summer and then proceeded to steal from me—clothes, books, even a watch.

We're so sorry to hear about your roommate problems. (Credit: Reddit)

We’re so sorry to hear about your roommate problems. (Credit: Reddit)

No matter what the offensive behavior is, here are some tips that can help you learn how to handle the worst situation. Read more