When people ask me which plants they should get for their apartment I usually suggest that they start with a ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia). They are very forgiving and can grow in lots of different kinds of light. The one pictured is in our guest bedroom and gets lots of indirect light. But they can also grow in windowless offices with fluorescent lighting. Here in South Florida they do well outdoors on patios, too. However, they don't want to live in full sun.
ZZ plants are originally from Central Africa.