The first step for any prospective tenant is to determine their housing needs. Should I be searching 1 bedroom apartments, 2-bedroom apartments or townhouses? Before you jump into anything, consider the space that's right for you.
You may want more space if you enjoy entertaining, have a lot of furniture or items to store, or if multiple people will be living with you. Reasons you may need less space might be wanting to spend the minimum possible time cleaning, having a minimalist esthetic, or if you plan to live alone. Whether you are moving in on your own or with roommates or a family will significantly change your space needs.