Moving somewhere without your dog in Tallahassee is not an option - I completely understand. Luckily, you will find that many apartments near FSU are pet friendly and willing to provide a place to live for both you and your furry friend.
A great place to start looking for pet friendly places to live can be found here. From this spot, you can filter based on location to find a place close to FSU. You can also click the ‘+' next to ‘Student Housing Options' and choose ‘Yes' next to ‘FSU Apartments.'
You may want to think about looking for additional amenities that your dog would enjoy. Some places offer fenced in dog parks, dog runs, and even special stations to get bags to clean up during your dog walking. Even if there isn't a dog park on-site, you may want to see if there are any parks close enough to walk to and allow your dog to get plenty of exercise, especially if your dog is large and requires lots of activity. Franklin Pointe, Bainbridge Apartments, the Paddock Club, and The Preserve offer dog runs. The Preserve is also across the street from a dog park.
Most pet-friendly FSU apartments will require some extra money for your pet's stay. Usually, these charges come in two forms. One is a one-time pet deposit, similar to the security deposit you pay when you first move in. This may or may not be refundable, and may depend on if your pet causes any damages. A lot of landlords will also use part of this money to pay to have the carpets cleaned when you move out. The other way apartments may charge you is an additional amount added to your rent each month. This is usually not too much, maybe an extra $10 or $15 each month. You may be charged a one-time fee, a monthly fee, or both.
Many FSU apartments that allow dogs may also have some restrictions as to which dogs they allow. Sometimes there are breed restrictions and/or weight restrictions. If you don't have a dog yet, the most accepted types of dogs are smaller and not breeds typically thought of as aggressive. Smaller dogs are also usually happier living areas with less space to run. This is not always true though – some smaller dogs need a lot of exercise. To see which breeds do best in apartments, check out this list or this list.
Finally, be sure that your dog will be as prepared for your move as you are. Make sure his or her shots are up-to-date, and if you have been putting off spaying or neutering, get that done. Your dog will be exposed to many new pets and you will want to be sure both your dog and other dogs are safe from spreading diseases. Additionally, the confusion of moving can, at times, cause dogs to run away. Be sure your dog has a collar with your name and number in case this happens, and be extra vigilant during and after your move.