About.com has some great tips for getting that search going.
you begin looking at apartments, think through what you want in your
new place. Decide on how many bedrooms and bathrooms you need, how much
closet space is necessary, how much square footage is right for you,
and what features, such as a view, or architectural details, are
important to you. In addition, what locations are you interested in and
how important is that location to you? You'll also need to think about
whether you need a place to park your car, what amenities are absolute
deal-breakers, and if you need an apartment that allows pets.
think about how much you're willing to compromise on your needs. If
you need to live near work or school, what is an acceptable radius
around your office or university that you want to consider buildings?
If you want storage, would you be willing to compromise and get a
storage unit if you the perfect building doesn't have onsite storage?
How far away from your unit is too far when it comes to laundry
facilities? Once you've answered these questions, you're ready to begin
Coordinate hunting with your roommates, if applicable.
You could take turns looking at units, or, if you are in a really tight
market, go look at the favorites together so you don't miss out on your
dream apartment. A great way to make a search work for you quickly is
to hire an Austin apartment finder. They can take you and your roommates to look at a lot of complexes in a short amount of time.