Most Tennessee cities are not too difficult to find rental accommodations in, and Cookeville is no different. Early summer, ideally June, is the best time to start looking for an apartment. The large size of Tennessee Tech means that you want to try and find a place before September though, or you will find that incoming students have filled many of the available rental units.
The vacancy rate is very high, and prices are very low in Cookeville. While this might seem like a buyers dream, it also pays to not lose sight of some other important factors. Make sure that the landlord is maintaining the building properly. In every city, there are homes that are poorly maintained that aren't worth the price, even when those prices are as low as Cookeville's.
Cookeville actually has a pretty good public transportation system for a city that is only home to 30,000 people. The Cookeville Area Transit System buses are equipped with bike racks, which makes it a very convenient way for a quick hop across the city for someone who prefers to cycle. The small size of the city does make a bicycle a great vehicle choice as well.
Dining in the city is mostly made up of chain restaurants, although there are a few local gems. The Factory Nightclub and Crawdaddy's are good places for a drink and some local flavor. Outdoors activities are readily available in the area as well. Several nearby lakes make for a great camping or boating excursion. Center Hill Lake is only fifteen miles away, and features some beautiful waterfalls that are not to be missed.