I'm in St. Pete for school, so I need a shorter lease. How can I find apartments in St. Pete with them?

As a student, you definitely have more than enough to worry about without fretting over finding St. Pete apartments with shorter leases. Doing homework, managing extracurricular activities, working a job and maintaining your sanity are all top priorities. That's why we're here to help. At RentTampaBay.com, our job is to make your apartment hunt as easy as possible. We'll have you looking at apartments in St. Pete that fit what you're looking for in less than a class period.

The first step in your search is to go to the RentTampaBay.com homepage. With all the neat information there, it's easy to get distracted, but maintain your focus. You're looking for a big, green button that says "Find Your Apartment." Once you've uncovered it (a feat that shouldn't prove too difficult), click it. It will take you to the apartment guide. Here you'll see dozens of St. Pete apartments and hundreds of features to adjust so that you find the perfect place for you. You're looking for the "Lease Lengths by Month" option. Once you find it, click the blue, plus sign next to it to get a drop down menu. Here you can choose to see apartments in St. Pete with lease lengths that range from 3 months to 18 months. You can adjust both ends of this so that you find a range that works best with your school schedule. Once you adjust it, the search refines itself so that you only see apartments in St. Pete that offer those kinds of leases.

There are important things to be aware of when you're signing a shorter lease, though. You will most likely pay a higher premium than you would with a more "typical" lease. This is because the St. Pete apartments will have a harder time filling your empty apartment for however many months you aren't there. However, it will likely be cheaper than if you were to sign for a longer lease and pay rent during the months you aren't there. All apartments in St. Pete will have various prices, so be sure to ask what they are before you sign.

Many St. Pete apartments also offer the option to sublease your place for the time you aren't there, which is another option to consider. Many people are looking for places to stay throughout the year, though you may end up paying extra fees to sign the lease over or offering your subleasing tenant a discounted rate as an incentive for them to choose you over someone else. This can get tricky, but it will save you more money than if you just end up paying the lease for the time you're not there.

St. Pete is brimming with options when it comes to apartments, even when you're looking for those that have short-term leases. You'll be able to find a setup that works for you, so long as you stick with RentTampaBay.com.

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