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Apartments in T-Town: the Good, the Bad, & the Avoid at All Costs?

LuvLABSLuvLABS Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
As an earlier post indicated, the hunt for next year's housing will begin in earnest after Parent's weekend. While it seems like the addition of new apartment inventory and completion of Presidential dorms should help alleviate some of the rush to lease this Fall, nonetheless parents & students will be starting their research. Would be interested in hearing about the pros, cons and avoid at all costs of the various apartments complexes.
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Replies to: Apartments in T-Town: the Good, the Bad, & the Avoid at All Costs?

  • AlbionGirlAlbionGirl Registered User Posts: 878 Member
    ^^ I'd love to hear this kind of information too. I checked out the Woodlands which was mentioned by jrcsmom and it looks great, but online reviews mention problems with utility overages, move-out charges, inconvenient move in/move out dates, and unresponsive management. I'm not sure how accurate these reviews are but it would be great to hear what experiences people here have had (not just for the Woodlands but for any apartment complex). Also, how well do the shuttles work out for students who live in the complexes that offer shuttle service? It seems that even if your student has a car it might be good to take a shuttle into the UA campus to avoid parking hassles.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 83,920 Forum Champion
    edited August 2014
    I think we should copy/paste the below and fill in for each apt complex that you know:

    Complex name

    Rate

    is rate "per bedroom" or "per unit"?

    Rate includes (ex: water, cable, internet, etc)

    # of Bedrooms

    # of Baths

    Distance from Campus

    bus service to campus?

    Other amenities (pool, tennis, clubhouse, fitness room, etc)

    Safe area?

    Gated?

    Misc positives:

    Misc negatives:


    Other notes:

  • AlbionGirlAlbionGirl Registered User Posts: 878 Member
    Can we add availability of shopping near the apartment complex?
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 83,920 Forum Champion

    Complex name

    nearest cross-streets

    Rate

    is rate "per bedroom" or "per unit"?

    Rate includes (ex: water, cable, internet, etc)

    # of Bedrooms

    # of Baths

    Distance from Campus

    bus service to campus?

    Other amenities (pool, tennis, clubhouse, fitness room, etc)

    Safe area?

    Gated?

    Nearby grocery

    Nearby non-grocery stores

    Nearby restaurants/fast food

    Misc positives:

    Misc negatives:


    Other notes:
  • kjcphmomkjcphmom Registered User Posts: 1,103 Senior Member
    edited August 2014
    Can you add if you can get individual leases per room? (or is this answered in the rate per room?)
  • LuvLABSLuvLABS Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    Let's also add insect problems, water damage issues. And the hours of the shuttle to campus. I've heard some are good...every 15 min to 1/2 hour, but others are only every hour and stop at 5pm, leaving kids stuck on campus for later classes.
  • LucieTheLakieLucieTheLakie Registered User Posts: 3,998 Senior Member
    Does the age of a building/complex matter? Should that be noted? I'd also like to know if students in certain majors/schools generally choose specific places based on their locations and/or their prevailing atmosphere.

    Thanks for starting this thread!
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 83,920 Forum Champion
    Things like insect issues, etc, should be noted in the Misc Negatives. i think the age of the complex is only relevant if the place hasn't been maintained, and then that can be noted in the Misc Negatives.

    Things like: "popular with B-School majors" or "popular with nursing students", etc, can be noted in the Other Notes. (I'm not sure if any particular complexes attract one major or another.)
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 83,920 Forum Champion
    Complex name

    nearest cross-streets

    Rate

    is rate/lease "per bedroom" or "per unit"?

    Rate includes (ex: water, cable, internet, etc)

    # of Bedrooms

    # of Baths

    Distance from Campus

    bus service to campus - frequency of trips to campus - weekend trips?

    Other amenities (pool, tennis, clubhouse, fitness room, etc)

    Safe area?

    Gated?

    Nearby grocery

    Nearby non-grocery stores

    Nearby restaurants/fast food

    Misc positives (immaculate premises, etc):

    Misc negatives (poorly-kept landscaping, etc.):


    Other notes (popular with a particular major, etc.):
  • kjcphmomkjcphmom Registered User Posts: 1,103 Senior Member
    Are these units always furnished or is this a question that needs to be answered for each unit?
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 83,920 Forum Champion
    edited August 2014
    Complex name

    nearest cross-streets

    Rate

    is rate/lease "per bedroom" or "per unit"?

    Rate includes (ex: water, cable, internet, etc)

    Furnished/Unfurnished (or furnished available):

    # of Bedrooms

    # of Baths

    Distance from Campus

    bus service to campus - frequency of trips to campus - weekend trips?

    Other amenities (pool, tennis, clubhouse, fitness room, etc)

    Safe area?

    Gated?

    Nearby grocery

    Nearby non-grocery stores

    Nearby restaurants/fast food

    Misc positives (immaculate premises, etc):

    Misc negatives (poorly-kept landscaping, etc.):


    Other notes (popular with a particular major, etc.):



  • jrcsmomjrcsmom Registered User Posts: 949 Member
    Here's what I know - I can check with my S if anyone has more specific questions

    Complex name - The Woodlands

    nearest cross-streets - Hargrove (not far from McFarland)

    Rate - $495/month (with discount for renewing lease)

    is rate/lease "per bedroom" or "per unit"? per bedroom (individual lease)

    Rate includes (ex: water, cable, internet, etc) - basic cable (can pay to upgrade package) and wired internet (need to supply own wireless router for wi-fi (can pay water and electricity or $40/month + overages for inclusive utility package)

    Furnished/Unfurnished (or furnished available): - fully furnished (not high quality furnishing, but everything was in good condition and functional)

    # of Bedrooms - S is in 4BR Townhome

    # of Baths - 4

    Distance from Campus - located directly behind Target

    bus service to campus - frequency of trips to campus - weekend trips? has shuttle, don't know schedule son either drives or bikes and has never used shuttle service

    Other amenities (pool, tennis, clubhouse, fitness room, etc) -pool, clubhouse (with pool table, computers for use), fitness room, 'theater' where students can bring DVDs and project them on a large screen with theater style seating, complex has fairly regular gatherings (AT LEAST once per month) where students can stop and get free food

    Safe area?

    Gated? No, but have their own security staff

    Nearby grocery - Son shops at Target, there is an actual grocery not far on McFarland

    Nearby non-grocery stores - Target, Home Depot

    Nearby restaurants/fast food - everything near the mall on McFarland?

    Misc positives (immaculate premises, etc):-has microwave and washer and dryer included in the units, walk-in-closets and large pantry area in kitchen, large balcony area, LOTS of parking available, very convenient to Target, allows pets (may be a positive for some)

    Misc negatives (poorly-kept landscaping, etc.):- we've always had utility overages (but the complex supplied bills directly from water and electric companies upon request to verify proper billing, so issue is that the $40/month fee needs to be increased so it is more realistic), getting maintenance is slow for non-emergency issues, walls are 'thin' you can definitely hear loud music/noises from adjacent units or outside noise


    Other notes (popular with a particular major, etc.):
  • LuvLABSLuvLABS Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    Recently heard of apartment in Campus Way infested with Bed bugs.
  • MontegutMontegut Registered User Posts: 6,124 Senior Member
    Does the Woodlands have a dishwasher? Big plus after living in the dorms is getting an apartment with a dishwasher. Another big plus is in unit washer/dryer. Son, now in grad school at another university, has downstairs large laundry unit, like I had in college, and one load runs $1.75 for washer and dryer each. Don't know how this figures in on your utility overages, but take into account the cost of laundry if you're pinching pennies. Guaranteed off street parking was a must for us with the snow, but could also be considered for safety, football weekends, etc.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 83,920 Forum Champion
    The Woodlands is a newish upscale complex so has DWs and in-unit DWs. Virtually all of the more modern complexes have DWs. Many have in-unit W&Ds as well.

    http://woodlandsoftuscaloosa.com

    The Woodlands 4 BR Flat
    $565
    Per Bedroom
    Per Month

    1,890 sqft
    Utility Package Available (call for details)
    FREE Hi-Speed Internet
    FREE Extended Cable
    Fully Furnished
    Features
    Full Kitchen with Bar Area
    Dining Room
    Living Room
    Individual Baths
    Washer & Dryer
    Electronic Key System
    Front and Back Porch
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