I've been looking for an apartment for the past 3 - 4 days. I've searched through craigslist, yelp, rent, forrent, apartments, apartmentratings, and the university's off campus housing website. I still have no idea where I'm going to stay and the places I had an interest in turn out to be completely full. Other places which I thought were decent turned out to be worst than expected (this is all based on pictures).
When I look for an apartment, I look for certain things. The most important thing would be the bathroom. It has to be super clean!! If I spot anything dirty in the pictures, especially on the tiles, it is a definite turn off. There are also apartments which have a shared bathroom for 2 people and that's also a turn off along with a shared kitchen. I don't know these people and my cousin experienced problems with other people eating her food while she was in grad school. I don't mind roommates, but you can't really be sure of people without actually meeting them in person. I'd also like on-site laundry (in the apartment) and off street/garage parking. And all the places which fit my criteria either are already taken, won't know of availability till June, or too far from school.
Am I being too picky here? Does anyone have any suggestions on how to look for places? I don't know if I'll be able to make the trip to look at apartments in person so I've called on the help of yelpers to let me know if these places are nice or not. I've received a few recommendations, but it isn't enough.