Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 1.16.45 PMYou've spent four years studying and working towards graduation and now you're finally finished. It's time not only get a job but to get an apartment that isn't on a college campus. This can be a daunting task as there are so many things to take into account when doing your first apartment search. You have to make sure you stay within your budget, but also want to make sure it is a hip area where there are lots of things to do. Although this may sound like an impossible task, we have found neighborhoods that check both of those boxes.

Chicago-Wicker Park- With tons of restaurants, coffee shops, dog parks, street art and more, Wicker Park is considered one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Chicago. It is located on the blue line with easy access to the Loop so the commute is fast to mostly everywhere in the city.

Houston-Cottage Grove- Its proximity to Washington Avenue bars, Memorial Park and downtown makes Cottage Grove a sort of mecca to young professionals in Houston. With the Row River Trail close by there is plenty to do outside, too. The tree lined streets in the neighborhood make this area feel like a small town with all the amenities of a big city.

Los Angeles-Los Feliz- This neighborhood has everything you would want within walking distance without the pricetag of some of the other hip neighborhoods in LA. There are coffee shops, restaurants, cheap movie theaters, and more! If do you have to head to another part of the city, you can easily get onto the 5 and the 101 or take the Red Line to Hollywood and DTLA quickly.

New York-Crown Heights, Brooklyn- You may have to bunk with some of your friends to afford the rent here, but it will be worth it to be in this neighborhood. Crown Heights is located in central Brooklyn and has been growing more and more popular over the past few years. There are tons of subway lines to make your commute to work easy. Not only that but there are tons of cheap eats and places to hangout on the weekends too.

Pittsburgh-Lawrenceville- With a new coffee shop or restaurant opening up on Butler Street every month, Lawrenceville is the place to be in Pittsburgh right now. So rather than spending your money on Uber rides to check out the latest new spot, it just makes sense to live closeby. With tons of street parking and buses running along the main drag, the commute to downtown Pittsburgh is painless.So, as you can see, it is possible to live within your means while still being in an area that you love. Find your perfect place today at an affordable price at
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