An extremely off-topic question ... for those of you who rent, have rented, or will very soon be renting an apartment, what do you look for in one? What characteristics do you put ahead of others? Do you wait at least a day before really deciding after looking at properties? To be a tad more specific ... I've been in the same place for nearly two years and my lease is up at the end of June. I've been wanting to move for over a year, but I didn't because the place I'm at now is so much cheaper than any other place I'd get. But, spending 10 hours a week on the bus and the deteriorating state of the management at this place pretty much solidified my decision to move. And I want to move much closer to campus than I am now. So I looked at apartmentratings.com (my current place has a 38% approval rating, so I know to take 'em with a grain of salt), and I whittled down my list of five dozen to five places to look today. Two had spots available in my time frame. One of them is in an ideal location (2 miles from campus), doesn't allow undergrads (huzzah!), and a very strict noise policy (yay!). But, it's $30 more per month than another place that's farther away (not a big deal), and the kitchen is slightly smaller than the one I have now ... and I do a lot of cooking and want a bigger kitchen. But then, they also have a 2-bedroom for $75 more that would let me have my desk, computer, tools, art supplies, etc. in a "study" that's quite appealing ... but $75 more. I'd have to cut down on my coin and camera budgets. So anyway, if you've made it this far in the post, how do you decide? I don't expect specific advice to this situation, but I'm curious to know how you prioritize in these really big decisions.