Advice for living in an apartment?
If you sign a lease deal, have a plan in place for whether you are going to renew it or move out at least threeonths before the lease expires.
Ask if utilities are included (obviously) if they aren't, ask how much your potential future neighbors pay for utilities on average (also obvious but slightly less so)
If you plan on living there multiple years ask potential future neighbors that have been there a while how much rent tends to increase from year to year. My place just went from $615 to $630 a month - quite reasonable - but a friend of mine living in a different complex just had theirs go from $750 to $825. Much less reasonable, and the landlord is only required to give about a month of notice.
When the city inspectors ask why the place smells so strongly of bleach don't tell them the truth about the dead hooker assuming they will think it is a joke. They won't. Learned that one the hard way.
Edit: All roommates are cockblockers. Even if you have known them for years and they have always been cool the second you become roommates they will become a cockblockers. Get a roommate only if absolutely necessary. You have been warned.