Choosing the Right Place to Live
Where and how you live will affect your daily life throughout the school year. Make a wise choice by considering the details, including:
- Transportation and walk or drive time
- Available and easily accessible shopping, eateries or banks
- Laundry facilities
- Noise in the area
- Safety and size of the residence
Before You Move In
Once you’ve found a place you’re interested in, consider the points below to decide if the place is right for you.
- Can you afford the rent?
- Is there a late charge?
- Is there a possibility of a rent increase during your lease?
- How long is the lease—7, 9 or 12 months?
- Does everything work properly?
- Is there security surveillance or a gate?
- How do you terminate the lease if circumstances change?
- How much notice do you have to give before moving out?
- Who pays for water, sewage and garbage?
- Any charges for overuse of utilities?
- Do you understand the requirements for a full refund on your security deposit?
Signing a Lease
Here are a few points to think about before you sign a lease:
- Read the lease carefully (and request a copy after all parties have signed it)
- Don’t sign a lease with blank spaces
- Don’t sign a lease you don’t understand
- Ask to see your specific unit or residence—the quality of your unit is not represented by a model unit
- Obtain in writing all additional agreements with management
- Walk through the residence with the landlord or staff and record all damage at that time, no matter the size
- Never pay your deposit (or your rent) in cash
Breaking Your Lease
Know the details of your lease agreement as there are often fees, paperwork and a process to break your lease. Breaking your lease isn’t your only option, and SNR wants you to understand what to do. If breaking your lease is not an option for you, you can:
A sublease is an agreement between you, your landlord and another person who rents your residence from you. This can be a difficult and time-sensitive option, and you will still be responsible for the rent and any damages to the residence. If you need assistance, contact your property manager. If you want to sublet your residence, you can post a listing on our Web site.
It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes a landlord will “re-lease” you from your lease obligations. You’ll still need to find someone to rent your apartment. SNR can help you find someone.
There are often fees involved with sub- or re-leasing.
Tips on Finding a Roommate
Having a roommate cuts down on the costs and responsibilities of off-campus living. Student apartment communities will find a roommate for you if you can’t find one on your own. If you do find a roommate on your own, look for someone with similar habits.
Here are a few tips on finding the right roommate:
- Be patient and careful—don’t make any impulsive decisions
- Check their credit and do a background check, if appropriate
- Bring a friend and meet in a public place—never go someplace alone or private
- Call us if you need help
Moving in With Your Roommate
Once you’ve chosen a roommate and you’ve moved in, continue to protect yourself. The following tips should help you if you are living in a conventional apartment:
- Arrange to pay the landlord directly, if possible
- Pay with a check or money order if your roommate collects the rent—never in cash
- Inquire about signing separate leases—your landlord may oblige
- Avoid co-signing for a roommate—have their parents co-sign
- Keep your room locked and valuables safe at all times
Transportation & Parking
Getting around on and off campus is pretty easy, whether or not you have a car. UCF has a number of options, including:
On-Campus Shuttle Service
You can travel throughout the campus on the shuttle bus. The bus schedule is Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is free for UCF students.
Off-Campus Shuttle Service
If you need transportation to and from your apartment community, and you live near the university, you may have access to the off-campus shuttle. Busses make round trips to and from campus Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and are free for UCF students. For more information, visit the parking services Web site at www.parking.ucf.edu.
The Lynx bus operates in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties, and has extensive routes throughout the tri-county area. For more information about routes and times, visit www.golynx.com.
Student Government Association has partnered with Lyft and is proud to provide students with safe, reliable, and free transportation. For more information, visit ucfsga.com/services/lyft.
You’ll need a permit to park your car or motorcycle on campus. While it doesn’t guarantee you a parking space on campus, it does allow you to park in designated lots. UCF also has metered parking spaces. You can park your bicycle on campus free of charge. For more information on parking, visit www.parking.ucf.edu.
If you’re moving from another state, consider whether or not you’ll keep your out-of-state license plate or get a Florida plate. If you plan to stay in Orlando long-term, it’s best to change your license plate, driver’s license and car insurance.
Note: Florida does not have mandatory car inspection. For more information, check with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles at www.flhsmv.gov
Housing and Residence Life
If you’d like to get more information about living on campus, visit the Department of Housing and Residence Life at www.housing.ucf.edu