When you do not have anywhere to live, it can be difficult to decide what apartment to rent. Apartment rentals can vary greatly, ranging from a single room of questionable safety to a luxury suite in a friendly community of renters. Researching an apartment complex before committing to it is a good idea, as it can avoid big problems later on.
Each apartment complex has its ups and downs. Ups include value, location, amenities, and noise level. What you consider to be an "up" can vary from other people.
Also, certain things may be of more value to you than they are to other people. Some people are willing to pay more for a great location, while others would rather pay as low of a price as possible.
"Downs" with apartment complexes are the same as the ups, except they are negative. For instance, while an "up" location would be somewhere convenient and safe, a "down" location would be somewhere inconvenient or unsafe.
Unfavorable conditions are very individualized, so you need to decide what is important to you, rather than what other people consider important.
With an apartment, you do not have to worry about many things that you would have to worry about with a house. For one, you do not have to keep up the landscaping, as that is (generally) covered by your lease. This can save you a lot of time and money.