How to Search a Suitable Student Apartment

Searching for student apartments require more effort than usual. This is because, students have special requirements like proximity to college, libraries and other frequently visited places based on their needs. As students have special requirements, they have some additional ways to search an apartment than others. They can search an apartment in two ways- on campus and off campus apartment search, which includes both online and offline searches.

On Campus Apartment Search: On campus apartment search is the basic way of searching a student apartment.

o It is easy to get information regarding a vacant apartment from your seniors, friends or classmates.

o Check whether your college/school has any magazine, so that you can find or give any advertisement or classified about a vacant apartment.

o Check through the various student clubs like alumni, where you may find information about any vacant apartment.

If you could not find a suitable apartment through these methods, you can search for an apartment through agents. Check for the agents who can give information about vacant apartments in the neighborhood of your school/college. Look specifically for the services run by or for students which may also have a tie-up with your school/college. Also find out if there are any websites run for the students that may help you.

Off Campus Apartment Search: Off campus apartment search is an effective way of searching an apartment as you have better sources.

o Check the advertisements in the local news papers and tabloids for the apartments.

o Approach agents who can reduce your effort of searching an apartment. Go for the one who has experience in finding student apartments.

o Check for the websites that have listings of vacant apartments in the localities you are looking for. Through online apartment search you can instantly access number of apartments rather than offline.

o Look specifically for specialists in student apartments. They will have advertisements or classifieds regarding vacant apartments and some asking to share an apartment, which is more helpful if you are searching for a roommate also.

o Some apartment search websites allows you to post an advertisement free of cost, where you can give your details like the requirements, budgets, locality etc.

Some of these websites also provide ratings to the apartments given by the past and current residents of the particular apartment. These ratings are very much helpful in selecting the suitable apartment.

Find Austin’s Best With An Apartment Locator Service

Remember the story of Goldilocks and the three bears? Goldilocks was looking for something that was “just right” for her, but she had to first try out some things that really weren’t for her.

Finding a new apartment in Austin can make you feel a lot like Goldilocks. Perhaps you have an idea of what you want, but you just don’t seem able to find it. Maybe you aren’t completely sure what you want, but you know you’ll recognize it when you get there.

When you are looking for your “just right” new home, you can tour hundreds of apartment complexes. You can look at photos and virtual tours on the Internet. You can even get recommendations from friends and family.

There is another option that can make your apartment search easier. You can use an apartment locator service. Using an apartment locator service makes finding apartments in Austin as simple as entering your preferences. From there, you just let the experts find the apartments that fit your lifestyle and preferences.

Online rental agencies and websites for apartment complexes have been around for years. However, the concept of a professional apartment locator is a little newer. The service caters to people who are moving to the area and can’t look at apartments themselves.

Even people who are able to see Austin apartments in person use apartment locator services. The honest, expert opinions of the apartment locator professionals keep apartment hunters coming back for help every time they move.

What an Apartment Locator Service Can Do for You

If you already live in Austin, you may wonder why you’d need to rely on an apartment locator service. After all, you can just go look at all of the apartments in Austin yourself, right?

An apartment locator service does much more than just give you information about the complex you’re interested in. It also can give you details about the neighborhood, school district and community services available. An apartment locator service can help you find an Austin apartment based on the criteria that are most important to you.

An apartment’s number of bedrooms or proximity to a school or landmark might be at the top of your list. Or you may need an apartment with a dishwasher or a place to put your prize collection of porridge bowls. The suggestions that you get from your apartment locator service will only include Austin apartments that meet your needs.

Most of us have a price range to stay within when we are shopping for a new apartment. An apartment locator service can search for apartments in your price range with no problem. They also can search for apartments within your price range with the amenities you need. Do you need a dog-friendly apartment with no garage, within a ten-minute walk of your office? Do you need a quiet building with a gym and a pool? While you could find the apartments that match your needs on your own, an apartment locator service finds the best apartments and gives you honest and fair ratings of each.

Austin is a remarkable city. It contains some unique and truly incredible neighborhoods. When you want to find the best apartment home for you, Austin is a great place to look. Are you going to spend weeks sifting through the hundreds of available apartments? Or will you trust the search to an experienced and professional apartment locator? For those who are busy with work or other commitments, an apartment locator service is the perfect way to save time and find a new home that’s just right.

Vacation Apartments in Rio – What to Expect?

Lately I have been receiving dozens of emails regarding apartment rentals in Rio de Janeiro. People have sent me many questions and concerns, asking what are the average prices of apartments in Rio, their average prices, best locations, best deals, established companies, what should be included in the vacation apartments and so forth. This is when I decided to write a basic guide on renting apartments in Rio, Brazil. Some down to earth tips might save you some monies and avoid headaches.

The first thing you need to know when renting a vacation apartment in Rio is that it’s a legal well established business within the tourist industry in Brazil. Many Brazilians and even foreigners buy apartments in Rio exactly for this purpose. Investors commonly buy used apartments and renovate them to offer the best comfort as beach rentals. Let’s now discuss the main points you should be note when selecting an apartment.

Prices: prices in vacation apartments in Rio can vary significantly. Generally the more luxurious, the more expensive are the apartment prices. Beachfront apartments also carry a premium in their prices. Another rule is obvious, the greater number of rooms, the pricier it gets. If you travel with a group of friends, price per room can decrease substancially. Renting apartments with more than 3 rooms can be a wise option.) Prices are normally charged by number of nights. That is, if an apartment costs US$ 100.00 p/day, 10 nights will be US$ 1000.00. Discounts can be considered above 30 days rentals. Prices per day can decrease for longer periods, since a longer stay will be booked. How much per day? Usually fair apartments can be found starting at US$ 90,00 a day. Two bedrooms apartments in Ipanema, Lagoa and Leblon, all beach neighborhoods can vary from US$ 150 to US$ 300 a night, on average. If the apartments are located in high floors, if they have private pools and/ or hydro massage bath tubs, prices can rise significantly.

Locations/ Neighborhoods: Like any other major city in the world, prices vary by per different neighborhoods and zones. Most expensive apartments are all found on the South Zone (called “Zona Sul” in Portuguese), specifically in the following neighborhoods: Ipanema, Leblon, Lagoa, Copacabana, Flamengo and Botafogo. Barra da Tijuca, once a separate beach neighborhood, also offers some very luxurious flats and residence services, but you need to have a car to drive around since public transportation is limited there. Ipanema, Lagoa and Flamengo have been considered the safest neighborhoods, since prostitution is heavily combated in those areas. Copacabana is a universe on its own, with a many apartments to choose from. Copacabana is one of the most famous neighborhoods in Rio, with night-clubs, beach and lot´s of culture. Need some one liner neighborhood highlights? Here they are: Ipanema: Fashion shops, trendy restaurants, and gorgeous beach. Leblon: upscale shopping mall, excellent restaurants and bookstores. Lagoa: nice park, tranquil night kiosks around lagoon; Copacabana: wide apartment selection, public transport, eclectic environment. Flamengo: family type neighborhood, Flamengo Park, famous street bars. Barra: beautiful beach, Miami hype constructions.

Rental Agencies: The most popular way to find a rental agency is through the web. The are innumerous rental agencies to choose from in the wonderful city. The great majority of vacation rentals in Rio are serious in their business, delivering what they claim. Most of them display a list of apartments they own or represent, either by neighborhoods or by number of rooms. They present up to 10 pictures of the rentals and a small description of the amenities and apartment surroundings, so you can familiarize with the region. When you are choosing the apartment, first try to identify yourself with the neighborhood you are staying in, as well as your budget. This will save you time and help in the selection process. Once you know what where you want to stay and how much you can afford, browse through the apartments list and see if there is anything you like.

Once you see something you like, send an e-mail to the company stating which apartment you have in mind, and a second or third option, case that apartment is taken. (Many rentals offer an on-line bookings calendar view, which may save you time as well.). To find a list of rentals agencies in Rio, type in Google “Vacation Apartment Rio” and check the results. You will find more than 10 agencies only in page 1 of your search.

How are Payments made: Most Rental agencies in Rio take Pay-Pal, money wires, credit cards and cash. A reservation deposit is necessary to secure your apartment reservation. Companies have different reservation deposits policies. These deposits can vary from 30% up to 50% of the total stay amount. After the agency acknowledges the initial payment, the balance due is normally paid on entrance and key delivery of the vacation apartment. Most companies however do not return reservation deposit for Carnival and New Years holidays, due to great demand. Check the cancellation policy in company’s website or via e-mail.

Amenities: Vacation apartments in Rio also vary a lot in terms of their included amenities. Most of them offer by default a complete kitchen, cable TV, Internet access, air conditioner in the rooms and linens/towels. This would be the minimum acceptable. One level above, rentals can provide CD/DVD player, clothing washing machine, coffee machine, and safe. Luxury apartments in Rio and residence service flats additionally can offer hot-tubs, private pools, and even gourmet kitchen utensils.

Do’s and Don’ts: Be very careful during the reservation process since you need to understand all of the apartments requirements. Once you have decided for the rentals agency and the apartment in mind make sure you have all your questions and concerns promptly answered. It is the agency’s obligation to make sure you feel comfortable with your choice. Your rentals contacts should be courteous and receptive. If during the reservation process you are not satisfied or comfortable with your rentals contact, be sure to change your agency. If you have any friend in Rio de Janeiro, ask him/her to visit the apartment. This procedure is pretty common. Another tip would be to try to plan ahead. As soon as you have your travel dates secured, start your “apartment hunting”. Be sure to ask for a contract as well, and read all of the buildings do´s and don’ts.

Apartments for vacationers are numerous but even so, Rio is famous for having the most exotic beached in the world and thousands flock here every year. So it’s wise to remember that the best vacation apartments get filled up very quickly especially in during New Years holidays and Carnival. I truly believe Rio is a city full of wonders and hosts the friendliest people on earth. Buy the latest fashion trend bikinis and flip-flops, but remember that the best vacation apartments in Rio get filled up very quickly especially during New Years and Carnival. So make sure you book well in advance.

Copyright (c) 2008 Andre Skowronski