Entering college is an intimidating yet exciting experience. Establishing new friendships and delving into courses of a higher level can give the novice student a rather tight and sense of smallness within. On the other hand, new and exciting experiences await us to make them memories. These future stories—those we will be telling our future children and grandchildren—start with our search for that first apartment.
If you are enrolling in the University of North Florida, that task might not be so easy. There’s a myriad of apartments around the campus to choose from; each with its own special characteristics that make it unique. The more popular ones are The Club At Town Center, 5 Thousand Town, and The District of Kernan to name a fraction of the apartments surrounding UNF campus.
As hard as it is to look for the perfect-fit apartment, the following are simple tips that will surely lighten the burden:
1. Decide on a template of your desired apartment
It is always wise to plan before starting the actual search. This holds true not only in apartment searching but in everything. Think of the kind of apartment you’re looking for. Picture in your mind the apartment you want for yourself by considering qualities such as: number of bedrooms, cabinet space, overall floor area, location of the unit, view from the window, house rules, and available amenities. Furthermore, determine a “compromise” apartment in case you find that your ideal apartment does not exist. After you have planned, you can go through the searching process that will maximize your time, effort, and money.
2. Note down observations
While you are on the actual searching phase, make sure to document everything. Considering the number of apartments you will visit and observe, simply taking mental notes will not suffice. Apartments have plenty of details—details that will be crucial in making your decision—and it is your duty keep the data organized. You do not want to end up choosing an apartment that you thought was the one you wanted, but actually an illusion comprising details from 3 apartments conjured by your disorganized memory. Same as in planning, documenting and data collection is very important especially if you’re searching among numerous choices of UNF apartments.
3. Talk to the locals
As the newbies in town, this task is usually skipped by upcoming freshmen. This should not be the case. Information derived from people who have already lived in the apartments you’re looking at is vital. They can give you information that the landlord or the broker will never in their right minds give you—negative information. Just like the sofa the little rascal used to hide the vase he broke, the good qualities that come out of the landlord’s and broker’s mouth, though true, are often distractions to get you to sign the lease before you can find out something that will prevent you from doing the same. Thus, do not forget to talk to those who have already lived in the apartment you’re currently looking into for at least a year. And among all the questions you might be able to come up with, the most important is neighborhood safety. So, just make sure that you get to ask that.