Tips for Living in Huge, High-Density Apartment Complex?

Tips for Living in Huge, High-Density Apartment Complex?

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Tess Wilson
Jul 21, 2015
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Q: I've only ever lived in houses or small, quirky apartment buildings, but my partner and I will soon be moving into one of the gigantic "big box" apartment complexes my introverted self has always avoided. Sharing a sprawling complex with hundreds of other people in extremely close proximity isn't something I've ever done, and I'm worried about feeling claustrophobic and overstimulated by the constant noise/activity around us...

We picked the quietest unit we could find, but it's definitely still going to be noisy based on the environment/size of the building. Choosing another option isn't possible (we needed an incredibly short-notice move-in, and have signed the lease).

Any advice for someone who loves quiet and privacy on transitioning to a high-density housing complex? -Sent by Kimithy

Editor: Much like Kimithy, I like quiet and have spent a dozen years living in apartments in buildings with a maximum of 20 units. The thought of "sharing a sprawling complex with hundreds of other people in extremely close proximity" makes me realize how lucky I've been, even if some of the apartments themselves were no gems. How can Kimithy find peace in a noisy and totally new type of home? And if any of you LOVE living in big apartment complexes, please share what you enjoy about them!

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