Short-Term Apartment Rental: How You Can Look For One

Most apartments can be rented on a long-term basis. However, there are great options available for those who suddenly need a place to stay somewhere for a little while – perhaps it’s for their college internship, a two-week business trip, or even a vacation that goes longer than a week.

Should you be in the situation whereby you need to rent an apartment without signing a year-long lease contract, here are a few tips that can help you find your temporary home away from home.

1. Don’t put off your search for later

Just because most apartment listings aren’t open right before their rental period doesn’t mean you should set aside your search for a later time – doing so will set you up for an apartment that might not be located strategically or lacks the furnishings that you would need. Even if there is still a lot of time before you need to move in, start looking for the right apartment immediately so that you can have the opportunity to make a thorough assessment on whether or not the place is the one you need.

2. Consider the cost

One of the most important considerations that you need to make when renting out an apartment is the cost. For starters, the monthly rent shouldn’t exceed 30% of your regular income so you still have enough money left for other essentials. Apart from that, you should also take into account how much you’re willing to spend on transportation going to and from the place. Leaving the apartment on a daily basis is going to be inevitable, and whether or not you rely on public transportation is going to play a big role in determining your day-to-day expenses. Then there’s also the regular water and electricity bill – which is thankfully included as part of ST Residence’s offerings.

3. Know exactly what you want

In most cases, apartments are bare units, especially the ones that are meant for longer rental terms. If you’re in need of a place to stay for a short while, you might want to look for an apartment that is already furnished so you don’t have to go through the fuss and bother of moving in large beds and a wardrobe cabinet, only to move them out again once your rental period is done. Yes, service apartment rentals can be higher than their unfurnished counterparts. However, constantly having to move and pack large pieces of furniture and appliances can be more expensive.

4. Check the surrounding neighbourhood

Location is another important consideration that you need to make when looking for an apartment. Not only does it dictate the amount of distance between your abode and your school or office, but it also helps you gauge how near or far it is to necessary establishments such as eateries or the supermarket. Is the location easily accessible for food delivery services? Can taxi drivers easily find their way through the neighbourhood? How far is the nearest bus stop? Questions like these might seem minor, but they can have a larger effect on your overall rental experience.

5. Communicate with the landlord

The best way for you to make sure that you’re looking at the right place to rent is to communicate with the person who knows the place most, and in most cases that is the landlord or lady. You can communicate with them your specific needs or questions so that they can let you know right away whether or not the place is going to be suitable for your lifestyle and endeavours. This will also let you know of details that might not be included in the apartment listing such as parking lot and the available internet speed, etc…


Looking through a list of available short term whole unit rentals can be stressful, but if you know the considerations that have to be made, you can easily narrow down your list and find the best one. For furnished service apartment rentals, we at ST Residences offer more than 400 options for you to choose from, all of which are guaranteed to be affordable, comfortable, and very accessible. With a minimum stay of just 7 days and exclusive benefits, you can surely find your best short-term stay with us! Call us today at +65 9698 5918 to learn more.

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