You can rent a single family residence (house) or condominium if you can afford the rent. Houses or condominiums generally rent above $2000.00 per month. Just as Thom posted, "a landlord is looking for a monthly salary of 3 times the rent. " Therefore, if you find a house that is $2000.00 per month, you need to prove that you make $6000.00 per month.
You have several options:
1. You can rent an apartment and spend less per month while saving for a down payment.
2. You can get pre-approved for a loan to see how much you qualify for and buy a house/condominium.
3. You can rent a house/condominium but for that price, and depending on your pre-approval, it may make more sense to buy.
I hope this helps. If I can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact me.
Star Real Estate South County