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Are you getting ready to transfer to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida? Congratulations! After a lot of hard work, you're ready to continue your education at another outstanding institution. At RentTally.com, we know that that you may be transferring from Florida State University to the University of Florida to continue your education. We've compiled a few tips to help ease your transition and plan your apartment search to set you up for success in your new community.
Tips for Finding Housing if You're a Transfer Student
Get to know Gainesville and the University of Florida
UF, located in what fans refer to as The Swamp, is a busy college town with plenty of school spirit (Go Gators!). As you start your search for an apartment near UF, spend time focusing your search on neighborhoods in the Archer Road, Midtown, and Sorority Row & South areas. To learn more about the unique features and highlights of each neighborhood, read through our Gainesville Neighborhood Guide. These three areas are closest to the UF campus and offer prime transportation routes on the RTS bus line, as well as plenty of bike lanes, to make for an easy commute, or even walk! Additionally, these neighborhoods offer plenty of student housing options. You'll be able to find an apartment to meet your needs that includes individual leases, student friendly entertainment and dining options, and a great nightlife. You'll be close to campus for the best events like Gator game day as well.
Best Time to Search for Apartments and Sign a Lease
RentTally.com has a complete guide outlining the Best Time to Sign a Lease. This guide will help you understand the best times to begin your apartment search, sign a lease, and narrow down your housing options. If you're planning to start school during the Fall semester, the best time to plan to sign a lease is between December through February for a Fall move-in. As a transfer student, there is a chance you might be moving into your new place during a Spring or Summer semester. If you're planning a move to start your program during the Spring, you'll ideally want to sign your lease between September through early December of the year prior to the Spring Semester. For a Summer start, plan to sign a lease during February or March.
Roommate Tips for Transfer Students
As a transfer student to UF, there's a chance you may not know other students in the community to share an apartment with. Don't worry! This is a great opportunity to take advantage of roommate matching programs that are offered at student apartments. You'll be able to share some information about yourself, such as hobbies and interests, and get matched with other roommates that are compatible. While you can always live solo in a one-bedroom apartments, you may desire the company of roommates. Roommate matching is a great way to begin meeting new friends in your new community. We also recommend looking for apartment amenities that offer organized resident events which are another great way to meet neighbors and new friends. And don't forget to step outside your comfort zone and get involved in campus activities that appeal to your interests.Start Your Search for Apartments near UF
If you're transferring to the University of Florida from FSU, these tips will prepare you for a great transition to apartment life in Gainesville.