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How do you apartment search?

Lavia

How do you apartment search?
« on: April 28, 2004, 05:00:45 PM »
Hello, I have some worries.

I'm sending in my deposit to one out of state school, but am hoping to get off the waitlist at another.

I realize I need to plan as if I'm going to the accepted school, but I want to have housing researched and all but decided on in both states. But, I don't have a lot of money/time(time IS money if I have to drive out of town for a few days).

How can I do this? I want to move in by July 31.

Arrghh!!! This moving across the state is SO HARD! I have to make a living and try to save some money (so I'm trying to get a part time job now too), but I also need to drive to the city(ies) I'm going to in order to secure housing.

And I need a place that is rent from the owner (bad credit). Or can I find an apartment agent who understands that I'm in school, and understands that I will pay for the place up front for several months? Loans are given directly in a lump sum I believe, so I could conceiveably pay for several, or maybe even 9 months, all in the beginning. They may work with me then, right???

Any thoughts? Anyone else in the same boat?

Lavia  ???

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Re: How do you apartment search?
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2004, 05:03:33 PM »
Contact the school.  They should have info on apartments commonly rented to their students and possibly even roommate services.  Good luck!

Re: How do you apartment search?
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2004, 09:27:38 PM »
You can also look for apartment referral people (they work to find you an apartment) if the city is fairly large.  Loans are paid in lump sums - but usually twice a year (spring and fall semester) so don't plan on getting everything at once.  Private rentors also do credit checks typically - so either way you will probably have to explain the situation with your credit.

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Re: How do you apartment search?
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2004, 06:36:52 AM »
Lavia,

If you are talking about Georgia State in Atlanta, I am an expert on apartments near GSU.  For a one bedroom you can expect to pay $500 to $1000 a month.  I think you can find something acceptable in the $650-750 range.

Check out www.creativeloafing.com -- New issue published on Thursday!

Let me know before you come into Atlanta.  I can help out more.

Re: How do you apartment search?
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2004, 07:49:08 AM »
In the past, I've used student loans as a sort of proof of income to show that I will be able to pay. Most apartments don't care much about your credit, as long as you have the money. Assuming you'll be in a metropolitan area, check out www.apartmentguide.com.

Re: How do you apartment search?
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2004, 07:59:43 AM »
I've used craigslist to get all of my apartments!  It has links for most cities now.

www.craigslist.org

Re: How do you apartment search?
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2004, 09:18:45 AM »
Umm, there was another thread about finding apartments where someone suggested craigslist, and people started telling their horror stories about finding roomies on there. For non-roomie apartments I think craigslist is okay--but my last roommate found me on craigslist, and let me tell you after that I am never having a roommate again. She chased me down the street yelling at me, among other things...

Re: How do you apartment search?
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2004, 01:14:15 PM »
have you tried craigslist.com?  it's great.

caroline

Lavia

Re: How do you apartment search?
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2004, 04:28:42 PM »
Thank you all!! It sounds like I could find a place without actually driving there first? I guess I could have friends/family check it out first.

SpeakerDave, yeah, I think Atlanta/GSU is where I'll be going. Are you going there too? I have a memory lapse...you probably told me before.

Thanks! I personally like Norcross (I'm a nature lover), but it may be wise to live closer to campus.

I'M SO EXCITED!! I'm also terrified. I'm going to law school!! It's getting more real everyday!

Lavia

asriyal

Re: How do you apartment search?
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2004, 04:52:29 PM »
I've had great experiences with craigslist.org - true there are some strange people on there, but if you can weed through them, it's a great resource.  I found my current apartment/roommate on it, and it's worked out amazingly.  I use it all the time for furniture, etc. also. 

This may be because I'm currently located in California, however, where it's a popular resource - it might be a lot more limited in other cities.