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Here at Apartment Guide, we wondered what we might learn about the price of a square foot of apartment space across the country, if we took a look at our own data. We discovered that, for properties which advertise on Apartment Guide, the nationwide median rental price of an entry-level studio or one bedroom apartment is $769. This means that half of these properties rent for more, half for less.
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Our next question: so, how many square feet might that $769 rent you around the nation? We then determined the median entry-level apartment price per square foot in CBSAs (metros) with at least 30 properties listed on the site in April 2014. The winner for most affordable space? Springfield, Missouri. California's San Jose, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara charge the most per square foot. Read on (and click the map above) to get the skinny on your favorite metros!

If a friend or relative asks you to co-sign on an apartment lease, you have a big decision to make. Helping someone feels great, and may not even seem like a big deal, but you have to be careful when it comes to the commitment of legally guaranteeing another person's apartment lease. Here's what you need to know before deciding whether to add your signature.

roommate

Which is better: living alone or with a roommate? There’s no right answer to this question — it depends on you and your preferences. If you’re trying to decide whether to fly solo or start auditioning potential roommates, you may…

Apartment living often gets a bad rap. We’re taking a look at some common objections to apartment life that may actually be advantages, depending on how you look at them! If thoughts about living in an apartment leave you perplexed,…

The summer season is in full swing, and in many cities around the country, this means hot weather. REALLY hot. Find your perfect apartment now! In fact, last July was the hottest month on record since 1895, according to NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. We at Apartment Guide want to help you beat the heat and stay comfortable this summer. As temperatures climb, we're sharing some timely tips to help you keep cool in your apartment -- or to find a fun and friendly place nearby where the air is chilly! We're also sharing the cities where it's a little easier to enjoy the summer weather. These top 10 cities report the most air conditioning units, community pools and ceiling fans, based on our data.

ideal time to rent

If you have the flexibility to make a strategic decision about the time of year to search, choosing the right month could save you a few headaches and even a few dollars. Though the ideal time to rent an apartment varies according to a number of factors, here are a few details to consider.

In previous articles, we’ve highlighted findings about the highest rent in the nation and the most expensive square feet by metro, among other discoveries in our data. This time, we thought we might check out the words used in apartment names. In looking at the thousands of listings on Apartment Guide, we discovered the most popular words of all which are used apartment names. Can you guess them?

Overeating in your apartment?

Chicken leg in bed? Messy, messy!
Has late-night snacking at home in your apartment become the norm, rather than the exception? We offer suggestions to help you curb after-hours eating.
Are evening hours a dangerous time for your diet? Has after-hours snacking at home in your apartment become the norm, rather than the exception? Eating behaviors can be some of the most challenging to change. For many of us who relate to the pleasures of food, it’s a long road. Failure, at times, is all but a guarantee. This is true of my personal experience. I can’t say that I have successfully engaged any of the behavioral suggestions that follow for any length of time, though all have worked for me in moments.
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Snacking success comes on a sliding scale. You’ll win some, and you’ll lose some. Think of snack control as a mental exercise, in addition to a physical one. You can hone how you think, especially when you understand why you eat when you do. Think about why you like to snack in the evening, and consider these tips to keep your mind off-menu.

air out your apartment

Wet clothes… old cat litter … spoiled meat … these are all serious smells that might funk up your apartment for days. And few odors stick with – or stink up -- a space, as powerfully as cigarette smoke. If you’ve moved into a formerly smoky spot, or have other smelly issues of your own, here are some tips that will help with the toughest odor removal.Few odors stick with – or stink up -- a space, however, as powerfully as cigarette smoke. If you’ve moved into a formerly smoky spot, or have other smelly issues of your own, here are some tips that will help with the toughest odor removal.

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