Buying candles isn't a life-or-death situation, but when I asked my current roommate what first apartment essential she couldn't live without, she responded "candles" with no hesitation. These tiny accents are the easiest, cheapest, and fastest decorations you can find to make your apartment into your home, which is something you'll want after a long and often discouraging day of moving. Jumping into the unknown, even if it's a welcome change, can be terrifying. A Baltic Amber candle, on the other hand, is instant comfort. We also can't emphasize how helpful candles will be the first time your trash overflows, the first time you burn oil in your kitchen, or the first time your apartment is overrun by an unidentified smell. We don't know when or why it will happen, but it will. And candles will be there to save you.