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PostHeaderIcon Considerations Every College Student Should Make in Apartment-Hunting

Looking for an apartment to call home during your college years can be a headache. With university requirements and student duties in tow, finding a good one that meets all your wants and needs seems to be an impossible feat.

Fortunately, there are quite a lot of apartments for college students in Florida, USA. This perhaps can be owed to the fact that colleges and universities abound the state. On the other hand, though, this abundance may also cause for bigger headaches as you would have to choose just one among many, many others.

To simplify your search for a good apartment in Florida – particularly in Gainesville where the University of Florida is located, we have listed down some of the essentials in apartment hunting. Here they are:

1. Decide on whether you want an apartment to share or have the place all to yourself.

This is a crucial part of apartment hunting because this will determine the size of the unit that you should be looking for. It would be totally pointless to find a beautifully homey 2-bedroom apartment if you don’t intend to share it with a housemate. It won’t be practical, and definitely not cost-efficient – unless you’re willing to compromise on the sharing part!

2. Always consider the unit’s location in relation to that of your campus’.

The nearer your apartment is to school, the better. Not only will you be able to save on transportation expenses, you’ll also be among the first to hear whenever there are important announcements or last-minute advisories from the university. Apartments near UF are aplenty, but they also get fully booked just weeks into the academic year’s onset so make sure that you get first dibs on these prime units.

3. Pay close and careful attention to the terms and agreement implemented by the landlords.

A mere ocular isn’t enough to gauge the suitability of a unit because you also have to know what the landlord’s terms and policies are before you sign anything. For instance, that shabby chic unit you’ve had your eyes on since day one may be everything you ever wanted in a home away from home, but the contract says it’s off-limits to your dog. If you think that should be a deal-breaker, then at least you get to move on earlier and not have your hopes up or worse – sign for something you totally cannot live with.

4. Make sure you have enough dough for a security deposit.

It is common practice for landlords to ask for a security deposit before the tenant can move in, and in some states such deposits are not controlled by the government which is the case in Florida. As such, some landlords – particularly those in prime locations can take advantage of this limitless entitlement to a deposit so make sure that you have enough money to spare – not just for the apartment itself, but as well for other moving costs and expenditures.

If you are on to your search for a good apartment in Gainesville, the above mentioned tips should really come in handy.

Cedric Loiselle is a talented and passionate writer who enjoys providing useful information for the real estate niche.

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