Looking for rental housing and apartments can be frustrating, but Craigslist is a great place to get started. Craigslist is like an online bulletin board. You can use it to find a home to rent or buy.Getting Started
Find your city or state (Craigslist serves the whole world!)
Choose Portland for Portland and the Portland metro area (Beaverton, Gresham, Troutdale, etcetera.)
Housing/Apartments on Craigslist
Many rental properties are listed on Craigslist. You can view listings in a list, with pictures, or on a map.
In the housing column, choose the option you want. If you are looking for a house or apartment to rent, choose apts/housing.
Type a keyword or keywords into the search box.
This could be a feature of the neighborhood you want to live in. For example, if you want to live near public transportation, you could enter the keyword bus.
A keyword could also be a feature of the dwelling you are seeking. For example, the keyword light might help you find apartments or houses that let in lots of light.
- A keyword can also help you find a particular neighborhood, for example: Kenton.
Limit the search by price, size, and number of bathrooms and bedrooms on the left side.
Limit the search by using the checkboxes on the left side to find listings that are cat or dog friendly, that
have wheelchair access, and more.
Click housing type to specify what kind of house or apartment you are looking for.
Click parking and laundry if you want to choose these features.
The top of the screen gives you options for viewing the results.
When you use the map view, you can click the bubbles to zoom in and get more information.
When you find a listing you would like to pursue, read the entire listing carefully. You may need to click a show contact info link to see the phone number for the listing.
Avoid scams: be skeptical of any listing that looks too good to be true. Do not send money or other forms of payment in advance to secure a home. Do not give personal information to anyone whose identity you cannot verify.
Find more information on avoiding scams at Craigslist: http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams.
Need more help?
Craigslist help: https://www.craigslist.org/about/help/
Try this tutorial: http://www.gcflearnfree.org/searchresults?q=craigslist
The library also offers a class called Using Craigslist. To see if that class is available now, you can search for it in the search box, or check here.