A law firm 600-miles away wants you to do a lateral. A law school you really didn't seriously consider offers you a scholarship.
At that point, you don't know if you accept those opportunities if they will be good choices. So, you decide it's smart to rent, not buy. But, you don't want to invest the money and time to fly out there just for a rental. It would be different if you were ready to house-hunt. Yes, some law students buy property in the city where they study.
The good news on relocation is that we can go about leasing an apartment or even a house via the Internet. The whole process can be electronic.
After all, we will likely not stay in any initial housing option. After we get to know the area, work, and build a social network, we may decide our address should be in another part of the city. Or even outside that city.
Here are the steps to take to rent out-of-state.
Key in city, state and keywords "apartment rentals." Several options will come up. Some will be by real estate operations listing a small number of houses or apartments in private homes for lease. Others will be more general. They will be comprehensive, giving you access to many rental options in that geographical area. Check all options.
Narrow your search via "filters." The general sites will provide "filters." Those allow you to indicate the minimum and maximum you are willing to spend, number of bedrooms and baths, if pets are allowed,, and so on.
Start researching each possibility. Many complexes now provide slide shows so that you take a tour of the property and the standard apartment. Also, there is usually a click-on for "amenities." Those range from if pets are allowed to if utilities are covered. Schools for the children usually are also listed.
Investigate crime rate. You can do that online. Put in keywords "City, state and crime rate." For example, Neighborhood Scout provides an apples-to-apples comparison between that city and other cities.
Call each complex with questions. The site won't address all your issues. At this point talk with the rental agent.
Check out availability. Some sites provide this information online. For others you have to call.
Follow the complex's application procedures. Each one may be different. For example, when applying electronically for an apartment in Austintown, Ohio, I had to bring the forms to a notary. In addition, I have to present the original hard copy when I show up in-person in Austintown to take possession of the apartment.
Don't do anything until officially approved. You have to have that that formal okay before you give 30-day notice to your current landlord. Otherwise, you can wind up homeless.
Twice in the past three years, I have found my rental in another state on the Internet. And took the next steps online and on-the-phone. Yes, it takes work. That's because there are so many options. Most recently, even after I narrowed my search to Austintown, I had to choose between four complexes.
What relieved some of the angst was that I recognized that I would be bunking there for only about a year. There were shorter leases available. The next step could be finding something closer to where I create my new life. Or even buying a condo or a duplex to live in and rent out half.