Published at Monday, February 11th, 2019 - 13:15:55 PM. Apartment. By Austin Lagi.
Glossary of Types of Apartments for Rent in Ottawa Looking through the apartment listings can be a pretty confusing experience. Just what are the differences between a junior one-bedroom and an alcove studio? A convertible three-bedroom and a flex two-bedroom? Knowing the layout of each type of apartment and what features each type contains will greatly improve your chances of finding the perfect apartment rental for your needs and lifestyle. Walk-Up Apartment / Low-Rise Apartment A walk-up or low-rise apartment is located in a building that does not have an elevator (which means it might be a bit more difficult when youre moving in). Walk-ups are usually older buildings that are less than five stories high and may not have a lot of amenities such as laundry rooms, storage lockers or wheelchair accessibility. Generally, monthly rent for a walk-up is less expensive than the monthly rent for a high-rise apartment. High-Rise Apartment A high-rise apartment is found in a building that is generally six or more storeys tall. High-rise apartment buildings have elevators and often have onsite laundry facilities, pools, fitness centres, comprehensive fire alarm systems, and security systems to monitor tenant entry and exit. In addition, many high-rise apartment buildings feature onsite management staff to assist you in the event of an emergency. Bachelor Apartment / Studio Apartment A great choice for students, a bachelor apartment (also called a studio apartment or an efficiency apartment) is a small one-room apartment with a separate bathroom. The one room serves as a bedroom, dining room and living room and is usually connected to an open kitchen. Bachelor apartments can range from very small (just big enough for a sofa-bed and a desk) to very large (with enough room for a king-size bed and a separate sitting area and dining area). An alcove bachelor (also called a convertible bachelor or convertible studio) is usually configured in an L-shape with a distinct area or nook for dining or sleeping. 1-Bedroom Apartments A one-bedroom apartment consists of a living room, kitchen, bathroom and a separate bedroom equipped with a built in closet. Occupancy may often be limited to two people. A junior one-bedroom usually implies an extra-large studio apartment that is large enough to section off a separate sleeping area or bedroom. 2-Bedroom Apartments A full two-bedroom apartment has two separate bedrooms in addition to a living room. It may or may not have a separate kitchen. Bedroom sizes can vary widely, from a babys room or small office to an extra-large master bedroom suite. A convertible two-bedroom apartment (sometimes called a flex 2) is actually a one-bedroom apartment, but it is large enough and laid out in such a way that a wall could be put up to create a second bedroom. Similarly, a convertible three-bedroom (or flex 3) is a two-bedroom apartment that can be converted into 3 bedrooms. A wing apartment usually has two bedrooms as well as a small common area such as an eat-in kitchen, but no living room. These apartments are ideal for students or roommates who dont require much in the way of common living space. Loft A loft can be classified as a big, open space with few internal walls. Usually the result from a commercial building having been converted into residential units, lofts generally have very high ceilings, extra-large windows and often have exposed plumbing pipes and columns. Penthouse Apartment A penthouse is an apartment on the top floor of an apartment building, usually featuring extra balconies or a rooftop deck. A penthouse is normally considered to be quite luxurious and is an extremely desirable (albeit expensive) place to live. Basement Apartment As the name implies, a basement apartment is located in the lowest storey of a building and is partially below ground level. Windows and proper ceiling height are enforced by city codes. This type of apartment can also refer to the basement on a house that has been converted to an apartment. This type of basement apartment may have its own separate entrance and may have its own bathroom, kitchen, laundry room and heating system separate from the rest of the house. Duplex Apartment A duplex is an apartment with two levels. This could include a true bi-level apartment with an enclosed upstairs and downstairs, or it could also be an open space with an extra-high ceiling and a loft or mezzanine. Railroad Apartment In a railroad apartment, there is no hallway. This type of apartment consists of a series of rooms that are connected to each other in a straight line (just like cars on a train), meaning a tenant will have to walk through each room to get from one end of the apartment to the other. Balcony / Terrace The terms balcony and terrace are often used interchangeably to indicate a railed platform extending from the outside of the apartment. It can be small enough to accommodate one or two people standing or large enough for a picnic table, lounge chairs and plants.
How to Find the Best Gainesville Apartments For UF Students In Gainesville, if youre looking for housing, chances are that you are a UF student; more than 40% of the population is here to attend the University of Florida. Looking for your first Gainesville apartment can be a daunting task-- especially if youve never lived in an apartment before. By following these helpful tips and beginning your apartment search online, you can save time and find the best fit for you and your particular needs as a UF student. DETERMINE HOW YOULL GET TO UF CLASSES After spending a year on-campus in dorms like Broward, Hume, Springs or Fletcher, most UF students choose to live off-campus and begin searching for an apartment. And can you blame them? On-campus UF dorms are typically dark, damp and incredibly cramped, with most students sharing a bathroom with 45-60 other students. Unfortunately, UF does not offer on-campus parking near classes to UF students who dont live in the dorms. So before you begin your apartment search, the first thing to consider is how you will get to your UF classes. Will you walk? Will you bike? Will you ride a bus or seek out a spot in ParkNRide? If you plan on riding the bus from your apartment, youll need to leave at least 1 hour before your class begins to ensure that you wont be late. Remember that most RTS buses drop you off at the Hub (also known as the Reitz Union), and youll need to walk from there to your classes. The only other option is to seek out ParkNRide (which is so far from classes that youll need to ride a bus from your parking spot to the Hub and then walk from there). Because of the challenges youll face getting to your classes, most students seek out apartments near the UF campus, so that they can walk to class. It can be very difficult to find an apartment near UF, especially if students do not have the help of older friends and family who have been through the process before. Many of the apartment complexes near UF are small and dont advertise in the local apartment guides or Gainesville Apartment Hunters or similar apartment finder services. Instead, youll need to be proactive to find your best fit. START YOUR APARTMENT SEARCH ONLINE Smart students who want to find the best and cheapest apartments in Gainesville start their search online. They begin by navigating to sites like Google and typing in general keyword terms like Gainesville apartments and Gainesville apartments near UF. These terms will return a list of apartment complexes close to campus. The first few search results will include apartment finding services and roommate matching services that will list lots of the apartments with easy comparison charts, where you can search by style, size, move-in date and more. These same sites include many photo galleries, floorplans, virtual tours and maps showing where the apartments are located. By starting their search for the best Gainesville apartments online, students can really cut back on their research time. Many websites also include time-saving tools like schedule a tour buttons and even offer online specials. HOW TO COMPARE GAINESVILLE APARTMENTS While performing your apartment search online, be sure to take good notes. Youll want to make note of all of the following amenities in order to help determine which would be the best fit for you: * Location - how close is it to UF * How will you get to class - can you walk from the apartment to school * Square footage - how big is the apartment * Number of bedrooms - how many roommates will you have * Roommate Matching Services - does the apartment complex offer roommate matching or will you need to find your own roommates * Rental Rate per Person - how much will it cost you to live there * Availability - is the apartment available for the month in which you need to move TALK TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY Before taking a tour, students should talk to their parents, friends and anyone else involved in their decision making process. They should make a list of what is most important to them: budget, location, size of the apartment, how many bedrooms they are looking for, etc. From this list, they will be able to tell if the apartments online match their particular needs. Apartments are a lot like cars; as you increase your budget, you are able to get better amenities. So to find the best apartment, it is important to start off by asking parents what the budget is. SCHEDULE A TOUR OF THE APARTMENT After finding a few Gainesville apartments that seem like a good fit, the next step is to schedule a tour. Tours typically take less than 15 minutes, and they are free. Plus touring is the best way to check out the actual apartment (though most apartment complex websites are honest, some are highly inaccurate). You should bring along anyone who is involved in the decision making process: friends, potential roommates, and parents (if they are in town). Always bring your checkbook and photo ID or drivers license, so that you can put down a security deposit or make a reservation if you find that you like the apartment after your tour. QUESTIONS TO ASK DURING THE APARTMENT TOUR 1) How many bedrooms does the apartment have, and are the bedrooms big enough for your furniture? 2) How many bathrooms does the apartment have? Will you need to share? 3) How does the parking around the apartment work? 4) How will you get to your UF classes from the apartment? Be forewarned. Most apartment complexes try to make the Gainesville bus system sound great-- but RTS is terrible! For apartment near the Mall or off of 20th Ave, plan on leaving your apartment about 1 hour before class begins every day, to ensure that you get there on time. Between walking from the apartment to your bus stop, then waiting for the bus, then taking the bus ride (and all of its stops), then walking from The Hub on UF campus campus to the actual classroom, you are talking about a 45 trip. Plus, if the bus is late or if the bus is full, you will need some extra leeway. Because of this commute issue and because there is no on-campus parking (except for ParkNRide) for UF students who live off campus, most students try to live in houses and apartments close to UF, so that they can walk to class. Apartments that are walking distance to UF classes are a bit more money than those further away, but think about it: youll be saving up to 2 hours per day in commute time.
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