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Old 05-03-2011, 03:21 AM
 
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Hi,

We are two 23 year old students visiting the Orlando area next week from May 9th-16th. We are coming to take a look at the UCF Campus and the surrounding area. We have never been to Florida and could use some advice...

What are the safer, nicer areas fro students to live in close to campus?
What is the average price for a decent 1br/1 ba apartment?
Is the income requirement 3 times the rent as in other states?
Which apartment communities would you recommend looking at?
I guess sitting down with a reliable realtor would be best. Do you have suggestions for a person that can help us make a smooth transition?
Also, how hard/easy is it to get part-time jobs in the area?

If we like the area we plan on moving around January 2012 so somebody trustworthy that would give us information and listings a few months before we move would be great! Of course we would be willing to pay a fee!
Thanks in advance for you help!
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:34 AM
 
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Hi,

We are two 23 year old students visiting the Orlando area next week from May 9th-16th. We are coming to take a look at the UCF Campus and the surrounding area. We have never been to Florida and could use some advice...

What are the safer, nicer areas fro students to live in close to campus?
What is the average price for a decent 1br/1 ba apartment?
Is the income requirement 3 times the rent as in other states?
Which apartment communities would you recommend looking at?
I guess sitting down with a reliable realtor would be best. Do you have suggestions for a person that can help us make a smooth transition?
Also, how hard/easy is it to get part-time jobs in the area?

If we like the area we plan on moving around January 2012 so somebody trustworthy that would give us information and listings a few months before we move would be great! Of course we would be willing to pay a fee!
Thanks in advance for you help!
I would perhaps steer clear of many of the apartment complexes near campus as they tend to be kind of loud and have had crime issues in recent months.
Look a few miles out from campus at apartment complexes in Oviedo, which is a safe area with a more well-rounded demographic...you'll find some students but without the "student ghetto" feel.

My understanding of income qualification is that it's waived for students but they may require a large deposit, each rental company has it's own policies. Realtors don't handle rentals here unless it's for a private home or condo unit. Check out Apartments.com/Rent.com or Craigslist. Decent one bedroom units tend to start around $700 a month and most seem to be in the $750-$800 range.

Part time jobs are becoming increasingly easier to find if one isn't too selective. The area has a lot of part-time retail/restaurant positions that have seemingly opened up as of late.

I don't think you'll need anyone on this end helping you out if you perform due diligence on the internet. The only hurdle you'll have is finding an apartment from long distance but if you narrow your search to a few properties you can probably plan on a few nights in a motel upon arrival and making your choice in a day or two. You would of course have to coordinate with the apartment communities to make sure you're seeing units that are available immediately.

Good luck!
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