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If you're graduating this spring, you're probably scouting for a place to settle down, at least for a little while. In the middle of hunting for your first "big-kid job", you also need to find an apartment. But where to start?

San Francisco

Fog will be a staple of your life in San Francisco. Mornings are typically accompanied by a dense fog that dissipates throughout the day. After living in San Fran for a week, we guarantee that you'll have a whole new definition of "I'll be there in 10." Those hills are killer and take some getting used to. Being environmentally conscious will become second nature to you because trash cans in offices are few and far between. Recycling is a must! SF will definitely require a bit of a lifestyle change if you're not accustomed to some of the things we mentioned. Find your San Fran dream apartment here.


You can't find a bad cup of coffee in Seattle even if you try. They're also a little dog obsessed, so if you have a fur-baby, rest assured that you're amongst friends. If you have sensitive skin and prefer to stay out of the sun, you're in luck! Seattle only gets an average of 71 sunny days each year. Seattle was one of the hottest job markets in the country in 2016 so you won't have to worry about where you'll find money for your Starbucks obsession. If you're into food, (who isn't?) you'll thrive in arguably the best food scene in the country. The only downside to Seattle: the rain. If you can get over that, new grads will love this rainy city. Find your ideal Seattle apartment here.


The Mile High City's first ever permanent structure was a saloon, just to give you an idea of what you're getting into if you move to Denver. If you're a fan of sunshine, Denver is your city. They receive on average 300 days of sunshine each year. Sure, the snow falls heavily but it usually doesn't stick around for long. Denver also has the most national parks in the country, boasting 14,000 acres of mountain parks so if you're the outdoorsy type, Denver has what you need. If this all sounds like music to your ears you can find your mile-high apartment here.

Washington DC

If you're looking to make bank, DC might be your haven. Coming in number one again as the highest median income in the country, DC will show you the money BUT the cost of living there is higher than the rest of the country. So it might feel like you're making more money but it pretty much evens out. If you've been to DC before, you'll know that the city is spattered with free museums. If you can tolerate the crowds of tourists, they're a great place to spend an afternoon. If history is your thing and you don't mind tourists, Washington DC might be your place! Check out our Washington DC listings here.


Austin, TX is already one of the coolest cities in the country. It's a bustling hub for music and not just Country Western. With the University of Texas providing a slew of young people to keep the city fun and exciting. Rent prices range anywhere from $800 to upwards of $1,500 so you're bound to find something that fits your budget in Austin. Barbecue is serious business in Austin so expect to see long lines but don't worry - the BBQ is well worth the wait. If this sounds like your post-grad paradise find your perfect Austin apartment here.

Finding a place to plant your roots after college is difficult, especially with so many options to choose from. However, there's a perfect city out there for everyone. If you can't find it on the first try, we'll be right there behind you to help you on your way to the next.

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