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Apartment Style 101: Refresh and Revitalize with Greenery

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Apartment Style 101: Refresh and Revitalize with Greenery

Posted On: Friday, March 17th, 2017

greenery2Whether you’re decorating a space for the first time or wanting to start the spring off with fresh décor, CTBest has taken the guesswork out of styling your apartment for you. Our apartments offer close proximity to bustling downtowns and a certain irreplaceable cozy charm. It’s important to create a space that is comfortable yet highlights your personality, and that’s what CTBest Apartment Style 101 is here to help you do.

Named the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year, Greenery is meant to represent refreshment and revitalization. While painting the walls may be a problem, this cheery shade of green can be found in décor, furnishings and fashion. To add to the Greenery effect, another trend set to take off happens to be climbing plants. Here are a few ideas we’ve gathered to help incorporate the Color of the Year into your home: (more…)

Spring Break in Connecticut

Posted On: Monday, March 13th, 2017

spring breakThe signs of spring may be minimal, but there are still tiny bright blossoms spotting the ground and peeking around trees, giving an indication that the perfect season is near. Being a full-time college student can be stressful, especially in the winter months when the semester seems like it will never end. When there is a week provided to escape the rough realities of life, experts encourage students to take it! Spring break is a time to get out of the same daily routines; let this be the year you also make changes to your spring vacations and take the roads less traveled.

There is no need to travel far to have a good time and make lasting memories on your much-needed spring break. There are plenty of exciting adventures to be taken within driving distance of your CTBest apartment. Taking in the local sights from surrounding cities and beach towns, as well as touring your new hometown, are all ways to relax and rejuvenate without spending a ton of money. Connecticut has both the shoreline and the countryside for popular spring break alternatives right in your backyard. (more…)

Top 10 Hottest Jobs for College Graduates

Posted On: Thursday, March 9th, 2017

job after collegeColleges and universities across the nation are entering the months of preparation for spring graduation. For seniors who received a job offer during their internships, this can be an exciting time. But for those seniors in their last semester without a post-graduation plan, this could be a few panic-driven months.

If you’re graduating from college in just a few short months with no employment plan in site, the career experts at Zippia have found the 10 best jobs for recent college graduates in Connecticut, in hopes of helping students finding a job in a desired field. These findings were based on job availability, location, salary, growth and work-life balance: (more…)

Ways to Avoid Sickness in College

Posted On: Thursday, January 19th, 2017

avoid sicknessNot only is it a sad day when winter break comes to an end, but going back to class this time of year also means you’re constantly surrounded by people who are sneezing, coughing and looking like they need immediate medical attention. Whether it’s your roommate, at the gym or in the dining hall, germs are in full effect this time of year. Here are some smart ways to protect yourself wherever you are: (more…)

Why the Millennial Generation Chooses CTBest Apartments

Posted On: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

rentalsResearchers define the millennial generation as anyone born between 1978 and the late 90s. The bulk of this generation has graduated college, while the rest are just finishing up. No matter what the situation, millennials feel economically challenged with student loan debt and/or the fact that their bills are higher than their pay. At CTBest Apartments, we know that the cost of living doubled with desire to live life to its fullest is a struggle for many young people in today’s society.

Due to the ever-changing job market and the ability to move geographical locations, millennials are turning more toward renting than owning. They are looking for affordable apartments with functional layouts and simple amenities. A variety of open floor plans such as studios and up to three bedroom apartments are available from CTBest. Listed below are amenities that CTBest offers in different complexes that appeal to the millennial generation: (more…)

Winter in the City – Why it’s Refreshing!

Posted On: Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Winter in the cityStepping outside in the frigid Connecticut air, it may be difficult to remember why winter in the city is something to be thankful for. Besides being ready with all sorts of ice and snow activities, the chilled atmosphere is much more enjoyable for many than a hot, humid and sticky summer day in the crowded streets of downtown. Get to know your surrounding cities when the air is crisp and the twinkling lights create a relaxing, magical feel.

City life comes with distinct odors. While there are fresh flower aromas and whiffs of delicious food on every corner, there are also scents of less appealing matter. In the city, subway platforms can get over 90 degrees in the summer and to beat it all, there is no breeze! With winter in full swing, everyone is a little more insulated in their thick coats and solid boots. Instead of letting the cold temperatures overwhelm you, be thankful that you are saved from the not-so-friendly odors of a big, busy city. (more…)

4 Tips on Surviving as Roommates

Posted On: Thursday, December 1st, 2016

roommatesLiving with other people is hard. Whether you know them or you’re complete strangers, other people’s habits are always different from yours. Many common roommate problems arise because they don’t let each other know their preferences when it comes to certain aspects of apartment living. Whether you differ on being night owls or early risers, how to load the dishwasher or how clean common space should be, it is an adjustment to live with someone else. To help you get to know your roommate better and learn how to communicate more effectively, we’ve compiled these four tips:

  • Create a survey or questionnaire for move-in day. The day you move into your apartment is hectic and time-consuming. You may or may not have time to talk with your roommate throughout the process, but at the end of the day, there will probably be time for some communication. Prior to moving in, create a short survey or questionnaire with questions such as, “what do you do on the weekends,” “do you smoke or drink,”  “what’s your sleep schedule like,” and “how often do you clean?”  These simple questions can help resolve issues before they even arise. Learn as much as you can about your roommate so communication becomes easier and more effective down the road. (more…)

How to Overcome Finals

Posted On: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

finalsThe first day of the semester for a college student is invigorating and exciting. As time wears on, however, cooler weather is a reminder that finals are just around the corner. Dealing with the pressure of finals, especially your first year in college, can take a toll on your mind and body. Here are four quick things you can to do beat the stress of finals:

  1. Exercise: Who has time to exercise when you have three finals in one week? Taking just 30 extra minutes a few times per week for physical activity can release an overall positive feeling within the body. You will think better and have improved performance because of the endorphins that exercise releases. Take advantage of the hiking trails and parks that are close to your CTBest apartment. (more…)

Getting to Know Your Neighbors

Posted On: Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

When it coneighborsmes to getting to know neighbors, it’s natural to want to avoid the awkward conversations for as long as possible.  Much of the stress that is related to apartment living goes back to issues with neighbors, so getting to know the residents that surround you can make your life a lot easier. By simply saying hello, giving a small gift or hosting a get together in the party room (or clubhouse) of your complex can open your world up to new possibilities.

As strange as you may feel knocking on your neighbors’ doors and saying hello while bringing them a baked good, you will feel even more foolish beating on their door telling them to keep the noise down. Aside from your insecurities, an effortless greeting to a stranger never hurt anyone. There will be some residents who may give you a weird look, while the rest will be thankful for the kind smile. Having good neighbors gives you a sense of community and it also allows for open communication. When you know your neighbors, you learn their habits and attain a sense of their personalities. This information benefits you by giving you guidance on how to handle issues that arise within the complex. For example, if your upstairs neighbor works during the night, you know that your nights will be quiet, but you may hear stirring around throughout the early morning hours. (more…)

Apartment Style 101: Space Savers

Posted On: Friday, October 28th, 2016

Storage SolutionsMoving to a new place brings on a mixture of emotions, with excitement being a big one. You are finally making decisions for yourself and living on your own terms. On moving day, your bags are packed and you’re ready to move in. When you arrive at your new apartment, you suddenly realize the lack of space you have. Where are all these bags you packed going to go? Here are a few space saving hacks for each room of your apartment to help you maximize your space and stay clutter-free:

  • Living Room: Combine furniture with storage. You can find several inexpensive pieces of furniture, whether it be an ottoman or a table, that allow you to store a great amount of stuff. You can also stack furniture for a more contemporary look. Consider buying wooden pallet crates and stacking them along a wall for décor and storage, such as the one shown here. (more…)