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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.
Apartments, One Mans Dream Is Anothers Nightmare Apartments. Usually somebodys first home after getting married. Cant really say theyre relatively cheap anymore. Depending on where you live, apartments can run you anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars a month. So what does one do when looking for an apartment? Believe it or not, there are many different types, styles, and pay plans involved. Well try to cover the basic types in this article and what you can expect to find with each. Starting off small there is your basic studio apartment. A studio apartment is usually 1 room with a kitchen and bath. Lets first off define what a room is when getting an apartment. A room is any room other than your kitchen and bath. Bathrooms do not count as rooms at all because they are required by law. Kitchens are a little different. Most walk in kitchens are considered a half a room. If the kitchen is simply an area in the apartment that is not cut off from the other rooms then it is not counted as a room. So a studio 1 room would have a kitchen area thats part of the 1 room, meaning it probably comes with just a refrigerator and a stove and sink. A studio 1 1/2 room would have a kitchen that is actually separated from the rest of the apartment by a wall and has a doorway. Most studio apartments are 1 room. Studio apartments, contrary to what most people think, are not cheap. A studio in New York City can cost you $1000 a month. In some areas you can get a studio for about $500. Then there are your basic apartments that are normally 3 or 4 rooms. A three room apartment has a living room, dining area and 1 bedroom. Again, the difference between a 3 and a 3 1/2 room is the kitchen being either part of one of the rooms or cut off. A four room apartment usually has a living room, dining area and 2 bedrooms. If a family needs a third bedroom the dining area is usually converted. The problem with dining areas is that they dont normally have doors to separate them from the other rooms. So to ensure privacy some kind of sliding door is usually installed. Actually most 4 room apartments, because of the extra room are really 4 1/2 rooms because in almost all cases the kitchen is cut off from the other rooms. In apartments there is seldom a basement. Most apartments are assigned a basement area in a main basement used for the entire complex. In some cases each apartment section or group of apartments has a basement nearby. Aside from the number of rooms there is also the issue of layout. Most apartments are single level, meaning all the rooms are on one floor. But in some cases there are apartment complexes that are what they call duplexes. These are two apartments side by side in each complex and each apartment is two floors as opposed to the 4 apartment complexes where each apartment is on a single level. In two level apartments the living room and dining area are usually downstairs with the bedrooms upstairs. Most two level apartments are 4 1/2 rooms. Then there is the issue of what services come with the apartment and what services have to be paid for separately. In some apartments your gas and electricity and water utilities are included in the cost of the rent. In other apartments only the water is paid for and your gas and electric are paid to your local public service company. Some apartments dont cover any of your costs. So when you get an apartment make sure you find out just what your rent covers. The reason for this is that an apartment for $900 a month with all utilities paid may actually be a better deal than an apartment for $750 a month if the latter apartment doesnt include any utilities at all. Finally, in securing an apartment many require a security deposit equal to the rent of the apartment. Some require one month security and some require two months. This is paid back to you when your lease expires if you decide to leave. Breaking a lease will usually mean forfeiture of your deposit. Which brings us to apartment rules. This is why there is nothing like owning your own home. Most apartments allow no pets. Playing music after a certain hour will bring complaints from your neighbors. The list goes on and on but Im sure you get the point. Your freedom to do what you want in an apartment is limited. Some people love the idea of not having to worry about repairs, as the super usually takes care of that, and live in apartments their whole life. Others cant wait until they can get into their own home. Thats the wonderful thing about this world. One mans dream is another mans nightmare.
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