Find an Apartment as a First-Time Student Renter

find an apartmentFinal exams are fast-approaching, and college students are probably more focused on making it through tests than starting to find an apartment.  However, it’s important to start the search as early as you can, especially if you are a college freshman or sophomore and are renting your first college apartment.  Apartments aren’t usually available for more than two months before your preferred move-in date, so time your search accordingly.  Here are some tips for first-time student apartment-seekers.

What Do You Want?

Before you start the search to find an apartment, it’s important to figure out what your needs are.  Would you rather be close to campus, or further away?  What is your price range?  Would you rather find an apartment with a fitness center?  Do you want an apartment that allows pets?  It can help to make a list of the things you need in an apartment before you continue your search.

Go Online

Next, use an online service like ApartmentSearch to find an apartment.  Websites like have information regarding community amenities, amenities unique to the apartment, a price range, square footage, and more.  Keep a list of potential properties, call them, and follow up regularly.  Especially as summer draws to a close, apartments will fill up fast, so staying on top of your options is key.

Tour the Apartment

When you go on apartment tours, each leasing agent will give you all kinds of information about the apartment that may be hard to remember, especially after your fifth apartment tour.  Writing everything of interest down will help you compare notes later to choose the best apartment for you.

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