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How to Survive Your First Apartment Like a Champ

You did it. You're finally out of the dorms and into your first apartment. No more communal bathrooms, no more awkward run-ins with your RA, and most importantly, no more living under your parents' roof. Congrats!

You did it. You’re finally out of the dorms and into your first apartment. No more communal bathrooms, no more awkward run-ins with your RA, and most importantly, no more living under your parents’ roof. Congrats! 

Now it’s time to learn how to actually adult. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of your newfound freedom without completely losing your mind in the process.

1. Make friends with your neighbors. 

These are the people who are going to have your back when you’re locked out of your apartment or need help carrying groceries up the stairs. Plus, it never hurts to have an extra set of eyes keeping an eye on things when you’re not around. 

2. Don’t procrastinate on bills/chores. 

Adulting is hard and no one likes paying bills or doing laundry. That being said, it will only become more difficult the longer you put it off. We recommend staying on top of your cleaning and bills to help keep yourself organized. Your future self will thank you.

3. Learn how to cook (or at least order takeout like a pro). 

One of the best things about having your own place is finally being able to eat whatever you want, whenever you want it — no more cafeteria food! But unless you want to subsist entirely on delivery, you’re going to need to learn how to cook at some point. 

Luckily, there are tons of resources out there (including YouTube videos and cooking classes) that can teach even the most culinary-challenged among us how to whip up a decent meal every once in a while. And when all else fails, you can check out some of the awesome local restaurants in Tyler, TX.

Moving into your first apartment is a big step — but it doesn’t have to be a scary one! Just remember to be respectful of those around you, take care of business in a timely manner, and learn how to feed yourself.

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