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A successful apartment search usually takes several days or weeks, particularly for neighborhoods very close to TSRI.  Rent for a room or an apartment can range from $700 to well over $1000 per month. The San Diego Union-Tribune and the San Diego Weekly Reader classifieds are good starting places for vacancies.

Please consider the following tips for finding a place to live: Determine the amount you can afford to pay in rent. Do not forget to include utilities such as cable, renter’s insurance, gas and electric, and water in your calculation. 

Determine the amount of space you need. The more space you need or want, the more it will cost. What other features are important to you, such as pet policies, proximity to public transportation, and/or laundry facilities?

  • Would you consider living with a roommate? If you are willing to share living space, you could save yourself several hundred dollars per month.
  • Determine how far you are willing to commute to school. Think about the neighborhoods in which you would like to live.
  • Check your credit report. You can request a credit report online from any of the three major reporting agencies. Some landlords or apartment complexes will not rent to people with low credit ratings. 
  • Prepare a list of names, address, and phone numbers of references and past landlords.

Please consider the following resources for finding a place to live:

  • Scan the apartment listings in the local newspaper.
  • Check online rental web sites.
  • Utilize the following resources assembled by TSRI:
    Rental Assistance Information
    San Diego Craigslist (classifieds)
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau for any complaints against the property management. Read reviews written by current and previous renters online.