Community Living

Discover what community living is all about! Explore these articles and learn about dorms, apartments, townhomes and condos.


Dust is made up of dead skin cells, pollen, mold, bacteria, lead, arsenic, pesticides and decomposing fibers from the things around us. It's gross, and you shouldn't let it go unchecked. But how often do you really need to dust your dorm?

You're not going to like the answer. You're also not going to like what can happen if this creeping crud goes untreated.

You know you need to free your messy dorm room of laundry monsters and really old pizza boxes. But you haven't. So instead we will ask this more pressing question: How long can you get away with not cleaning your room?

Depending on the rules in your neighborhood, your homeowners association might not take care of your windows. Never fear -- with a few tips, you can handle this job like a pro.

The toilet handle. The light switch. These are places in the bathroom we forget to clean. And in a dorm bathroom used by lots of people, leaving these forgotten areas dirty can be damaging to your health. What else should be added to the list?

If you're a renter, cleaning your windows involves taking care so you don't damage anything but still get sparkling results. Let the sun shine in with these window cleaning tips for apartment dwellers not blessed with a window-cleaning service.

In college you might be unlucky enough to live with him or her – the slobby roommate. Or you might be the "relaxed" one, forced to live with an annoying neat freak. How can the two of you coexist happily?

It's a jungle in there. Especially when sharing a bathroom with a bunch of people. Follow these basic etiquette and personal hygiene tips and you just might live to tell the tale of your shared bathroom experience.

You know the mantra for the Navy SEALs that says, "Leave no man behind"? When you're heading for the showers in your dorm, leave no flip-flop behind.

Ready for college? You have your laptop and backpack. How about your hazmat suit? Oh, no one told you about the dorm bathroom? Read on to get prepared for this toxic environment!

So, you've found the perfect apartment -- the location is great, there's lots of space, and you're ready to move in with some close friends. But before you pack everything up, make sure you take a close look at the lease.

Townhouse dwellers get to share a lot of things -- driveways, outdoor spaces, walls and occasionally pest infestations, too. Learn how to keep pests away from your townhome.

So you're too young, fit and fantastic for assisted living or a nursing home? Do you want a little security mixed in with remaining social? A senior apartment may be the best option.

We know you're eager to get unpacked, but this is important. If you aren't meticulous about documenting pre-existing damage in your new apartment, the manager might keep your security deposit.

Living in the dorms is one of the hallmarks of the college life, but is it the best part of the university experience? We outline five good reasons to love dorm life.

Really? You're supposed to live in this tiny room with two other people? Is there any way to create some personal time and space in an area this cramped?

When you're searching for a new apartment to rent, the last thing you want to think about is probably the presence of pests. But if you ignore some telltale signs, you might find yourself inheriting unwanted critters.

You're really excited for college, but nothing can bring you down to earth faster than the idea of sharing your space with a stranger. Here are five rules to set with your new roomie before things get awkward.

If you learn to organize, you can transform your crowded dorm room into a vibrant, comfortably tricked-out cave of coziness. These tips will help you make good use of the limited space.

Depending on your personality, you may be thrilled with the idea of college dorm life -- or you may be on the verge of a panic attack. Try to relax. This is going to be fun.

College dorm life usually doesn't equate to a healthy lifestyle. In fact, living in a college dorm can make staying healthy seem like an uphill battle; but it doesn't have to be that way.

If you really want to get along with your college dorm roommate, you'll need to take a few simple steps that will make living together much more bearable -- and maybe even fun.

Studio apartments aren't big on space, so good organization is a must. Keep reading to learn How to Get the Most Out of a Studio Apartment.

Making the transition from living at home to living in a college dorm room can be difficult, especially if you don't have much space to work with. But with a little planning, you can make your dorm feel a little bigger.

You're ready to buy that beautiful new condo, but you're not quite ready to sign on the dotted line just yet -- and you won't be until you ask some very important questions.