Living with new people in a new city can be scary, but luckily, Stephanye found Common. Access to incredible amenities, community events, and a great city has given her the opportunity to make lifelong friends. Stephanye spoke with us about what her relationship with her roommates is like and why Common was the best choice for her.
Hi Stephanye! How long have you been living at The Lanes by Common? How has your experience been?
I’ve been living at The Lanes by Common since April 2021 and It’s been really great. I found Common when I was doing an apartment search and I was really curious. I applied, got approved, and moved in. For the first month, I didn’t have roommates. I got a notification that two people would be moving in and I was nervous at first because I didn’t know what the dynamic would be like, but we get along really well.
Being new to the city, I really enjoyed Common. It’s hard to make friends when moving during a pandemic, but Common has given me the opportunity to make lifelong friends and I’m super grateful for that. There’s a really good community vibe — we all take care of each other.
What’s your favorite memory of you and your roommates?
We have lots of fun roommate stories. My favorite memory is the movie night we had. Everyone orders different food for dinner and we hangout in Justin’s room. We’re trying to make movie nights a thing, because we have lots of movies on our list.
What are some of your favorite things to do with your roommates?
We all have different schedules, but once we got in the groove of living together, we found time to hangout. One of my roommates, Justin, has a TV in his room so we have roommate movie nights. We have a patio where we hangout, have drinks, and chat. We also like to go out and check out the bar scene in the city. We’ve gone to Gantry Plaza State Park a few times to see the Pepsi-Cola sign and take pictures and hangout.
What advice would you give someone who is worried about making new friends in a new city?
It’s important to get involved and explore. There’s so much to do in New York City, so you can always make new friends by exploring the area. When I first moved in, I went to a wine and cheese night and met other members at The Lanes by Common. People are always hanging out on the rooftop, so that’s another great way to meet other people too.
What advice would you give someone who is moving into a coliving suite?
It’s super important to have boundaries set up because people operate differently in terms of cleaning schedules and groceries. But coliving is a really great way to meet other people and get other ideas for things to do in the city. It’s also a great thing to do when you’re in your 20s because you can meet people your age who are going through similar life experiences.
Some fun stuff!
If you could describe your friendship with your roommates in one word what would it be: Siblings!
Ideal Friday night out in NYC: Start in the Lower East Side and go into Midtown — grab dinner and drinks, then hit up a club.
You can never have enough _____ in Astoria: Breakfast sandwiches. There’s always a good deli nearby that makes a mean bacon, egg and cheese.
You can never have enough _____ in New York City: Adventures. There’s always something cool to do whether it’s a special artwork on display, or a pop up concert. You’ll never be bored in this city!
Favorite subway line in NYC: The IND
The most-played song right now: good 4 u by Olivia Rodrigo