Adulting 101: Your First Apartment

The first sign of being a true adult is leasing your very first apartment – whether it’s during college or after. Whenever “becoming an adult” is mentioned, stress immediately takes over, but there’s nothing to worry about. Valley has your back with tips that will make “adulting” seem effortless.

The Roommates

Roommates can either be your best friends or strangers who you share a bathroom with. To avoid living with a stranger, meet potential roommates for a cup of coffee or at the HUB for some Panda Express to get to know them. If you are stuck in the middle of a conversation and can’t come up with topics, speak about your cleaning habits. What time do you go to bed? Are you a night owl or an early bird? Getting to know them will help avoid tension and awkward silences when it comes to problems that might arise if you decide to live together.

The Lease

Paperwork can be overwhelming for those who don’t have experience in signing leases under their names. The first thing you should do is to read the lease from beginning to end to make sure you don’t violate any rules that the landlord has written out. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for any clarification on terms that might be too advanced or wordy. Having your parents read it over won’t hurt either.

The Decor

Once you have figured out who your roommates are and figured out the paperwork, all that there is left to do is decorate! Decorating is one of the most exciting parts as this is where our Pinterest pages shine. Create your own style by referring to Pinterest and other inspirational websites such as to make sure your room expresses your personal style. Whether it’s Disney themed or minimalist, it will be a zen place to come home to after a long day of classes and club meetings.

Of course your roommates may become your best friends, however, the best thing about apartment complexes is that you have a whole floor of possible new friends. Branch out during syllabus week and use the free time to your advantage –simply knock on the door and introduce yourself and let nature take its course. Getting your first apartment can be both scary and exciting all at once. These tips will make sure you have a smooth transition into what it means to be an adult!

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