To find a one bedroom apartment to rent, scout out neighborhoods, research online, set a budget and look for apartments that fit the criteria. Before committing to an apartment, renters should also speak with existing tenants and read the lease thoroughly.

Renters who are looking for their first apartment or re-entering the rental market after a long absence may find renting a one-bedroom apartment a daunting task. To find a one bedroom apartment, use the following steps:

  1. Scout out neighborhoods
  2. The right neighborhood can make a big difference when it comes to living quality. Renters should scout out desirable neighborhoods before looking for places to rent and narrow down their search to those areas. If they are not able to check out a neighborhood in person, they can use Google Maps Street View and city guide websites, such as "Time Out," to get a feel for the place.

  3. Set a budget
  4. Renters should budget a maximum of 30 percent of their income for rent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Renters should also consider other costs, such as transportation and renter's insurance, before searching. Renters should set a budget and factor in costs before they start looking for an apartment, as these costs can influence which neighborhoods they choose.

  5. Start the search
  6. Once they have set a budget and chosen desirable neighborhoods, renters can start looking for a one bedroom apartment. They should start the search around 3 months before they decide to move.

  7. Scout out the building
  8. Renters should talk to existing tenants about the building, landlord and neighborhood before making a decision. It is also important to walk through the apartment to check for damage and to make sure everything is in working order.

  9. Read the lease
  10. Renters should understand the terms of the lease prior to signing it.