Start searching a few weeks before you arrive in the new city or town. Contact prospective roommates or landlords,
and try to arrange an appointment to see the apartment.
Look on Craigslist for apartments, rooms for rent and temporary sublets. For large American cities, the fee-free Craigslist
is a gold mine of opportunities. For less-populated areas or foreign locales, you’ll probably find fewer listings, but it’s still worth a try.
Search the online classifieds of the city’s local newspaper. In places where Craigslist is less popular, newspaper
classified ads are usually full of listings for roommates and apartments.
Ask to see photographs of the apartment, including the bedroom, common areas and surrounding neighborhood.
Speak with your potential roommates or landlord on theÂ phone. This can help you spot personality conflicts and detect dishonesty.
Get all the facts about the apartment. What are the dimensions of the bedroom, kitchen and living room?
What amenities are provided? What bills are included in your rent payment? How much is the security deposit, and what are the terms for getting it back?
Find out about the surrounding neighborhood. Is it safe to come home late at night? Are grocery stores and public
transportation nearby? Is parking available?