What You Need to Know About Moving to Dallas

Thinking about relocating to Dallas, Texas? You’re not alone — in fact, the city’s population skyrocketed by nearly 100k people from 2020 – 2021 and shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. Prices are low when compared to major metros like New York, Los Angeles, or Boston, making Dallas a haven for those craving the big-city lifestyle without a big-city price tag.

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Dallas at a Glance

The city of Dallas has a population of 1.3 million people, making it the 9th largest city in the U.S. (and 3rd in Texas). The Dallas job market remains consistently strong and is home to several major corporation HQs including AT&T, JCPenney, and Southwest Airlines.

Health care is also a major industry, with Baylor Healthcare System and Texas Health Resources employing more than 35,000 people combined. Quite a leap for a city that, just a century ago, was known for its production of saddles and cotton gin machinery! Dallas also has a rich tradition of art and music that can be traced back to its early years. In fact, the bars and music venues of Deep Ellum are direct descendants of the jazz and blues clubs that sprang up there during the 1920s and 1930s.

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Best Places to Live in Dallas

One of the most difficult choices you’re likely to face when moving to Dallas is choosing where you want to live. Our Dallas Neighborhood Guide can give you the rundown on areas that’ll work for you and your lifestyle — and when you’re ready to start your apartment search, we’ll be here to make it as easy as possible.

What do I do if I have to move in and start work by a certain date, but I’m not able to visit Dallas beforehand?

No worries! Leasing a unit sight unseen can be stressful — photos don’t always do apartments justice. Our agents are happy to do a detailed video walkthrough or FaceTime tour so you feel 100% confident about where you’ll be living.

I need to move to Dallas 5 months from now, are you guys able to help?

While you can narrow down potential neighborhoods and apartment complexes ahead of time, properties typically don’t provide updated availability until 60 days out from your move-in date.

What if I am coming to Dallas for only one or two days to look at apartments?

This is our full-time job, and all of our agents work pretty much all the time. If you’re coming in on a Saturday, just let your agent know and we can have updated availability and pricing for you to look over before you come. We love touring out-of-towners because we get to show off how much we love this city. We can show you the different neighborhoods, the best bars to meet new people, and all of our favorite restaurants — we’re foodies around here!

What neighborhood should I live in?

There are a ton of factors that go into choosing the perfect neighborhood like budget, work location, and lifestyle. Browse through our neighborhood guide to get a feel for the city, and definitely ask your agent for recommendations!

How do I set up electricity/utilities?

Unlike some cities that have only one electricity provider, Dallas has many options to choose from (which can be a little overwhelming!). A Relocation Specialist from our Connect Team can help you compare rates and get the best deals — for free!

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What movers should I use?

We’re glad you asked! On top of helping you set up utilities, our Connect Team can hook you up with discounts on all of the best move-in services. Click here for the full rundown of recommendations.

What are my transportation options?

While Dallas is most easily traveled by car, the DART metro rail (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) has a number of stops throughout the city and its surrounding areas. We know of plenty of Dallas apartments that are within walking distance to a DART station if you’re not planning on bringing a personal vehicle.

Is Dallas pet friendly?

Dallas is SUUUUUPER dog friendly — including our office! There are tons of bars and restaurants that allow furry friends to hang out on their patios. Almost all of the apartments allow non-aggressive dogs as roommates (with a deposit), and some even come with amenities like pet parks and grooming stations.

If you have an “aggressive” breed (we use quotations because we know your pit bull is sweet) then your options will be more limited, but they still exist. Contact us and we can give you the details on what to expect!

What do deposits and upfront costs look like for renting in Dallas?

We love telling people who move from big cities like New York or LA about deposits here in Dallas. They usually range anywhere from $0-400. Sometimes higher if there are credit issues, but no apartment requires first and last month’s rent, which is awesome. Some apartments will even give you a month of free rent! You will also pay an application fee of $0-100 and an admin fee of $0-300. We’re pretty good at finding deals though, you shouldn’t expect to pay more than $500 for move-in costs with good credit. If you have a pet, your deposit will be a bit more.

Fridge, microwave, parking?

All apartments in Dallas come with a fridge and a microwave. Parking is usually included unless it’s a downtown property or if you have specific requests.

Q : Do you offer furnished and/or short-term leases?

We’ve partnered with Fernish, CORT, and Nickson Living to provide our clients the option to rent furniture instead of outright purchasing everything. Check out our Connect page for a full rundown of our partners and discount codes!

As for short-term leases, the minimum lease term we work with is 6 months, but pricing is usually MUCH higher for short-term leases — sometimes double the price. We always tell people that if they’re planning on moving here for at least a year, it’s well worth it to sign on for a 12-month lease to save money.

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