Posted May 01, 2014 by RentJungle

Gone are the days when the best place to find a new apartment is the classified section of a newspaper. Just like most other things, apartment hunting has made the move to the online realm-and if mouse-clicks aren’t quite second nature to you yet, it can make the search feel more daunting than ever before.

To give you a little relief, we’ve compiled a list of the most common queries we’ve had from our users. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing the best tips and tricks to get you navigating our site like a pro!

This week’s question is:

How do I search for an apartment or house to rent on your website?

Once you’ve found our website at www.rentjungle.com you’ll come upon a screen that looks like this:

The two boxes marked ‘Where’ and ‘What’ are the first step to searching for your next rental. In the ‘Where’ field, put in a city & state or a zip code of the area you’re searching in. If you’re looking in multiple cities or zip codes, you’ll need to perform separate searches for each. The ‘What’ field is optional, but may help you to better target your search. This box is for specific attributes‘2 Bedrooms’ or ‘Wood Floors’.

Here’s an example search:

Once you’ve entered your information, just click on the green button marked “Search For Rental Listings!"

You’ll now be shown potentially relevant listings in the area you specified. Depending on what you’ve entered in the ‘Where’ and ‘What’ fields, you’ll be taken to either ‘List View’ or ‘Map View’. Let’s start with ‘List View’. Here’s a screenshot:

In ‘List view,’ the properties are displayed one after another in a list. You can see the green highlighted section at the top where our ‘Sponsored Links’ appear, as well as the normal listings beneath them. To find more information about a listing, just click on the picture or blue title.

At the bottom of the page you can find which page of the search results you are on (pictured below), and click to see results on pages 2, 3, or beyond.

Now, ‘Map View’ is different from ‘List View’ in that it displays the potential listings as buildings on a map of the area you’re searching, instead of as a list.

The red pin on the map represents the approximate center of the area you’re searching. You’ll notice several houses and buildings on the map, which represent either single house apartments (house symbol) or multiple apartment complexes (building symbol). On the bottom right hand side of the screen you’ll see another one of our featured listings in the area you’re searching. For a little information, click on a house or building, and a small pop-up will display details.

To learn more about this listing, click on the picture or the blue title.

In both ‘List View’ and ‘Map View’ you’ll see a grey toolbar on the left hand side of the screen. This allows you to even further target your search by restricting the displayed results to only listings within designated neighborhoods, with specified numbers of bedrooms, rent prices, etc. An additional feature in the toolbar allows you to ‘Save This Search’ to view these results at a later time.

Now, let’s assume you’ve found a listing you might be interested in and want to learn more. Once you’ve clicked on the picture or blue title, you’ll be taken to the full listing. Take a look!

Pictures, a list of amenities, floorplans, and more will appear when you check the full listing. In addition, you’ll find contact information in the top right corner of the page that includes a phone number, an email address, a contact form, or a button reading ‘View Info’. The ‘View Info’ button will take you from our website to the original location of the listing so that you can get in touch with the property owner.

It’s that simple! Now that we’ve taken you through the search process you’re ready to go. Make sure you check back next week to learn how to list your available properties with us.

Beware of rental ad scams: Rent Jungle is a rental search engine for apartment hunters and is not responsible for the content of rental listings found on the site. Rent Jungle encourages you to use common sense while apartment hunting. Beware of fraudulent listings. Click here to learn about common scams.