Websites for Finding an Apartment


Once a tedious and stressful practice, searching for a new apartment has become less painful with the introduction of apartment hunting websites. There are a lot of different apartment search websites you can use, but we’ve compiled our top five favorites.

5. HotPads.com

Screenshot of HotPads.com
Screenshot of HotPads.com

HotPads.com is a map-based apartment and home rental search engine. This is a fairly simple website that allows you to easily put location into perspective during your apartment search. The individual listings offer a verification system, floor plans of available apartments, pictures, and prices.

4. Realtor.com

Screenshot of Realtor.com
Screenshot of Realtor.com

The posts on Realtor.com are trusted because realtors are the only people who can post or update listings. The postings here have reliable information that can help you find a legitimate apartment, which can be hard to come by when searching for places to live.

3. ForRent.com

Screenshot for ForRent.com
Screenshot for ForRent.com

ForRent.com is a search engine that offers a variety of search options in a user-friendly interface. ForRent.com, unlike Realtor.com, allows you to search for places with the pet policies, community amenities, and property types you desire. Search through apartment listings of property management companies, as well as private property owners. ForRent.com has a feature that allows you to contact the property owner, too.

2. Trulia.com

Screenshot for Trulia.com
Screenshot for Trulia.com

Trulia is a very easy-to-use website (and app) to find homes. The site is basic but reliable. There are a lot of verified sources and images that help give you a sense of the apartment or house. You can narrow your search to look for an apartment community, single family home, condo, townhome, apartment, or loft. Trulia also takes into account crime level, quality of the area schools, commute, apartment amenities, and affordability.

1. LiveLovely.com

Screenshot of LiveLovely.com
Screenshot of LiveLovely.com

Lovely, which can be accessed at LiveLovely.com, is a very clean web app that helps you find a place to rent. You can set strict location parameters on a map, as well as set apartment alerts so you can be notified whenever an apartment that matches your requirements is listed. The app’s newest update introduced a way to pay rent through the app. Another awesome feature is the ability to create a Lovely Renter Card. The Renter Card allows you to advocate for yourself as a renter, including ways to verify employment and more, which can help you gain a leg up on other applicants.

Good luck with your apartment hunt! If you have any favorite apartment searching websites or apps, let us know in the comments or the poll below.

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  • Madeline Virginia Nicholson

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  • Paul Hamilton

    Great list, thanks! From my experience, these app are very useful when it comes to finding a property. However, there is one more website that could help tenants to find the rental, it’s called rentberry.com. I used it when rented the apartment in SF.