Finding The Right Apartment Before School
A good starting point to find an apartment fresh out of college or still in college would be to contact your school’s housing office. Most schools have them, and they are a great resource because they will help you connect with the nearby landlords who offer one-year leases.
You can also look for apartments online, but you might not get the best deal as you would through your school. Also, be aware of scams while using unofficial sites. There are tons of unofficial websites where you can find an apartment such as craigslist or Facebook. You can view the unit and ask questions before deciding to make sure that you feel good about applying to this apartment. If you are interested in an apartment, make sure you are ready to apply right away. Have your references available, and first and last months deposit in the bank and ready to pay. The sooner you apply, the better your chances are of landing the apartment.
Searching for an apartment can be very time consuming, and many don’t have free time in between long workdays to do so. You can set up alerts on your phone or computer to notify you when a new listing is posted.
Another option that may work for some is to work with a professional real estate agent. Although it costs money, you might find the perfect fit by doing this. They are trained and hired to help each person to find a living space that will make them comfortable.
Knowing the area somewhat well will help the resident feel more comfortable at any time of the day. Visiting the city during morning or night will give you an excellent idea of the vibe. Ideally, if it is close enough to campus, you will feel nice and safe. Knowing your neighbors is also a great thing to have after first moving in. Another thing to consider is, can you afford a luxury apartment, or will you be paying monthly dues to a slumlord?
It can be challenging finding an apartment that meets all of your standards, but if you are patient and prepared, you will land in the right spot. Also, if you have a realtor, they will ensure that you are in an excellent apartment. Even if it isn’t, the perfect fit, it is most likely only a 1-year lease, so you are not stuck there forever.