I know these questions are probably going to sound pretty naive, but this is my first time trying to find an apartment in a new city. I'm planning on moving to St. Louis by the end of May to work in a summer research program before starting med school at Wash U. So I have some general apartment-hunting questions. I'm thinking I'll fly out to St. Louis sometime in the next few weeks to look at possibilities...and I'm wondering about how long this kind of trip generally takes...can you do it in two days or so? Also, I guess this may be more specific to St. Louis, but is it pretty much necessary to rent a car? I've never rented one before...but I guess there's a first time for everything! I've looked at a few websites to try to find possible apartments, but I'm still pretty clueless...would you just write down a few addresses and hope that you can find them when you get there? And another issue: my mom wants to fly out with me and help me look...but I tend to think that I'd be fine on my own, and that it might be kind of weird to have a parent along...what do you think? Finally, this is probably the most stupid question: I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I'm not quite sure what a studio apartment consists of. If it's financially doable, I'd like to live by myself and have a small kitchen...would that mean that I should focus on studio apartments and not ones listed as "one bedroom"? Oops, one last thing: since I have to be moved in to my apartment before June 1st (when my job starts), do you think it will be a problem to find a lease that will let me move in during late May? Or are most leases August through August kinds of things? OK, thanks, I'll be very appreciative of any advice!