Either way if you placed a deposit for apartment this is when you said "YES I WANT IT" then its on you and then they are correct to take it. This is because the deposit is there to hold the place for you so no one else moves in.
If you put deposit to view an apartment that's just plain silly.
Kathryn is right, what area are you looking for? how much are you willing / can spend?
Do you have W-2, pay stubs , good credit? all these things will factor in!
The only reason that you would not get a deposit back is if you reneged on a lease application....perhaps.
What is your budget? No one can help you without know what your budget is.
Kathryn Lilly, Broker
Realty on the Greene, LLC