Striking out on your own for the first time and renting an #apartment?  Campus Talk Blog has some tips for making sure you find the perfect place!
It’s best to start searching early, at the very least early in the summer and ideally the semester before you’ll need to move in.  Most apartments geared towards students will allow you to “pre-lease”, meaning you arrange your living several months in advance of your move date.
Once you’ve started looking, explore your potential neighborhood and get a feel for the area.  Pay close attention to what areas feel good and what you don’t like.  
When it comes time to tour, make sure you visit at least three to four apartments.  This allows you to get a feel for what’s out there that you can afford and also gives you backups in case your first choice is gone by the time you turn in your application.
Be sure to write down key features of each apartment as you tour it and any up or downsides.  Does it seem noisy?  Is everything in working order?  Are the grounds and buildings well maintained?
If you find something you love, be prepared to put down a deposit to hold it.  You don’t want to find the apartment of your dreams only to lose out because you didn’t act fast enough.  As a college student, you will probably need a co-signer since you will not have established credit or rental history.
Before you sign your lease, be sure to read it thoroughly.  Take careful note of any special clauses, what the security deposit is, when rent is due, and what the penalty is for not paying on time.  If possible, you should also do one more walk-through of the apartment to be sure it’s still in the same condition as when you initially saw it.
Don’t be intimidated by the rental world, San Marcos Apartment Experts is here to help you find the perfect apartment, whether it’s your first or your tenth!  Give us a call today at 512-805-0123.

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