Renting Your First Apartment – What To Know

Moving into your first apartment can be an exciting time. Being independent, living away from your parents, and having somewhere to call their own is just a few of the reasons why young adults look forward to their first apartment. Before making that decision as to which apartment you should rent there are several factors that you should consider.

Your needs

You should look for an apartment that suits your needs such as first floor apartment, apartments for adults only, two bedrooms, pool, etc. You can find apartment listing sin the newspaper or online. Some websites will allow you to take virtual tours of the apartments that are for rent. This will help you see the floor plans and what amenities are offered without making the trip to see the apartment if they are not what you are looking for.


First, it should be located in a safe neighborhood. If you are going to school, you may want an apartment near campus. If you are working you may want it near work or near a bus line or subway if you need to use those modes of transportation. You should also consider if you want it located in a neighborhood where many children live or do you prefer a quieter neighborhood. Maybe you want an apartment that is close to shopping and entertainment.


This can include dishwashers, have washer-dryer hookups in the apartment, free cable, and WiFi, have a balcony or small patio, etc. Some apartments may have a laundry room that is shared by the residents of the apartments so you need to check to see how many washers and dryers are available and if it is a well-lit area. You may also want to see if they allow pets if you have one. These are just some of the amenities that apartments may offer.

Other considerations

• Although the apartment may be in a good safe neighborhood look at the condition of the buildings, the sidewalks leading to the apartments, the locks on the doors, the landscape, etc. You want to make sure that the landlord takes care of the property and keeps the grass mowed and that the apartment building does not appear run down.

• If possible, try to talk to some of the residents to see if the landlord is prompt on fixing any problems that might come up.

• Check the lease carefully to make sure that there is nothing in it that was not discussed and agreed upon.

• You should also check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure that there have not been any complaints filed against the owner and/or landlord of the apartments.

• Make sure it is within your budget and can afford the rent each month.