« on: May 02, 2005, 12:13:22 AM »
From what i have been experiencing looking at places i'll give you guys some heads up:
Kendall - not so safe. There is a reason why this area is cheaper. Traffic is bad and it will take you forever to get to school.
Coral Gables- Close to school. Some of the places are nice, but outrageously priced. That stupid online apartment guide from the website- prices have gone up even higher than is written in it. I found a condo to rent near school, its small and expensive but its close to school and i convinced the owner to allow my dog. I think i might sign the lease tomorrow.
Brickell- ten minute drive to campus. Nice safe secure buildings. Look online at condocommando.com or something like that, or apartmentguide.com. They have the pictures and phone numbers of these buildings and floorplans, etc. Most of these places ask for a $200 non-refundable application fee just to get on the waiting list. I found a nice place on the bay but it is really expensive, like $1200 a month. I am on the waiting list and they probably wont tell me until last minute if they have a unit available for me - IF they have a unit available. I dont want to wait until the last minute to get a place. I'm moving from Michigan and I dont want to be coming down here with my whole life packed into boxes without a place to live.
South Beach- further away from school and even more expensive. Studios start at $1050 a month.
Honestly I am used to high rent prices - I lived in ann arbor and the prices are outrageous, but this is worse. Do not expect to find a decent place for less than $800, unless you get a roomate. I am assuming most of you are living alone like I am. Don't just take my word for it though, really look around. I am so tired of calling places and dealing with these leasing offices. They are really busy right now and have bad attitudes.
If you are expecting to find a place close to school I encourage you to look now. Keep in mind that there is a huge amount of undergraduate, graduate, and MBA students looking for places all at the same time in the same areas. I dont want to stress anyone out now, but then again, if you wait until the last minute you will be stressed out when you do it.
HOWEVER, a LOT of places, especially in Brickell, told me that they will not know what is available to rent in july and august until two weeks before that time. They do not require their current tennants to notify them of lease renewals until 30 days in advance. This means that a lot of places could/will have openings for rentals, but you will have to wait until the last minute. So those of you that wait until the last minute will get places, dont worry. It just might not be the nicest or cheapest or closest to campus that is out there.
Personally I like to do things ahead of time, but maybe it is smart to wait. All I know is that the places directly across from campus are already filled for next year, with waiting lists 30 people long. So obviously a lot of people are looking in advance.For example - University Inn is directly across from campus. It is in a safe area, super close to school, and it is really nice. There is a gate to park and security to get into the building, but a one bedroom apartment is renting for $1395!!! I think that is completly outrageous, especially because it is only 600 square feet.
I hope this helps, but I dont want to stress anyone out.