One of the best ways to find an apartment is through family and friends but that’s not always possible. There are many websites that list apartments for rent but always make sure you visit the apartment, meet the landlord and read the lease carefully before you sign. To rent a private, unsubsidized apartment, the landlord might check your credit report and require you to pay a damage deposit in addition to the first month rent in order to sign a lease to rent. Some leases are month to month but most require you to stay in the apartment for at least one year. Landlords can run a background check on potential renters only if the renter gives his/her signed consent.
There are many websites that list apartments for rent in Rhode Island as well as other states.
Craigslist is one of the largest. You can find apartments and houses for rent in Rhode Island.
HousingSearchRI.org is a free online rental listing service. Detailed listings can include pictures, maps, eligibility requirements (if applicable), and much more. There are both simple and detailed search options. There is also a toll-free, bilingual call center at 1-877-428-8844, open Mon -Fri, 9:00 am-8:00 pm for information and assistance.