While really low rates for rental apartments in Frankfort are rare, the quality of living here is high - 82% on the Liveability score - which makes up for having to pay a little more.
When to Start Looking
You should probably start looking about six to eight weeks out from your proposed move-in date for a rental apartment. You could find something sooner, but if you don't, you'll spend a lot of days watching the leaves grow.
Where to Look
You'll find decent rentals throughout town, mostly houses. Many folks prefer the northwest side of town off Highway 30, but you'll find some nice rentals on the east side, too. You may even score duplexes for rent here. Condo rentals haven't really caught on here yet, so don't expect to find many of these.
What You Need
You'll need the "usual" to secure an apartment for rent in Frankfort and its vicinity. Have your credit score, letter verifying employment and salary, and a referral letter from your last landlord, along with a copy of your last paycheck stub. Most landlords are looking for a rental-to-salary ratio of 30% of your take-home pay.
There are several hiking, biking and walking paths here, especially along Old Plank Bike Trail that runs through town. Frankfortians enjoy bowling, hockey, and ice skating. Community events rank high on their list, like Chili cook-offs, Kite Flying events, and Wine Tasting. Shopping in town makes for great fun in the charming historic district. A wine shop on Grange Street specializes in wines from all over. Plenty of dining places are clustered around Main Street, ranging from awesome American food at the White Street Cafe (located in the historic district's Trolley Barn,) to Italian (not just pizza,) great sushi, wonderful wiener schnitzel, and of course classic beer and burgers. These provide an excellent selection of choices, no matter your craving.
Sorry to say it, but a car is a necessity in this part of Illinois. Places you'll want to go are spread out in Frankfort. Once you drive to where you want to walk, it's great, but you generally have to get there first. If you find housing for rent in the central area, you'll be able to walk along shady sidewalks. There is bus transportation, and there are two Amtrak stations that serve the area (both within 10 to 11 miles.) The closest airport is approximately 20 miles away.