The Undergraduate Apartment Hunting Checklist

Looking for a college apartment is tough because it's hard to choose, or even remember every apartment you saw. Everyone has different standards for where they want to live. Next time you’re apartment hunting, bring this list with you, or keep the following in mind during your search:

  • Address
    • Estimated commute time to work/school:
    Lease Details
    • Move-in Date:
    • Length of Lease:
    • Monthly Rent:
    • Security Deposit:

    Additional payments upon leasing:

    • First Month Rent
    • Last Month Rent
    • Broker's Fee
    • Key Deposit
    • Other
    Utilities Included
    • Heat
    • Water
    • Electricity
    • Gas
    • Other
    Building Details
    • Elevator
    • Stairs
    • How many floors:


    • Swipe Access or Deadbolt
    • Mail Room
    • Buzzer or Intercom


    • Pets Allowed
    • Smoking Allowed
    • Air-conditioning
    • Laundry
    • Courtyard
    • Doorman/Concierge
    • Swimming Pool
    • Gym
    • Recreation or Club Room
    Maintenance Policy
    • WiFi
    • Tenant Responsible
    • Landlord Responsible
    • Other
    Garbage Disposal
    • Dumpster
    • Garbage Chute
    • Recycling
    • Other
    • Street Parking
    • Garage
    • Parking Fee    $
    • Other
    Apartment Details
    • Single Room
    • Studio Room
    • One-Bedroom
    • Two-Bedroom
    • Other
    • Room Size sq. ft.
    • Carpet
    • Hardwood Floors
    • Furnished
    • Cable/Internet Ready
    • Balcony or Patio
    • Fireplace (Working/Non-working)
  • Kitchen
    • Refrigerator
    • Dishwasher
    • Microwave
    • Garbage Disposal
    • Stove
    • Gas Electric


    How modern are the appliances?


    Is there adequate counter space for your cooking needs?

    • Yes No
    • Window
    • Fan/Circulation Vent
    • Heating Vent or Radiator

    Look for:

    • Mold
    • Broken Tiles
    • Soap Scum
    • Rust on Showerhead/Tub
    • At Least One Window
    • Closet/Storage
    • Outlets

    Is decorating/painting allowed?

    • Yes No

    Hanging pictures on walls?

    • Yes No

    Signs of Pests:

    • Bed bugs leave small dark spots on the mattresses or walls, and have a sweet musty smell.
    • Roaches are active at night; if you see them during daytime, that’s a problem.
    • Ants and mice are attracted to crumbs.
    • Droppings, scratching noises, gnaw marks and holes in walls are signs of mice. Also, if you notice steel wool or traps around the apartment, that’s a sign they have been spotted.
    • Fire Escape or Two Exits
    • Smoke Alarms
    • Fire Extinguisher
    • Carbon Monoxide Detectors
    • Sprinklers
    • Mold (Notice if there is a musty smell)
    • Lead Paint*

    *According to the Massachusetts State Lead Law, if you have children under 6 years old, it is illegal to live apartment with lead paint. You can expect to sign a Lead Law form as a part of your lease, which will give you details on whether there is lead paint in your unit.

    If the apartment is a ground-floor or lower level unit, are there secure bars/grates on the windows?

    • Yes No

    Are there locks on all doors?

    • Yes No
    Surrounding Area

    Where is the nearest?

    • Supermarket:
    • Hospital:
    • Police/Fire Station:
    • Public Transport Stop:
    • Coffee Shop:
    • Green Space (Park):
    • Laundromat:*

    *If laundry is not available in the building.