What It Offers:
Apartments.com (also Apts.com) offers apartment listings on the Web since 1998. Now a part of Classified Ventures, LLC, Apartments.com is a "national online apartment guide and relocation resource distinguished by its highly customized searches, superior visual ads and affiliation with more than 1,000 partner websites across the country."
Where It Covers:
Apartments.com includes listings for apartments across the United States.
How to Perform a Basic Search:
Apartments.com lets you find an apartment by searching for one directly or browsing based on geographic area.
To perform a search, type the name of a city and state, or ZIP code into the search box near the center of the screen. You may also adjust the price range and bedroom and bathroom number fields, if you wish. Then, click the orange "Search" button.
You can also browse apartment listings by state or city. Just click on the map of the United States toward the top-right of the screen, or click the "Search Apartment Rentals by Top Cities" near the bottom of the screen for a list of expanded browsing options.
How to Perform an Advanced Search:
After you get a page of search results, you can select available amenities, specific neighborhoods, type of housing, and more.
Viewing Apartment Listings:
The search results include a summary of each relevant apartment listing, based on the parameters you selected. Instead of viewing all listings, you can click to limit the view to listings by management companies or owners, or from newspaper classifieds.
Click on any summary to view the entire apartment listing. Each listing should include information about available apartment types along with location information (including a map) and a list of features and amenities. Some listings also include items such as floor plans, photos, and other helpful information, if available.
Pursuing Apartment Listings:
Apartments.com offers two ways to pursue apartments described in your search result listings.
If an apartment listing interests you, you can call the number included in the listing to inquire.
Or, you can complete a short online inquiry form specific to each listing. Supply the requested information in the fields in the "Check Availability" box to start. Include your contact information, the type of apartment you're looking for and your intended move-in date, and then click "Submit."
Helpful Search Tips:
Whether you perform a basic or advanced search, there are some tips you should follow to find what you need more efficiently.
If you know the name of a particular apartment complex but not the address, you can search for it by clicking the "Property Name" tab just below the search box.
If you like a listing, save yourself time and convenience by clicking "Save to Favorites." Later, click "View Favorites" and you'll be able to access your favorite listings.
Available Mobile Options:
You can also access Apartments.com's listings and use its search engine while on the go from a smartphone or tablet computer.
Visiting Apartments.com using a mobile device should default to a mobile version of the site, optimized for your screen.
Apartments.com also offers apps for iPhone and Android. Click toward the bottom of the screen to visit the "Mobile" page for more information on each app.