CMU Housing Questions & Answers

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What utilities should I expect to pay when living in an apartment, aside from electricity?

Besides electricity, expect to pay for your water, gas (if necessary), and wifi/cable. Of course, if you're trying to save money, it may... (more)Read 2 Answers
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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?

I think it depends on the person. For me personally I would 100% pay extra for my own room at least because I like being able to control... (more)Read 9 Answers
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My building is non-smoking, but my neighbor smokes and I can sometimes smell it through the vents in our apartment. How can I get them to stop without getting them in trouble with our landlord?

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Is it a good idea to live with good friends or not? What have been your experiences?

I will speak based on the experiences of my two roommates, it's not a good idea. These two were best friends in high school and decided... (more)Read 2 Answers
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What was an unexpected expense you had when moving off campus?

I would definitely say utilities. Right off the bat electric and the A/C and heat shocked me and I had to learn really fast to manage the... (more)Read 7 Answers
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What do you consider to be the benefits of living in a city, and how would you advise others to make the most out of this kind of environment?

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I am a graduate student and this is my first time living with a roommate. How do I adjust to the living arrangements?

Living with a roommate, whether it be someone you know or not, can be difficult, but there are two words you need to abide by: respect... (more)Read 2 Answers
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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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My roommates are party animals. But we're locked into this lease for a year. How do I talk to them without making it a hostile environment for 8 more months?

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My roommates are kind of closeminded when it comes to thinking of how others are impacted by their decisions (i.e. throwing parties, being dirty). How can I get them to try to understand everyone else's feelings without getting into another argument?

Plan how/what you want to say to them without it sounding like you're being judge-y or holier-than-thou and then get everyone to sit down... (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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My roommate and I signed an agreement at the beginning of the semester, but now she's not abiding by it, how do I handle this?

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What are the best plants to have in an apartment?

If you're forgetful or want something super low-maintenance, get succulents! They're pretty trendy, but they're gorgeous and easy to care... (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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My housemates and I keep leaving dishes in the sink and they pile up for days. It's not just one person, I'm guilty of it too. We are all busy, but we have tried to agree to wash dishes every time they are used to cut back on piles. Yet, nothing has changed. How can I fix this?

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I'm a little messy, but don't want to annoy my roommate with it. What are some ways I can become organized and keep my side of the room clean so my roommate doesn't get annoyed?

I think since you are aware of it, then that is already a step in the right direction. First, try to keep everything on your side of the... (more)Read 1 Answer
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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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My roommate demands a lot of my time. I understand that the events occurring in his life are out of his control and that he needs support-- but it is hampering me from getting my work done. How can I create boundaries?

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What's the best way to deal with a roommate that doesn't contribute when it comes to chores?

Try to set up a chore schedule together. If you allow your roommate input into what they can do and when, they'll be more likely to stick... (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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