Well, I found this apt through the off-campus student organization... I'm not sure what you mean by a college guidance counselor. I know we had those in grade school, but OSU is twice as big as Kent State and there's 30,000 people here (including branch campuses).
I looked at the apartmentratings.com but these landlords aren't listed
oh well. I've looked at them for the apt I live in now and it has such mixed reviews, alot of the bad ones are from previous managers/owners. Finding college apartments is alot different than any other kind of apartment I think. And I also think I have very low expectations of apartments, it's kind of like a lengthy hotel stay to me, you just show up and see what you get. As long as it really is a two bedroom townhouse and the water runs I probably won't be disapointed. It's really a place to sleep until I move on to bigger and better things... It's not the apt I'm worried about it's the area. The neighborhood its in is concerning to me because I don't want to be scared and I get scared very easily, but from what my friend told me it's in about standard sort of neighborhood for OSU student housing. I think I'm just soooo concerned because growing up I heard all these terror stories about how the second you walked off campus you were in the scary-neighborhood type place, but then again the people telling the stories were, as everyone in my high school was, very sheltered.
"Semi-decent" is pretty much what I'm hoping for. I hate snobby almost as much as scary, I want the type of place where people just don't mess up your car while sleeping (though that happens where I live now, I guess?)
Thank you guys for all your suggestions!!!!! I am putting them to good use. I've never had to just do something like this mostly on my own and I'm sort of stumbling my way through it.
But the best news is........ (drumroll) I can get a second cat!!! Yay!!!