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May 4, 2011 9:47 PM Subscribe
AtlantaFilter: Moving to a new city. Looking for an apartment. Haven't quite done this before! Need help.
posted by threeants to Work & Money (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm moving to Atlanta in mid-August to attend Georgia Tech for a Masters program. It looks like with my stipend I may be able to finally live the dream -- have a studio or 1bed of my own. In the few years since college I've been living in all roommate situations, and my name's never touched a lease before. So I have really no idea how to go about this.
The main question I have is logistical. I've never ever been to Atlanta. So I don't want to just plunge into some apartment/neighborhood sight unseen. Ideally, I'd like to find somewhere I can live happily for 2+ years. I have the usual hipsteresque neighborhood desires (walkability, food and culture, diversity, young people, safety, progressive-friendly, etc. -- Somerville, MA, art thou somewhere in Atlanta?) I won't have a car (I know. I know. BUT, this is nearly non-negotiable.) When I moved to New York, I had a friend I could crash with for a week or two, and that took so much pressure off finding a place to live. I don't know anyone in Atlanta; what the heck do I do? I sure can't afford to live in a hotel or something until I find a place I like. I think the ideal would be to sublet a place (with roommates is fine) for the second half of August, but in a studenty area this is exactly when everyone is coming back, I imagine. Are there places that lease for a month or a few?
Any guidance warmly welcomed. Thanks!