Tips for finding a place to rent

Life’s Financial Journeys

Heading Off to College
Getting Out on Your Own
Blending Two Lives
Having a Child
Emptying the Nest
Entering Retirement
Death of a Life Partner
Military Life

When looking for that first place to rent, there are many things to consider. One of the most obvious is how much it costs and if you can afford it. Location is always important, as you want to be close to school and/or work, as well as being in a safe neighborhood.

Read and understand the terms of the lease. If you do not understand something, have it explained. Most landlords have specific restrictions on what can and cannot be done to the rental.

The following resources may assist you in helping you find your first apartment:

Some basic information about renting

Ten tips for searching for an apartment

Tips for renting your first apartment

Estimating the cost of utilities

Rental assistance

Heading Off To College Tasks

1. Managing your own money
2. Finding a place to live
3. Setting up your own banking account
4. Getting your first job
5. Using credit wisely while in school

Finding a place to live Subtasks

1. Keys to successful dorm living
2. Tips for finding a place to rent
3. Your rights as a tenant
4. Avoid rental scams


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