San Antonio, the seventh most populous city in the U.S., is probably most famous for The Alamo and the battle that took place here in the early 19th century. Today, San Antonio is a vibrant, bustling city with plenty of culture and charm. Here are some tips to get you started on your hunt for apartments in San Antonio: 

The basics
The cost of living in San Antonio is about 16 percent below the national average, which is a good sign for renters looking to save some money. The average rent paid across all types of rentals is about $780 per month. The vacancy rate here is pretty high – about 6 percent – which is good news for renters because many landlords and management companies give incentives, like one month of free rent. However, San Antonio has the second highest rate of employment growth among the major markets, meaning that rental prices could soon rise as new workers venture here soon.

San Antonio has a very inexpensive bus system, but it's not very convenient – you'll need a car if you live anywhere outside the downtown area or just north of downtown.

The neighborhoods
San Antonio has several types of neighborhoods, from those with a very urban feel to those that provide a more suburban – but still city – lifestyle. Here's the scoop on some of the most popular:

  • Downtown/River Walk – This area is the lifeblood of San Antonio. It's located on the charming, historic river walk, is near the Alamo, boasts tall high rises and is full of awesome cafes and restaurants.
  • South Flores/Southtown – This area – also called SoFlo – is a trendy, artsy area just south of downtown. It boasts several art galleries and cheaper prices than you'll find near the River Walk.
  • King William and Lavaca – These neighborhoods, also south of downtown, are vibrant, walkable and provide plenty of cultural activities, making them very popular for young professionals.
  • Tobin Hill – Not too far north of downtown San Antonio, these neighborhoods provide the perfect mix of quiet residential beauty, close proximity to the highway and fun nightlife and dining.
  • Monte Vista – It's a quaint historic district for those who have a keen sense of architectural style, but it's a bit more expensive than other areas.

Insiders' tips
There are a few times of year where it's a good idea to just avoid moving in to a new apartment if you can help it. Days in July and August can top out at 100 degrees, making the move pretty difficult if you're doing it yourself. Also, the late spring and early summer get a lot of rain, so be prepared to get wet if you're moving then.

Additionally, there's an annual, 10-day festival to commemorate the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto, so look up the city's schedule of events and avoid moving during that festival at all costs, especially if you're moving downtown.