What to consider when making a final decision?
Ask yourself what amenities are most important to you and which ones you are willing to sacrifice.
The apartment may have a washer/dryer unit but has an older kitchen setup.
Choose which things you have to have and be willing to sacrifice certain amenities that may not be as important to you.
- Live on the outskirts of the city. Rent is usually cheaper
- Look for new complexes. There will usually be rent promotions in order to fill units.
- Negotiate the rent down. If the landlord really needs to get their apartment rented then see if there may be some wiggle room with the price
- Find a Roommate. I know you're done with college, but having a roommate will help lower the amount of money that you will be putting towards rent.
Other items to add to your apartment budget
- Kitchen: Pots, pans, dish towels, baking dishes, plates, cups and glasses, flatware, coffee maker or kettle, microwave, spices, condiments and preparation essentials like knives, utensils and cutting board.
- Dining: Table and chairs or TV trays.
- Living room: Place to sit (futon, floor cushions, couch), TV, bookshelf, lamp(s) and music source (laptop, iPod dock).
- Bedroom: Bed, dresser, nightstand, mirror, sheets, pillow(s), blankets, bedspread and lamp.
- Bathroom: Shower curtain, toiletries, bath mat, towels, toilet brush and plunger.
- Miscellaneous: Cleaning supplies (including a mop, broom, dustpan, vacuum cleaner and sponges), iron and ironing board, decorations, paint, curtains or blinds, supplies for your pet, light bulbs, paper products and laundry supplies.
Remember this stuff adds up so shop around for the best prices.
Source: Affordable Apartments for College Graduates