The rent price of homes may vary at different places in USA. In most areas it’s not hard to find an accommodation that matches your budget but in some large cities such as New York or Los Angles etc. housing demand is high so rents are too high as compared to smaller cities.
Prices for housing depend on size of a home, utilities offered, building location etc. Mostly Pakistani student families lives in one to two bedroom apartments however the families with permanent employment tends to live in town homes (A bigger house e.g. a 10 Marla house fully constructed can be called a town home)
Most of the apartments are unfurnished and usually have an electric stove, refrigerator, air-conditioner and sometimes a dishwasher and small fixtures like window blinds, bulbs etc. do not worry if you find any apartment made in 1970 or older because the old build places get renovated over time and their style does not change as frequently as in Pakistan so they all seems alike. Before providing any place for rent, the owner may ask you for someone reference living in same city as its not possible for them to check your credibility all the times.
Signing for lease / apartment or home:
Most of the apartment offers rental lease for almost at least a year. While moving for a first time in USA, and arranging a place before coming, risk is involved as you have never actually saw the place and the real estate staff might not trust you as they always require some type of security while giving an apartment on lease so it’s difficult if you have no one in USA that knows you or can arrange an apartment for you.
If looking for a home for a shorter time period to search for another one after reaching USA, you need to go through online advertisements and contacting the owners for information and explain your situation. Usually people in USA trust each other and the owner might reserve a place for you as well without any monetary security however it completely depends on your communication and the other person.
Things you need to know before signing a lease:
You can always ask about the utilities included in the rent like some apartment owners provides water, sewerage and trash with the rent that can save around $100 in bill, some adds heating, heating, electricity, internet etc. you can confirm it beforehand. Free parking should be available if you have your own car to avoid parking problem if any. If it’s an individual home or apartment then lawn care should be added as it might get costly to take care of the lawn on your own. The costs of such utilities are discussed in living cost in USA section.