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University of Miami

Harrahs

Re: University of Miami
« Reply #360 on: May 24, 2005, 02:33:33 PM »
let me ask everyone this: just how much are you willing to spend on an apartment?  i understand that, if you are coming from a place where you are used to spending 1000 dollars rent, then a transition to a similarly priced apartment, or less, even, will not be that difficult to swallow.  however, i currently spend 630 for my studio in new orleans, and am looking to spend 900 for a place, tops.  linzy mentioned apartments with all the amenities in brickell going for 1000 -- a great deal -- however most of the places there that i have seen are advertised for considerably more than that; 1200 dollars for a one bedroom seems standard.

i find it ironic that some of the cheapest and nicest places advertised are on the beach.  i am ruling the beach out as an option first year, however.  i am going to look into south miami, into some of the areas immediately northwest of the school.  while they may not be considered traditional student housing, i have to try to minimize my future debt.

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Re: University of Miami
« Reply #361 on: May 24, 2005, 02:37:40 PM »
Hey DJ I might be intrested in that Apt., could you send me the info? Yea its crazy I spend $270 a month here in VA and I live in a brand new house with hardwood floors and a new kitchen. This whole $1,000 a month thing is scaring me.

Re: University of Miami
« Reply #362 on: May 24, 2005, 03:38:29 PM »
let me ask everyone this: just how much are you willing to spend on an apartment?  i understand that, if you are coming from a place where you are used to spending 1000 dollars rent, then a transition to a similarly priced apartment, or less, even, will not be that difficult to swallow.  however, i currently spend 630 for my studio in new orleans, and am looking to spend 900 for a place, tops.  linzy mentioned apartments with all the amenities in brickell going for 1000 -- a great deal -- however most of the places there that i have seen are advertised for considerably more than that; 1200 dollars for a one bedroom seems standard.

i find it ironic that some of the cheapest and nicest places advertised are on the beach.  i am ruling the beach out as an option first year, however.  i am going to look into south miami, into some of the areas immediately northwest of the school.  while they may not be considered traditional student housing, i have to try to minimize my future debt.

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There are only a few of places that are less then $900 (i'm talking about just rent, no utilities, cable, inet or anything like that) and they are not too nice.  Cloisters was right across from the campus and around $900 but I found it disgusting.  You will NOT find anything nice (or prob at all) in Brickell for $1,000, I don't care what the internet ad said.  If you find something for less than that there is a damn good reason (And it is prbably a chicken farm or a crackhosue).

Let me clarify, I am not used to spending $1000/month in rent.  I split the townhouse with two other guys so I was paying less than $700 with utilities.  What I am saying is that I planned on spending $1,000 a month here and haven;t found anything (at any price less than arouind $2000) that I would live in.   Well Im off to look around the beach and grab some dinner but Ill be back.

Re: University of Miami
« Reply #363 on: May 24, 2005, 03:45:26 PM »
Since I drive so much right now (3 hrs a day minimum), I might look in West Kendall as well, since you can find houses and apts there for less than Coral Gables, or so it seems. Will kill my social life I'm sure, but I'd rather drive a little and have an nice place vs. no driving and living in a ghetto place.
And opinions on W. Kendall? I'm sure it's suburbia to the extreme.

Re: University of Miami
« Reply #364 on: May 24, 2005, 03:54:40 PM »
hey jeff, if you are still down there, can you go take a look at townhouse apartments?  its down south in pinecrest, but its still very close to campus and it seems like one of the few reasonable places to live according to the apartment guide.  the guide lists rent at $750-825 which seems to be about as low as we are going to find without living in a shithole or being 20 miles from campus.

its on page 24 of the apartment guide, but heres the info if you dont have it with you:
Townhouse Apartments
8800 SW 68 Court
Miami, FL 33156
Phone: 305/667-4591 Fax:
Contact Person(s): Katherine Velazquez

thanks.

Re: University of Miami
« Reply #365 on: May 24, 2005, 05:16:00 PM »
Hm, I will admit I find some of this news a little scarey. I suspect that the place I put a deposit on must be a little "sketchy". It is less than $800 a month for something very close to campus. Still, I also think that you all have higher standards than me. I've lived in some pretty amazingly bad places in my time. Most apartments in the States are pretty nice when you get down to it. By nice, I mean that they have hot water, flush toliets and preferablly a shower or bath somewhere in the building (even if I have to share it with other people). A lack of deadly insects is also a plus. If I have these things, I'll be pretty happy. The only thing I do care about is safety. Anyone know what 59 Avenue in South Miami is like? I would like to find my car still present when I wake up every morning...

Re: University of Miami
« Reply #366 on: May 24, 2005, 05:16:44 PM »
Ok, my apartment is on biscayne bay blvd and rent starts at 900 something a month. Each floor you go up, the rent is raised $100. I currently pay $1159 for a 1 bdroom on the 16th floor and they charge me $40 a month extra for a dog. You can find places in Brickell for less then $1200, however, 1) you must do it early because they are the first to go, and 2) rent from a person who owns a condo in a brickell high rise, like someone mentioned before, private landlords do not have set prices and will be more flexible. ALSO some places in Brickell have move-in specials that give you 1 month free. If the rent is 1200 a month and you get 1 month free, then 1200/12 is 100 and your rent would only be $1100. My building is amazing.Most of the internet prices are not as they seem; they might be lower. Call the places and ask what is available. Two bedrooms in Brickell go for $2,000 or so and if you get a roomate, your rent will be $1,000 a month. But it's getting late, you are competing for places with undergrad students, grad students, and med students. They best and cheapest places are the first to go.

Harrahs

Re: University of Miami
« Reply #367 on: May 24, 2005, 06:00:28 PM »
Anyone know what 59 Avenue in South Miami is like?

when i went to miami two months back, i went to a friend's house who lived right on 57th avenue and west flagler.  he had a nice place: one bedroom, decent sized living room, new bathroom and kitchen, and parking lot.  the washer and dryer were on the side of the building, however i noticed that this is common for many places in miami.  he paid 725; i thought it was very reasonable.  plus, it's not that far from school -- shoot down 57th (fifteen minutes tops, no traffic) and you run into u of m.

my friend is cuban, and the area is nearly all latino, however if that doesn't bother you, i think the area is a good option.  while no one would ever say that saftey is overrated, i am used to living in inner cities (new orleans and sao paulo), so "sketchiness" is a relatively subjective term for me.  i'm very flexible, so i believe that i will have some options in my price range.

Ok, my apartment is on biscayne bay blvd and rent starts at 900 something a month. Each floor you go up, the rent is raised $100. I currently pay $1159 for a 1 bdroom on the 16th floor

sounds beautiful, and definitely reasonable for brickell.  so the apartments on the first fourteen floors are 900 dollars?

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Harrahs

Re: University of Miami
« Reply #368 on: May 24, 2005, 06:17:49 PM »
to change the topic a bit, has anyone sent in their final transcript yet?  also, do we owe a second deposit sometime in june?  i thought i remember seeing something about this.

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Re: University of Miami
« Reply #369 on: May 24, 2005, 06:20:23 PM »
i still havent graduated yet, so i wont be sending my final transcript for another 3 weeks. 

i dont think there is a second deposit.