Some things I’ve learned: Check for overhead lighting. If there isn’t any, buy lamps *before* move-in day. Check for shades or blinds. You don’t want to be changing in the bathroom until you can buy curtains. Check for a peephole and/or chain on the front door. Even in a safe neighborhood, you want to be able to see who’s on the other side of the door without unlocking it fully. Check the storage situation. My kitchen has plenty of cabinets but only one tiny drawer, so I got a rolling cart with drawers before moving in. If you have only a single small closet, consider alternatives- bigger dresser, an amoire, hangers that can store multiple items, bed risers and underbed storage containers, etc. If you have high ceilings but less square footage, make sure you have a stepladder so you can utilize vertical storage space more easily. If you don’t have a car, consider proximity to the grocery store. If your city is hilly, actually going there in person is best, because something that looks like an easy walk on the map may be a real pain in person.