Finding the right place to live is important. Take the time to consider what you need and want before you lock yourself in to a choice:
What's most important to you? Make a list of what matters most in an apartment. Include things like distance from work, friends, family and shopping. Do you want to be surrounded by hundreds of other units or would you rather live in a small apartment building? Does it matter in you're on an upper or lower floor?
What are your transportation needs? Will it be important to be near major roads, a bus route or bike path?
How much space do you need? Do you plan to live alone or will you have one or more roommates? Do you expect to work from home? If you're sharing the apartment, consider that you may want more than one bathroom. Get a sense of the minimum square footage you will need.
What extras would be nice? When you know your basic needs, consider what additional amenties would be good, such as a balcony or porch, fitness room, swimming pool, paid utilities and security.