When moving to a new city, finding a home is the first thing to do. If this city is one you’re not familiar with, the task can seem daunting. That’s why we’ve created this handy guide to help you find your next apartment, even when you’re hundreds of miles away.
Calculate Your Budget
Before you start scouring listings, you need a couple ways to narrow down your search. The smartest place to begin is with your budget. If you’re moving for a job and know how much you’ll be making a month, divide that number by three – use that number as your max rent. You can also utilize online cost of living tools to compare your current city to your future one, as a way to get an idea of how your expenses will change.
Choose Your Neighborhood
If you're unfamiliar with the city, choosing the right neighborhood can be difficult. Think about your most important criteria, such as proximity to work, public transportation or nightlife – and then start researching online! City websites may have "Best-Of" lists, where they share their recommendations on hip neighborhoods around the city. Social media is another great tool! Post a status asking followers which areas are their favorite and why.
Your ideal apartment is out there, and Apartments.com can help you find it! Online or on the app, use our Polygon tool to browse apartments within a specific perimeter created by you, and then use the Plan Commute tool to see how far your new home will be from your job, school, etc.
Consider Getting a Roommate
When moving to a new city, sharing a space with a roommate has some benefits, like keeping living costs low. Since you'll be living in an apartment with others, you could potentially (depending on your arrangement) lower the amount owed on bills and rent. Looking for a roommate? Check your social networks or Craigslist.