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  • +49

    Apartment Packing Checklist

    Apartment Packing Checklist
    Living Room Sofa Throw pillows Chairs (canvas director's chairs are foldable) Coffee table End table TV/VCR/DVD TV stand Stereo Phone Answering machine Floor lamp Table lamp Bookcase Shelving Stacking crates Sheet to cover couch (for parties) Plant Curtains/blinds Fan Rug (if floor isn't carpeted) Coat rack Doormat Picture-hanging hooks Posters/art Power strip Extension cord Dry erase board (to leave messages ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +49
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    The Pros and Cons of Going Greek

    The Pros and Cons of Going Greek
    You've heard the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s time to explore the idea and form your own opinion. Whether you’re in high school thinking contemplating the idea for the future or are entering college this year, it’s helpful to hear the positive and negative aspects so that you’re able to make an educated decision on whether or not going ...
    Published 9 days ago | Rated: +31
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    What to Ask Your Future Roommate

    What to Ask Your Future Roommate
    There’s so much to cover yet it can be so overwhelming that you have no idea where to begin! May we suggest starting with the essentials and building a roommate relationship from there? Here are ten questions to ask your future roommate to help prepare for the year ahead: 1. What time are you planning on moving in? Is anyone helping ...
    Published 4 months ago | Rated: +29
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    The Forgotten College Student

    The Forgotten College Student
    This year, when you’re nestled all snug in your bed, with visions of sugar-plums dance in your head, take a moment to think about the forgotten college student. Not sure who we’re talking about? Then keep reading. We've all encountered the homeless, whether it’s through volunteering, in passing on the street or in the news. To many, it seems like a ...
    Published 7 months ago | Rated: +27
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    21 Cool Items All College Students Can Use

    21 Cool Items All College Students Can Use
    We’ve found all of the stuff a college student could want – at the best prices around! This list includes everything that can be used in both dorm rooms and apartments to keep the roommates at bay and to let you play. After all, what’s college if you can’t have a little fun in between classes? (Don’t worry – there are ...
    Published 14 days ago | Rated: +27
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    Moving Day Misery

    Moving Day Misery
    Even when everything goes smoothly moving day is stressful. It's even worse when you have to deal with bad weather, a contentious landlord or both. Fastweb users share some of their worst moving day memories. "It was raining that day, so everything was getting wet. I got water in my TV and when I plugged it in, it had sound but ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +25
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    Avoid Subletting Nightmares

    Avoid Subletting Nightmares
    Maybe you can't finish the semester due to an unexpected emergency, or won't stay in town for the summer. But you don't want to pay rent on an empty apartment, so you figured you'd post a flyer on campus and sublet the place. Subletting is allowing someone to temporarily live in your apartment to cover the rent while you're away. While ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +24
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    A College Student's Complete Guide to Finding & Leasing Off-Campus Housing

    A College Student's Complete Guide to Finding & Leasing Off-Campus Housing
    When looking for off-campus housing, there are questions you need to be sure to ask, some things you're going to need to look out for during tours and it's always smart to learn how to become a savvy renter. If you're not sure where to begin - don't worry! Fastweb has you covered with this all-inclusive college housing and apartment guide ...
    Published 4 months ago | Rated: +24
  • +23

    15 College Dorms with Crazy-Awesome Amenities

    15 College Dorms with Crazy-Awesome Amenities
    Why live in a cell-like dorm when you can have the comforts of home? Or, perhaps even, an upgrade from home. Many of these dorms are more luxury resort hotels than typical college residence halls. Some schools have one ultra-fancy dorm (specified), while others have dorms that are so luxurious, we couldn’t pick just one. Chances are that students living on ...
    Published 21 days ago | Rated: +23
  • +22

    Budget Savvy Back-to-School Shopping

    Budget Savvy Back-to-School Shopping
    Heading to college is exciting…and expensive! Whether you're going for the first time or returning for a new semester, there are likely items you'll have on your shopping list that quickly add up to one hefty sum. Wise shoppers stretch dollars, so don’t overspend on things you don’t have to (which is pretty much everything, by the way). How? It’s easy ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +22
  • +21

    Coping with a Bad Roommate

    Coping with a Bad Roommate
    You’ve got the roommate everyone dreads – they’re dirty, they use your stuff and they’re up all hours of the night doing who-knows-what with so-and-so. If they won’t leave your stuff alone, eat your food and borrow things without permission you’ve got different options (some of which are not recommended) of how to deal with the situation. You can deal with ...
    Published 10 months ago | Rated: +21
  • +20

    The Reality of Renter's Insurance

    The Reality of Renter's Insurance
    Your landlord has got you covered if your apartment burns down, right? Wrong. You may not think your stuff is worth a lot, but you may change your mind if you are forced to replace everything. Renter’s insurance is an important and inexpensive safeguard against damage to your belongings. Anyone who rents can purchase renter’s insurance. Even students who live in ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +20
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    Deal with Roommate Conflicts

    Deal with Roommate Conflicts
    The beginning of Laura Maxwell's experience at William Woods University was a little more stressful than she expected - thanks to a messy roommate. Her roommate's closet was a landfill spilling into the middle of the floor constantly threatening to take over the room. An ever-growing mound of crunchy laundry remained unwashed for weeks at a time and her shoes smelled ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +20
  • +20

    Are You the Bad Roommate?

    Are You the Bad Roommate?
    A very wise man once said, “If you don’t have a weird roommate, you are the weird roommate.” Okay, it was Conan O’Brien, not Confucius, but it still might hold truth. After all, nobody’s perfect so your normal may be someone else’s weird. There are ways to cope with bad roommates – but that’s almost easier than realizing that you are ...
    Published 10 months ago | Rated: +20
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    Know Your Renter's Rights and Rest Easy

    Know Your Renter's Rights and Rest Easy
    Don’t lose the security deposit on your apartment or get evicted because you weren’t familiar with your rights and responsibilities. It pays to know your renter’s rights. Your Lease Your lease is a binding contract. If you are familiar with the terms of your lease and what the law requires of you and your landlord, you can avoid problems. Fail to ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +18
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    Move Over, Traditional Dorms. Luxury Housing Has Arrived!

    Move Over, Traditional Dorms. Luxury Housing Has Arrived!
    The days of stark, boring dorm rooms are gone, at least, at some colleges. Who would choose to live in a room resembling a jail cell when there’s an option for a room with a view – city style? Enter, Campus Crest Communities, Inc., a company devoted to the creation of fully furnished, luxurious dorm accommodations. The publicly traded company, based ...
    Published 11 months ago | Rated: +18
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    Top 10 Colleges with the Most Expensive Room & Board

    Top 10 Colleges with the Most Expensive Room & Board
    At Fastweb, college rankings are a guilty pleasure. Whether it’s for fun or for research, it can be interesting to predict which schools made each list and find out which actually made it. Here comes another such list: colleges that charge the most for students’ room and board. It likely won’t come as a surprise that the majority of the colleges ...
    Published 9 months ago | Rated: +17
  • +16

    Dealing with Apartment Damage

    Dealing with Apartment Damage
    Broken furniture. Outdated appliances. Student rental properties aren't always in the most pristine condition. But that doesn't give you a free pass to walk away if you knock a three-foot hole in the wall. All tenants have certain obligations to their landlord. The lease you signed does more than state your move-in date and rent. It also contains a slew of ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +16
  • +15

    School Support

    School Support
    Being on your own and away from your family can be nerve-wrecking, especially if you’re not feeling well or you’ve got an issue that needs resolving. Luckily, colleges have you covered with various school services so that, no matter what the situation, you are not alone! Whether your issue is personal, health-related, a financial struggle or social, there’s likely somewhere on ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +15
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    Live With Your Parents After Graduation?

    Live With Your Parents After Graduation?
    If you’re thinking about moving back home with your parents after graduation or have already done so, ask yourself this: Do the pros not only outweigh the cons, but substantially so? Nearly half of this year’s college grads say yes. In MonsterTRAK’s 2007 survey of college students and recent grads, 48 percent of the Class of 2007 said they planned to ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +13
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