How do I get a good apartment at the right time?
April 19, 2011 4:12 PM Subscribe
I'm in College Park, MD for graduate school. My lease ends in August, and I feel like it's time to start looking for a place. I want to stay within a few minutes of campus (lived in Hyattsville before, and really liked that) but also want to try to get a place between $500 to $700 before utilities and cable. I've mostly just known people for the past few places I've lived, so I'm looking for some advice on when to start seriously looking, where to look, and other advice.
posted by codacorolla to Home & Garden (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Further details and requirements:
- I've spent the past year in a really bad situation with a bunch of random undergrads. I want out, and I want my next roomies to be either professionals, grad students, or engineering majors.
- Everything on Craigslist right now seems to be renting for the next few months. If I'm trying to get a place for August (I could possibly swing paying two rents for July, but would like to avoid it) then when's the best time to be looking?
- Has anyone commuted DC to CP, or Bethesda/Rockville/Silver Spring to CP? If so how bad was the commute, and where would you recommend in the metro area?
- I'd prefer to be closer to campus than to nightlife/attractions. I absolutely hate the town of College Park, but I like being close to campus, and spend most weekends in Baltimore anyway. I have a car, so transportation isn't a huge issue.
- I'm pretty clean, quiet, and fun to hang out with (if I may be so modest), so anyone who's also looking for a place in the DC area and wants a MeFite roomie, well... that's probably too much to ask, but I figure it can't hurt.
Any advice, tips, or leads would be appreciated. I feel like apartment hunting is just one more thing on my shoulders at the moment, and I don't want to wait too long and get stuck somewhere terrible.