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The Best Apps for Finding an Apartment to Rent

Best Apps for Finding an Apartment

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 — finding an apartment included. 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.

Apartments.com

As you might guess from the name, this is one of the more comprehensive sites out there with 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, and 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.

Download for free on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.

HotPads

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, and 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.

Download for free on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.

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 for those who don’t want to live in a large apartment complex. Craigslist is free to use for those posting the apartment, making 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 for example. The app offers alerts for your searches and will send you a notification the moment something is listed. 

Download for free on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.

Trulia Rentals

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.

Download for free on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.

In addition to what apps to use to find apartments to rent, you’ll also want to take a look at the best moving apps to get you organized. Then, let Unpakt help you find a professional mover quickly and easily at a guaranteed rate!