SailorMoon9543 wrote:General question: Do you think $680 is "too much" to pay per month for a one bedroom? Really close to law school (can easily walk). Trying to figure out if it's worth the extra $$ over three years.
It depends on what your budget/ needs are. I'm assuming you are talking about one of the 4 complexes on 34th St. Pretty much Camelot (aka el dumpo... apartmentratings.com says they have rats) and Hawaiian Village are the cheaper places and Cazabella and Point West are nicer (though certainly not luxury).
Based on the price, you are looking at Point West. I chose Cazabella because of the 4 complexes on 34th, it is the only one with W/D in unit (I HATE LAUNDROMATS) and is dog friendly (Point West is cat only). I think it is worth the extra $$$ considering the importance of a good night sleep (higher rents will keep most undergrads out) during the next 3 years. Point West is pretty nice though. Good luck!
I've never lived in Camelot, but I have friends who live there, and I've never heard any complaints. I live at Hawaiian Village, and I negotiated to have W/D hookups installed in the apartment, which is a HUGE plus. That, plus the fact they allow my 65lb lab and had (have?) the lowest cost apartments, were the deciding factors for me.
Camelot, Cazabella & Village 34 are owned by the same company. Point West is owned by the same people/company that own Picadilly (further south on 34th, heard some not so good things about that Picadilly, but few complaints at Point West). Hawaiian Village is owned by a company based out of Jacksonville, I believe.
All, except Point West, allow dogs.
Point West and Camelot have nice/pretty pools (I've never seen the one at Cazabella); Hawaiian Village's pool does the trick, but it's nothing fancy.
All have community laundry, except Cazabella, which did a recent remodel and put W/D in all units. At Hawaiian Village, it just depends on the individual unit.
Spending $680/month was more than I wanted to spend, and I think it's more than financial aid budgets for your housing costs, as well. Gainesville is the cheapest place I've ever lived, and because I'm a student - and can use that as my excuse - I decided to take full advantage. I think the saying is "live like a student now, or live like a student later."