Do I need a co-signer to lease my first apartment or can I apply by myself?

It’s a little nerve racking moving away for college. New city, completely different people and new things to do…it can be overwhelming. Finding your first apartment can be rough, too. Especially when you’re not familiar with the area. With RentTally, we definitely have the tools to help you find apartments near FAMU that fits your needs and wants.

Use our neighborhood guides, apartment reviews and our innovative search tools that help you narrow down your options. You can adjust the rent you want to spend each month with the “Rent Per Month” selector. Searching for amenities like a pool or a business center or alarm systems? RentTally has filters for community amenities and features so that you can choose what you’re looking for in your first apartment. FAMU apartments give you a lot of options to choose from: live in apartments near FAMU, or in surrounding neighborhoods close to campus. You can also find all-inclusive apartments near FAMU or even luxury apartments. The options to live where and what style is up to you. We just make it easy!

Personally, it’s always great to at least narrow down your list of possible places to live to about 2 to 3 different FAMU apartments. That way you don’t have to settle with one and feel any sort of regret if you only tour one place and sign with them. Touring up to three FAMU apartments is definitely better than touring 18 and much easier to help you select your number one. As long as you don’t sign any leases, you’re able to apply to an apartment to see if you’re approved but sometimes that requires a guarantor. A guarantor is someone who is most likely related to you that can help you apply for an apartment and guarantee that you’ll pay rent every month. Be mindful of who it is though – if you end up signing the lease and you’re late on rent one month, you’re at risk of lowering their credit score.

Some places won’t require a guarantor if you already make 2 to 3x the monthly rent. And in that case, you have no worries. If you’re a FAMU student, make a decent amount of money each month and get additional financial help from school, you’re set—but having a guarantor might still be your best option.

There are over 38 different kinds of apartments in Tallahassee. With our help you’re able to find the right first apartment for you and your needs. So let’s get started!

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