Renting an apartment that is off-campus and located fairly close to the beach may seem like your first actual chance to be independent and live life on your own terms. Although you may follow a regimented schedule during the week, the weekend is open for you to do as you please. If throwing yourself a housewarming party has come to mind, seek approval from your landlord, be wary of your neighbors, and plan how the party will unfold.
Your Lease Takes Priority
Inviting your friends and family to your apartment may seem like a small feat, but you need to take into account that your lease may have specific rules regarding visits. If you reside in a large, modern apartment complex that caters to families and individuals, it may be more acceptable for you to throw an informal party than if you reside in a private apartment building that is filled mostly with students and young professionals.
Because your neighbors may not be appreciative of loud noise, especially if they are studying or trying to sleep, read over your lease in entirety, to determine if there are any restrictions that you must follow. If your lease doesn't specify any stipulations concerning impromptu parties and visitors, it may still be a good idea to let your landlord know your intentions, especially if you are planning on inviting a rather large group of people over and there are going to be several vehicles parked outdoors.
It Takes Time To Settle In
Hold off on inviting people to your apartment for the housewarming event, until you have had a chance to unpack and get settled. You will probably want to promote a cozy atmosphere and after you have lived in the new rental for a couple of weeks, you may feel more at home and be ready to show off your new living quarters. Decide who you would like to invite and prepare the invitations. Specify what types of items you are in need of so that the recipients will have a good idea of what will make a suitable housewarming gift.
Make the event even more special by incorporating the area into your party plans. Since you are living close to the ocean, maybe you would like to give everyone the opportunity to walk along the beach or visit some local shops and eateries. If so, include this information on each invitation. Start off by welcoming everyone to meet you at your apartment, followed by a light lunch and a tour of the area that you live in.
For more information on how to make your student apartment work for you, contact a local housing agency.
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