Looking for an apartment in Austin
June 14, 2011 12:55 PM Subscribe
Looking for an apartment in Austin for this fall. Help me figure out what to do.
posted by SuperNova to home & garden (16 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm starting a job in Austin this September. And I'm starting to figure out my housing situation. I've gotten in touch with an apartment locator (from a recommendation), but I feel like I need to do more to educate myself about the city and what I should realistically be looking for, as well as what else I need to be doing.
I'll be working downtown, and from my visits and general understanding of the area, I think I'll probably be spending a lot of my free time in that area as well. Ideally, I'd love to live there, but I'm not sure if I can make that work given my price range. But close by would be awesome.
I'm 25, male, and want to live alone. Budget, based on some very basic income-based calculations, seems to be $1200-1400/month. I'd like to move in early August; at the latest, I need to be settled in by the end of that month. I cannot move before August 1.
So: What do I do to make that happen? Should I talk to more locators? What neighborhoods should I be considering? What areas should I avoid? Any other tips?
Also, the locator suggested that many places just don't list very far in advance, so it would be hard to get something more than a couple of weeks before I want to move in. True? Options for dealing with this given that I live across the country and have a fairly narrow window to move in?