Rental Basics

So you’re ready to search for the ideal apartment. How do you know what to look for? The following resources will help you find an apartment that fits your budget and lifestyle.

Common Rental Abbreviations
B/r? E/i/k? O/st/prk? Rental ads use all kinds of confusing shorthand. Translate them into English using our list of common rental abbreviations (150K PDF).

Is This Apartment for Me?
There’s a lot to think about when choosing your first apartment. Bring a copy of the apartment checklist (150K PDF) with you to fill out when you visit apartments, so you’ve got all the info you need when it’s time to make a decision.

What’s Wrong (or Right) with the Place?
When seeing an apartment for the first (or second) time, you want to be really thorough in checking locks and appliances, making sure all the outlets work, etc. Bring a copy of the apartment condition checklist (130K PDF) with you to every apartment visit.

Are We Compatible?
Fill out the roommate worksheet (100K PDF) to find out if you and your potential roommate(s) might be a good match.