January 20, 2018

Setting Ground Rules for Roommate Success

By Melisa Figueroa They say that roommates are the luck of the draw even with people you know. Some situations are picture-perfect, while others are less than desirable. There are some that start out great but turn sour, and others that start out rocky but turn into lifelong friendships. The key to success is keeping a balance of fairness and friendship to ensure that your apartment will stay a peaceful and positive place for all. Living with people who aren’t your family can be eye … [Read more...]

Preparing Yourself for Your Own Apartment or House

As a campus ambassador for two years at the University of Florida, I believed that the problem that most students had trouble overcoming was their lack of knowledge when it comes to housing. Now, as a graduate of UF and an employee for a local property manager in Gainesville, my suspicious have been confirmed. Every day, I deal with young students who have moved away from home and find themselves facing the culture shock of dealing with your own apartment or house. Lease contracts; separate … [Read more...]

Student’s Guide to Accommodation in the UK

Many people first leave their family and live away from home when they go to university. It’s a big change, and some people can get a little worried. This is a quick guide to accommodation at university and what you can expect to ensure nothing comes as a shock. Types of Accommodation Halls of Residence - Particularly popular with freshers, halls of residence are a great way to meet lots of new friends either in your flat or the many flats within the block. A room in halls may be … [Read more...]

How to handle the move to college

Moving to college is a pretty big deal; you’re saying goodbye to your family home, or at least the home you've known for a while, and moving into a completely unknown environment. You will most likely be sharing a room with someone, negotiating space, and you’ll have to get used to your new surroundings and learn how to budget properly. With all these stresses in mind, you will want to make moving day as easy as possible. If you are moving into an all freshman dorm, there will be a lot of other … [Read more...]

Living and studying abroad… mate!

If you’re a college student, faculty or staff, no doubt you’ve seen plenty of international students on campus. You may even be one yourself. Nowadays it has become a fad and trend to study overseas as it gives a student exposure to a varied, cosmopolitan culture and gives them experience dealing with different cultures, behaviors and characteristics. Many students choose to study overseas because it gives them a chance to even further explore living independently, working part time to meet … [Read more...]

5 Good reasons to join a fraternity

Just about every college campus in America has a Greek system of some kind, better known as fraternities and sororities, exclusive clubs of students with an admissions process, chapters, symbols, secrets and great parties. While sororities have their fair share of fun and scandal, fraternities usually get the most attention due to the problems that have occurred in the past, like hazing and other dangerous incidents. While every organization has a few problems, there are a number of positive … [Read more...]

6 Apartment renting tips for college students

If you are a college student attending a school some distance from your home, you will need to find an apartment close to campus. You may even be looking for a new apartment over the summer or need to move closer to that new internship you just landed. While it is exciting to venture out on your own for the first time, there are some renting tips that all students should follow to make the experience a fun and successful one. 1. Start your search early. You will not be the only student in … [Read more...]

Start with a roommate agreement so you don’t end in disaster

So it’s a new semester and you have a new roommate. You're going to be connected to this person for quite some time, so this time you want to make sure that it will get off to a good start. Based on my own real-world experience, I recommend signing a roommate agreement. First, ask your resident assistant or a staff member in Residence Life to help you create or locate a roommate agreement. The form may be located online or your school may offer a roommate agreement as part of Student Services … [Read more...]

Rookie Fire Safety Mistakes Most Students Make

If you’re planning on going to college, the thought of living away from home for the first time can be exciting and the first step towards real independence. However, it might come as a shock to you more than you might have initially thought. While it might be nice to get a bit of space from your parents, you’ll need to get used to your parents no longer being around to cook your meals, tidy your room and well, generally take care of you. So a sudden change from a cushy lifestyle at home to … [Read more...]

Small Place, Big Space: How To Make The Most of Smaller Living Areas

So, you've arrived at your new college digs with a truck full of stuff and a can-do attitude. The place looks nice on the outside and when you unlock and open the front door, the inside takes your breath away - but not in a good way. "It's tiny!" you exclaim. We've all been there. College is a time when you'll inevitably be dealt the micro-loft apartment, the 400-square-foot studio, or one-room bungalow. But don't despair! The fact is, even the smallest spaces can be perfectly functional … [Read more...]