Looking for apartments for rent? 10 tips for choosing the best option
Are you looking for an apartment for rent? Then don’t miss the following 10 general tips: you’ll find it easier to find and book your ideal home, no matter the city where you’re looking 🙂
1. Think about your own preferences
This should be definitely your starting point. Ask yourself certain questions: would you rather live alone or share your experience with others? It’s pretty different to live and enjoy the city in a busy shared flat or to relax after a long day in a quiet complete apartment for yourself.
Location can also be quite important when it comes to housing…For example, are you willing to use the public transport to reach your office or university lessons every day, or is walking your only option? But not only that. What kind of neighbourhood would you like to live in? We’ll get more into detail about this in tip number 2!
Eixample neighbourhood (Barcelona). Source: Mathieu Marquer (www.flickr.com)
Plus, it’s positive that you ask yourself certain questions regarding amenities. Which ones are a must for you and which ones are just a dispensable preference? For example, air conditioner, WiFi or a private bathroom can be essential for some, but not for others.
2. Read information about the city neighbourhoods
Where are the student apartments located can make such a difference, so it’s a pretty good idea to read information about them (you can check our own guide on some cities in Europe and USA here). Some of them are perfect to live a bohemian way of life, whilst others are residential neighbourhoods where local families live.
Malasaña neighbourhood (Madrid). Source: territorio-hipster.blogspot.com
3. Look for your housing in advance
In some cities it can be really hard to find your ideal housing if you look the week before your check-in, so it’s always a good idea to look for your new home way in advance (or at least some weeks before). Only then the apartments with the best value for money are still available and have not been rented out yet.
4. Set your budget
How much are you willing to spend each month in total? Take into account that some apartments include bills in their monthly rental rate whilst others do not, so when you read the description in the listings make sure to sum everything up! 😉
5. And only look for apartments within your budget
Once you’ve set your budget, it’s a good idea to only look at those apartments to rent within your budget. This will save you from falling in love with properties out of your reach. In addition, you’ll know exactly what you can expect with the budget you have!
6. Take your time to read the descriptions!
On Beroomers you can read detailed descriptions, so it’s always a good idea to take your time to read them, as they will give you an accurate picture about what you would find if you finally booked the property. Sometimes there’s an age limit to occupy a certain room or flat, or there are other types of conditions specified which can make you choose one amongst all possibilities.
7. Be water, my friend
So you’ve thought about everything and well, it’s sometimes not so easy to find exactly what you were looking for…So the best practice is to be flexible. “Be water, my friend”. You’ll surely find something you like, even though you hadn’t thought about it in the beginning!
8. Book online
Booking online is a really good option. In most student cities, available apartments are booked really fast, and what was available in the morning is no longer in the afternoon! Arranging visits can take a long time and in many cases the property is booked before you manage to see the flat for yourself.
9. Book asap!
The last tip allows you to book as soon as possible, so that you make sure that the room or apartment you’ve liked will be yours!
The best part of booking in advance is that you no longer have to worry about housing…Now you can concentrate on thinking about your new experience. Relax…
Are there any tips you would add? You can leave a comment below and help others looking for apartments for rent! 🙂 You can also check our Student Housing Basic Guide for additional tips.
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