2022 Apartment Guide

Is moving on your list of to-do’s in 2022? The process of finding an apartment and moving has a reputation of being overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! We’ve collected all the resources you need to find your next home!

Perhaps you’re not moving but interested in refreshing your current apartment? Check out our list of apartment essentials at the end!


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 In This Apartment Guide: 

  • Budgeting for Rent
    Not sure how much of your monthly income should be budgeted for rent? We’ve made it easy to build a basic budget for your living expenses.
  • Must-Have List
    Consider your must-have list. What amenities are most important to you? Determining this list will help you narrow down your apartment search!
  • Questions to Ask While Touring Apartments
    After you have determined your budget and created your must-have list, now is the perfect time to brainstorm what questions you want to ask while touring apartments.
  • New Neighborhoods to Explore
    Columbus offers a great mix of neighborhoods to explore, and there is never a shortage of places to go. What neighborhood is right for you?
  • Pre-Move Apartment Checklist
    Moving doesn’t have to be stressful! Prepare for your upcoming move with our Pre-Move Checklist.
  • Apartment Living Essentials
    We’ve compiled a list of essentials that are less commonly remembered so that you are fully prepared for every circumstance that comes your way.

Budgeting for Rent

Each individual has different priorities on how they spend their income, and the percentage of your income you should spend on rent depends on many factors. The industry sweet spot is to spend approximately 30% of your monthly income on rent. Keep in mind that oftentimes utilities are not included in rent prices. Make sure to budget for monthly utilities such as cable, internet, water, gas, and electric!

Finally, leave room in your monthly budget for additional expenses such as pet rent or garage rent. All Champion communities are pet friendly, allowing residents up to three pets per apartment. Pet rent is $35 per month, per pet. If you would like to have a garage, plan to budget approximately $85-$125 per month for the garage.

To build your budget, consider your monthly net income, the percentage of that income you feel comfortable allocating to rent, utilities, and finally any extras such as pet rent. Having a defined budget will help you stay organized and focused on apartments in your comfort range.

Apartment Must-Haves

Consider your must-have list and what amenities are non-negotiable for you. Finding an apartment and a community that meets all or most of your must-have list will help you love where you live! Below, we’ve compiled a list of amenities that are commonly found on renters must-have lists.

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Questions to Ask While Touring an Apartment

Knowing what questions you want answered during an apartment tour will save you time and energy. It will also help you compare each apartment community accurately, because you’ll have the same information for every apartment you viewed! Below are questions we recommend that you ask during a tour to ensure you find the right apartment for you.

  • How long does a maintenance request take to complete on average?
  • What utilities are residents responsible for?
  • What is your pet policy?
  • Is there assigned parking?
  • Where are guests allowed to park?
  • What is the guest policy?
  • What lease lengths do you offer?
  • Do you offer furnished apartments?
  • Do you have a preferred employer program?
  • What school districts are your communities in?

For Champion’s answers to these questions and more, visit our Top FAQ page

Frequently Asked Questions


Columbus, Ohio Neighborhoods to Explore

Part of what makes Columbus special is the plethora of neighborhoods to explore! Choosing the right one for you will depend on your interests, where your friends and family are, and proximity to work. If you’re having trouble narrowing down your search, we’ve included information on some of the most desirable areas in Columbus!

  • Gahanna

  • Upper Arlington

  • Powell

  • Hilliard

  • Dublin

  • Polaris / Lewis Center

  • Westerville

  • Worthington

Pre-Move Apartment Checklist

We’ve created a checklist to help make the moving preparation process as easy as possible. This comprehensive list will help you stay organized during your move!

  • Collect free boxes
    Groceries, restaurants, and bookstores are great places to get free boxes! If you can’t locate anywhere to get free boxes from, usedcardboardboxes.com sells gently used, recycled cardboard boxes. You can even select a moving kit according to the size of the space you are moving from!
  • Label your boxes as you pack
    This will make unpacking easier and faster! Take this a step further and mark fragile boxes so you know to handle it with care.
  • Schedule an internet appointment
    Check with your community what internet providers are available. Schedule your internet installation appointment for your move-in day ahead of time so that you don’t have to go days in your new home without internet.
  • Update your address
    Update your address on file with your bank, credit card company, loan provider, and payroll at work.
  • Transfer/sign up for renter’s insurance
  • Make a plan to move your pets
  • Update your driver’s license
  • Update your address with Amazon and any other monthly subscriptions such as magazines.
  • Pack an essentials box with everything you want easily accessible on your first night in your new home

Apartment Living Essentials

When moving to a new apartment most people remember the common essentials for your main living areas such as the kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bathroom. We’ve compiled a list of essentials that are less commonly remembered so that you are fully prepared for every circumstance that comes your way.