First, it’s essential to have a list of things you want. Apartment-style living is popular near many metro areas (for obvious reasons) and the amenities available at different complexes can be overwhelming. Read below for the list I made.
Now that you have all this information you’ll need a way to organize it. One of the best tools I found was simply creating a google spreadsheet with all of the criteria I had for apartments on the top, and various apartment complexes going down the side. There’s a picture on the left to give you a better idea of what i mean.
Also be prepared for the questions they’ll ask you. Besides name, phone number, and email (so they can contact you with more information, etc), they’ll want to know your lease term (your rent per month depends on this!) as well as your move in date (to see what apartments are available) and wether your move in date is flexible or not. They may also ask you your price point—use your discretion in what you say, this can be used as a bargaining chip for or against you.
Above all, enjoy this process and remember to stay excited for the prize at the end--the perfect first apartment.