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My roommate does not clean out his cat's litterbox often enough. He keeps it out in the living room and it stinks up the entire room, but he doesn't seem to notice. Is there a tactful way to ask him to clean it more often?

My sister is notorious for this with her bunny's cage. You basically have to ask them, without any implication of annoyance, if it's... (more)Read 1 Answer
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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?

It 100% depends on your financial situation. I will say that having your own room/bathroom is fantastic. That being said, if you're in a... (more)Read 10 Answers
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My roommate's friend did something really horrible to him. My roommate was really upset and talked about how they would never be friends. I got really upset too at his friend. But now he has forgiven his friend and expects me to as well. But I think what he did is unforgivable. Any advice?

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My apartment complex does not offer the option to recycle through them but it is something I definitely want to do. How can I still recycle my stuff on my own?

I would do a little research to this end, as there are sometimes alternate options where you can bring your recycling in to ensure that... (more)Read 1 Answer
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What was an unexpected expense you had when moving off campus?

Honestly, I found the sheer amount of store trips for necessities to be unexpected! In a house of 6 people we have to go buy eggs,... (more)Read 8 Answers
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I really like to watch reality tv but my roommate hates it. I try to watch when he is not home, but sometimes he comes in the house in the middle. I don't have a TV in my room and can't usually watch on my computer. He makes rude comments about it but I do not know how to be anymore considerate.

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The walls between my apartment and our neighbors are really thing-- I can even hear my neighbor snore at night. Is this something I can complain to our landlord about-- and is there eve anything that can be done?

Unfortunately, thin walls go with the college territory, and complaining really isn't going to get you anywhere, as they aren't going to... (more)Read 1 Answer
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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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How can my household minimize our electricity and water use in the winter months when it's dark and cold? Long showers are tempting and light is necessary!

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My roommate just started using dating apps, and wants to invite one of his matches over to our apartment for the first date. However, this makes me uncomfortable because neither of us know these people. Is it reasonable to request that they meet elsewhere?

I think that, since you both live in the apartment, you can't dictate what he wants to do with his 50% share of the space. However, I... (more)Read 1 Answer
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Where did you buy decorations for your dorm? Do you have any suggestions on what to buy?

I think spending many hours browsing a wide range of stores and their clearance section will make your dorm the most personal it can be... (more)Read 5 Answers
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I have really long hair and I try to keep it contained, but we all shed at least a little bit. My roommate has been making some nasty comments when he finds a strand of my hair. I don't think he means to offend me, but he does. How can I address this?

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Sometimes, my roommates tells me things that his roommates say about me. The way he says those things make them very off putting to me, and makes me not want to be their friends, though of course it could be a miscommunication of their words. How can I get him to stop telling me these things?

Just tell your roommate to stop and that you don't want to hear these things anymore because they upset you and make you uncomfortable.... (more)Read 1 Answer
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My roommate keeps forgetting to buy her share of the necessities for our apartment (paper towels, toilet paper, etc.). How can I bring it up without sounding like I’m nagging?

If asking nicely doesn't help, you can: 1) get petty and hoard your necessities and essentially force her to go buy some ( I'm mean.. it... (more)Read 4 Answers
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How can I affordably decorate my house?

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What are some tips for keeping your apartment warm in the winter without using up too much gas/electricity?

Buy a space heater to keep in your bedroom if you like it extra toasty. You can also buy thermal curtains to hang over the windows to... (more)Read 2 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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What's a good gift to get all of my roommates that isn't too costly? Is a giftcard too impersonal?

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What are some areas that you might want to compromise on when you're looking for an apartment?

I usually compromise on room size and amenities that the complex offers, like a gym or pool to swim in, even laundry facilities. (more)Read 2 Answers
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When is the best time to move out of your parents' house after college?

I moved back in with my parents after undergrad, since my grad program is close to their house. It's been great not having to pay rent,... (more)Read 4 Answers

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