I am bringing my dog with me when I head off to college. What are some amenities I should look for when searching for an apartment near FAMU?

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Living on your own for the first time can take some getting used to, but there are ways to ease the transition like bringing along your furry, four-legged friend. Many apartments near FAMU welcome pets and even offer amenities specifically for pets and their owners. If you plan on living alone, Spot can help you feel secure in your new surroundings and provide some company for when you're feeling a little homesick. When looking for the best apartment near FAMU for you and your furry friend, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

Pet Friendly

The most important thing is that your FAMU apartment is pet friendly and accepts the type of pet you wish to bring, whether dog, cat, fish, or bird. Luckily, there are loads of apartments close to the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University that allow pets. Most of these communities will require a pet deposit up front. This deposit is usually refundable as long as your pet hasn't caused any damage, including scratching or chewing and carpet stains. Make sure to ask if there is an additional monthly pet fee on top of the initial pet deposit. Another thing to consider when searching for a pet friendly FAMU apartment is breed and weigh restrictions. While restrictions vary from community to community, the breeds typically restricted are those considered "aggressive breeds" such as Pit Bull, German Shepherd and Rottweiler. Typically, residents are limited to two pets or less. It's important to do your research before moving day, so you can make the best decision for you and your pet.

Clean Up Stations

One of the biggest responsibilities of owning a pet is cleaning up after them, whether it be picking up toys around the apartment or cleaning up their waste when they use the bathroom outside. Apartment communities that are pet friendly often offer pet clean-up stations as an amenity, making it easy to dispose of their waste right then and there. How many times have you walked your dog and realized you forgot to bring pet bags to clean up after your pet? With pet clean up stations outside your FAMU apartment, you will never have to worry about forgetting again. These stations have everything you need, doggy bags and even a waste receptacle to dispose them in. Walking your dog is easier, and better smelling, when you don't have to carry around a waste bag! A good way to get on your neighbors' bad side is leaving unpleasant surprises in the grass for them to step in, not to mention you could be charged a fine for leaving your pups waste in public areas.

Dog Parks

It's not good to keep your pet cooped up in an apartment all the time, luckily for you several FAMU apartment communities offer dog parks. Dogs need exercise and a little bit of fun now and then just like us humans, so having a dog park close by can come in handy when you and your four-legged friend need some fresh air! Not only can your dog make new friends, but you can too! If your furry friend is shy around other dogs, check out FAMU apartments with nature trails. Some communities offer designated trails for resident use, these are more convenient and often a safer alternative when it comes to walking your pooch. Trails can be paved or unpaved, but both types are usually lined with trees and other foliage so you get a real outdoors feel.

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