Recent college grad moving to Tally – how much should I expect to pay for rent?

While the cost of living tends to vary, there are many affordable Tallahassee apartments for both college students and young professionals! It's important to start off on the right foot and part of this means choosing a home that is in an appropriate price range. A financial planner recently gave me some good advice: allocate 40% or less of your salary towards housing. In addition, try to save AT LEAST 10% of your earnings! Check out our FSU Cost of Living Guide for everything you need to know for budgeting for college life in Tallahassee. 

Living on a small budget doesn't mean you should settle. Find a home that fits all of your criteria. Be mindful of location, amenities and cost of utilities! You can definitely find quality apartments in Tallahassee that fit an entry-level budget.

One of the first things to consider is whether or not you want to live with other roommates. Living with roommates has several advantages, one being a cheaper cost of rent. Many communities offer free roommate matching services! All you have to do is answer a short series of questions and you're paired with other roommates who share similar interests or living habits. Living with other people can be a great experience! If you decide to share an apartment or home, it's always a good idea to set up a roommate contract. You should outline a set of expectations that all roommates will abide by.

The cost of utilities can add up! When searching for Tallahassee apartments, be on the lookout for whether or not things such as electricity, cable, water and trash removal services are included in the rent. Another thing to consider: does the home come with a washer and dryer? Or does the community have an onsite laundry facility? There's a good chance you'll be so busy adjusting to a regular 9-5 work schedule you won't have time (or money) to travel back and forth to a Laundromat.

Find apartments in Tallahassee that are close to your place of work. Transportation costs can easily add up! Tallahassee is a large city and commuting to and from work each day can be hectic and expensive. Don't have a car? Try and find a community close to a city bus route. Finding a home near dining, shopping and entertainment attractions will make your life that much easier!

Do you own a pet? Many Tallahassee apartments are able to house animals but know that communities sometimes charge additional fees for this privilege. Living on a limited budget can be difficult at times, but you should still be able to enjoy a number of amenities! Finding a community that features a fitness center can help save money – no need to pay extra for an expensive gym membership. Another tip: eat at home! Take advantage of having your own kitchen. Learn how to make your favorite meals and invite friends over.

Sit down and make a list of all the things you are looking for in a home. Research and visit communities in your price range – be realistic! There are plenty of wonderful homes in the Tallahassee area for young professionals. Living in such a big city offers tons of opportunities and I wish you the best of luck!

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