Finding the Perfect Student Apartment: Tips and Tricks for First-Time Renters

Are you ready to embark on the exciting adventure of finding your very first student apartment? We know it can seem a bit overwhelming, but don't worry, we've got you covered with some tips to make the search a little less stressful and a lot more fun!


Determine Your Student Apartment Budget

First things first, let's talk budget. You don't want to waste your time drooling over an apartment that ends up being way out of your price range. So, start by taking a good look at all of your expenses to figure out what you can afford. Think about things like rent, utilities, food, transportation, books, and other school supplies. If you're having trouble building your budget, consider an online budget tracker like Mint to help you get started! Once you have a better idea of your finances, you can decide if you need a roommate or if you're ready to live the solo life.


Decide on Your Student Apartment Must-Haves

Next up, let's make a list of your apartment must-haves. Do you need to be close to campus? Do you absolutely have to have a gym in your building? Are you an animal lover that needs a pet-friendly place? Knowing these must-haves will help you narrow down your options so when you meet with your leasing agent, they can help you find the perfect apartment that fits YOU.


Research the Location

Don't forget about the neighborhood! The location of your new apartment can make or break your college experience. Consider things like proximity to campus, local businesses, and the general vibe of the neighborhood. Do you want a quiet place to study, or be close to all the Greek life action? Take some time to explore the different areas if you can, so you make sure you find the one that feels like your new home.


Schedule Tours

Now's the fun part -- once you've found a few apartments that tickle your fancy, schedule some tours! This is your chance to see the apartments in person and discuss any questions you may have with your leasing agent. Take notes and compare each apartment to help you make the best decision. And don't be afraid to let your leasing agent know what you're looking for and thinking -- it's our job to help you find your dream apartment! You can start the scheduling process for your SAMI tour here.


Consider Roommates for Your Student Apartment

If your budget requires, consider getting a roommate or two to share your apartment with! Not only will you save money on rent, but you'll also have built-in friends! Make sure to choose your roommates wisely and work together to set clear expectations and responsibilities so no one is surprised down the road.


Read Your Student Apartment Lease Carefully

Last but definitely not least, read that lease carefully! You'll want to pay close attention to things like rent schedule, move-in dates, lease length, and any desposits. Our leasing agents are always happy to walk you through the lease and answer any questions you may have before signing that dotted line!



Finding your first student apartment can be such a fun and exciting experience when you approach it with an open mind and positive attitude. Remember to ask questions and trust your gut -- you'll know when you've found the right place! Our leasing team at SAMI is here to help you every step of the way, and can't wait to get started on this exciting adventure with you!