Checklist for finding the best apartment
- Review the checklist and the apartment comparison worksheet. Do not sign the lease at the first apartment you tour. Shop around, get the best value for your rent, find a landlord/management that you like and feel you can trust, find a place that is safe, and try to find a place where you will want to live for the duration of your college career.
- Know your budget and live within your means.
- Create a list of needs/wants before you start your search: is the apartment within budget, close to campus, roommate matching, single apartment, gym, pool, on the bus system, close to local businesses, etc.
- Need or want to have a roommate? Check out the free roommate matching service on this site. www.gainesville-rent.com/roommates and also www.RoomSync.com
- Pick up a copy of the Gainesville Apartment and Condo Guide in media boxes on the campus of the University of Florida, admissions office at Santa Fe College and yellow street boxes in Gainesville or use our search page www.gainesville-rent.com/apartment/search and start your search.
- Where do you want to live? Drive around and get a feel for the city. For crime information contact the Gainesville Police Department at www.gainesvillepd.org or by calling 334-2400.
- Do you need to be on a bus route? Look up bus routes at www.go-rts.com
- Take a tour of a real apartment and meet with the management of the apartment communities that fit your needs.
- Ask questions of other tenants living there, does the management treat students fairly, do you like living here, is the management timely with fixing maintenance issues, does the management ensure the community is quiet at night, is it safe, etc.
- Look for safety. Do doors have dead bolts, are there security gates, security guards, are doors visible from the road, is the community well lit at night, are there sprinklers, alarms and/or fire extinguishers in the apartment, are the grounds maintained?
- Go back to the apartment community at night to make sure it is quiet enough for you to study, sleep, and is well lit for safety.