How do I find apartments near UNF?

Photo of Hunters Ridge at DeerwoodHunters Ridge is in the center of Jacksonville near major roadways and shopping malls.

I am sure by now your quest for UNF apartments seems almost futile and exhausting. Since Jacksonville is such a large city, many renters are easily deterred by laborious amount hours of research needed in order to find the perfect new home. To be quite frank, not many people even have the time to thoroughly compare and contrast each property they come across in order to determine whether it's a good deal, despite being assisted by Google. However, don't give up just yet, there are a few easy tips and tricks you can learn that will help you uncover affordable and convenient apartments.

Before beginning your search, it is important to note that the term “affordable” can range in numbers depending on the person. Try to sit down and determine what a “good deal” means to you. Does this mean renting a unit that is significantly lower than market value? Or does this mean moving into an apartment that is fully equipped with resort style amenities? Maybe you want to stay in a specific price range?

This brings us to our very first tip:

1. CREATE A PREFERENTIAL STANDARD

Before you wreak havoc on a search engine, sit down and write down things that are must have's in your new home. What are things you cannot live without? This can include a washer and dryer inside of your unit, being located next to campus, or even having a walk-in-closet.  Gaining an understanding of what your needs are can quickly help narrow down your search options.

2. CREATE A BUDGET!

Oh, this seems so simple. Yet, only 1 in 3 Americans actually create a detailed budget.  Creating a baseline budget is your biggest strategic gain in implementing a successful search for affordable UNF apartments. Know your spending limits, and understand that you must make certain sacrifices. Often times, properties located near academic institutions are quite accommodating to a student budget. There are many student-housing options usually around $400 a month. These modernized units include large closets, fully equipped kitchens, washer and dryers and furnished units. Although these types of deals usually include roommates, you will be able to enjoy resort style amenities while remaining financially stable.

3. STILL UNSURE? DO THE MATH.

Often times, many renters come to the point when they are stuck between choosing two different locations or just still cannot figure out whether their future new home is a "good" and "affordable" deal. If you find yourself relating to this tip, create a simple math equation. Some divide up the square footage by the amount of rent they are paying each month. Does paying $89 a square foot sound good to you, or would paying $50 a square foot sound less unjust?

Although many of these tips are subjective to one's own preferences, there are ways to objectively identify how to determine what UNF apartments meet your criteria as far as pricing concerns. Understanding what amenities you desire and what price range you need to stay in are often quick and easy ways to help you discover the perfect new home near school.

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