Does anyone remember the days when apartment hunting meant scouring the Classifieds in the newspaper, driving around searching for “for rent” signs, or calling (and paying for!) an agent to help you find something in your price range and preferred area? Depending on your age that might bring up a little nostalgia, but these days there are apps for everything. Looking for your new home can feel quite overwhelming, honestly. So we’ve compiled the best apps for finding an apartment to help simplify at least one part of your process. Take a look.
As you might guess from the name, this is one of the more comprehensive sites out there. It boasts lots of listings — especially if you live in larger cities. Use the provided filters like price, type of apartment (condo, apartment, townhome, house), number of bedrooms, and so on. A search will bring up a map as well as a listing. You can add overlays to the map to show neighborhoods, transit lines, restaurants, and campuses. The majority of the apartments we found were in large apartment complexes, but some smaller condos were listed too.
With a motto like “Go ahead. Rent around.”, what’s not to like? This app has many similar features as Apartment.com: the results of the search display on a map, and can be filtered by price, number of bedrooms, and whether pets are allowed. The one really cool feature that makes it stand out is the alert function. Set the parameters for your price range and desired neighborhood. HotPads will send you an alert the minute a new listing is posted that fits. You can contact landlords directly through the app to schedule a viewing and make moves on your new home quickly. We think this makes HotPads one of the best apps for finding an apartment to rent.
CPlus for Craigslist
Yes, the good old standby has its own app. Craigslist has long been the go-to for those who live in more rural areas, or don’t want to live in a large apartment complex. Craigslist is free to use for those posting the apartment. That makes it the best app to find apartments to rent if you want a stand-alone spot like an in-law unit, or a funky apartment up above an antique store. The app offers alerts for your searches and will send you a notification the moment something is listed.
Trulia has been leading the online rental market from early on. Owned by Zillow, it has partnered with add-on companies to provide potential renters information about crime rates, local schools, and even user feedback about what it’s like to live in the area. This platform typically has a lot of listings due to its popularity and longevity, so you’ll likely be downloading interior design apps in no time.