Rents across all major U.S. cities are on the rise and Sarasota is no different. The impending arrival of snowbirds has average monthly prices creeping up. Life can get overwhelming quickly for those trying to navigate the rental market this time of year. Let us help you explore some options for the best apartments in Sarasota for young professionals. 

If you’re on a tight budget, one way to alleviate some pressure is to find a roommate to split the cost of living with. While finding the ideal roommate can be a daunting task, taking a little extra time in this process can make all of the difference in the world. Of course, you can go on Craigslist and check out what they have to offer. If you take this route, be sure to closely read the ad and look at the images – you’ll get a better idea of what the person is really looking for - there are a few people on there looking to start a romantic relationship instead of finding a roommate.

Or, if the thought of using Craigslist makes you feel creeped out, you can always create an account on or look on Facebook.  While there are also paid search services you can use, a tight budget may not allow for the fees.

Of course, it’s necessary to weed through those who make it to the ‘maybe’ list. Here’s a list of questions and tips to help you find a good roommate match. This list is by no means exhaustive, so feel free to add to it:

- Do you drink/smoke/do drugs?

- How often do you have people over?

- What are you looking for in a roommate?

- What are some challenges that have come up with a previous roommate and how were they handled?

- What would your former roommate say about you?

- Can you provide references from former roommates?

- What is your occupation and what hours do you work?

- Do you have pets?

- How often do you clean where you are currently living?

- What do you do when you’re not working?

These questions provide a good foundation to decide if the ‘maybe’ is a ‘yes’. Once the ideal roommate is found, now the task is to find the perfect rental. Sarasota has a lot of great places to choose from, so once again, things can get overwhelming.  But relax.  Below are a few properties to start with: 

Sarasota Palms  

Located 5 minutes from downtown Sarasota, this pet-friendly community is worth checking out. And with two bedrooms starting at $1,200, this place is definitely worth looking into.

Longitude 82  

Located nine miles from Siesta Beach, this pet-friendly community has a lot to offer renters and their furry friends. 

Villagio At Sarasota

Located just minutes from the SRQ airport, this property is features affordable rates, a putting green, and a pickle ball court.

Elan Rosemary

Located just minutes from downtown Sarasota, this modern property boasts amenities such as a Zen-inspired yoga patio.

And now that we’ve covered the who and where it’s time to get looking on finding the best apartment rental and roomie to match your needs. Happy hunting! 

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