7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving Off Campus In Tuscaloosa
Start writing a post

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving Off Campus In Tuscaloosa

Dorms are convenient and all, but living off campus has its advantages as well.

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving Off Campus In Tuscaloosa
Samantha Shinn

There is no greater feeling than signing your first lease for an apartment at college. So many new adventures ahead of you and now you have the freedom of being off campus. I have had the opportunity to live in three different apartment complexes' since starting college so I thought I would compile a list of things I wish I knew before signing my first lease.

Crimson Choice

Samantha Shinn

The way that the school lets us know that this apartment complex passed their criteria and is what they deem to be a safe living environment. It will be posted on the front door of the leasing office usually. Some apartment complexes have taken the sticker off due to renovations or re-negotiating their contracts but the best way to find a highly recommended apartment complex would be by asking around on campus.

Getting to School


If you don't have a car check and see if you are within walking distance of UA's campus or that your apartment complex provides a shuttle to school during the time you have classes. But if you do have a car then all you need to worry about is getting a commuter parking pass on the side of campus that all your classes on.

348 Ride

Samantha Shinn

UA's Crimson Ride stops running at 9 p.m. so if you plan on staying on campus later than that or want to hit the strip find out what you can do transportation-wise before signing that lease if you don't want to Uber or Lyft. See if 348 Ride reaches your apartment or just having to walk a little after being dropped off. Or maybe you will get lucky and your apartment will be running a night shuttle which usually will only be Thursday-Sunday.

Game Day

Samantha Shinn

When Saturday comes around, we all how crazy the traffic can get especially with certain roads closed off as you get closer to campus. See if the apartment complex provides a gameday shuttle so all you have to do is focus on getting ready to cheer on the tide. If you have a commuter parking pass you can park in the old rec parking lot for free but arrive early as parking is limited since many visitors park there for games as well.



The leasing office is mostly run by other students except for when it gets to the managers so if you want something done in the office go straight to the managers or to someone at the desk that knows what they're talking about. The leasing office is always hiring so if this seems like something you are interested in as well definitely contact the manager!



You can place a work order and it can take a week to have something fixed. What you consider as urgent may not be what their standard of urgent is. But other than that, try and build a good relationship with maintenance which may help you out in the end, who knows maybe you'll be able to leave your garbage bags outside your apartment door without getting fined!


Maggie Calderwood

It doesn't matter if you do random roommates or decide to live with friends there will always be disagreements especially when living in close quarters. There is no way to avoid it and my best advice is to talk things over before they get worse.

I hope that this list will make your transition off campus a little bit easier. Don't be afraid to ask around campus especially those students who are older about their living experiences as well!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

23 Pandemic-Approved Date Ideas That'll Send Sparks Flying From Six Feet Apart

There's a safe way to date right now and yes, it includes masks.


While some people would rather opt out of dating altogether during the pandemic so they don't have to wear a mask on a first date, others are choosing to listen to both guidelines and their heart in order to find love during the time of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Should you be one of the individuals welcoming romance right now, there are pandemic-approved dates you can go on that still adhere to guidelines (and yes, you'll have to wear a mask).

Keep Reading... Show less

I didn't believe the notification when it came through to my phone: Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died from complications due to cancer.

Keep Reading... Show less

In our patriarchal society, men hide from their feelings, but toxic masculinity is literally killing men. They swallow the pain and move on so that they can look, feel, and act "tough."

But, strength is derived from asking for help and voicing your struggle and, trust me, working on your mental health is one hell of a struggle. The real way to "man up" is to acknowledge the downfalls in unjust societal norms. Mental health problems do not mean that a man is weak, they are neurologically-based disorders that require professional treatment.

Keep Reading... Show less

11 Things Your Boyfriend Should Do Before He Drops $499 On A PS5

Let's start with spending less time gaming and more time with you.


Scrolling through Twitter this week had me rolling on the floor laughing as I read some of the hilarious tweets from ladies who, whether in a relationship or not, shared reactions to the news that PlayStation 5 is on its way

As this "buy your boyfriend a PS5" joke takes off across the internet, let's just say, there are a few things your BF should be doing before dropping $499 on the new gaming system — or, if the tweets are real for some, before you buy it for him as a gift.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

Sorry, But 'I Don’t Care About Politics' Is Not A Valid Excuse For NOT Voting

The younger generation of voters is so crucial to the upcoming election because our vote is going to shape the world that we are about to enter as adults.


When I ask my friends if they are voting this term most of them respond with "no" followed by an explanation of "I don't care enough," "It doesn't affect me," or "I don't keep up with politics," etc. I get it, as a college student I know that there are many other things to be concerned about like school, relationships, work, and friends. I also understand that keeping up with politics can seem like trying to keep up with an over-exaggerated reality show that has way too many seasons. Not to mention most news stations and websites are biased so it's hard to decipher if what you hear is true or fake.

However, despite all of this annoyance, as the next generation of Americans, we have to remember that we owe it to ourselves, our families, and to our futures to care.

Keep Reading... Show less
Tasia Sli

Tasia Sli and Anna Yang met in quintessential New York fashion at a chic rooftop event, inquisitive Yale grad Anna gravitating towards model/entrepreneur Tasia.

Keep Reading... Show less
Photo by Anna Hernández-Buces

"Do you have big parties on Cinco de Mayo?"

Keep Reading... Show less

Two of my favorite things in life are reading and books. Obviously, they go hand-in-hand. In my life, I've realized that there is nothing better than learning about the current world or getting fully immersed in another world. Reading can inspire, teach, and entertain you.

For me, the feeling of opening a book and smelling that fresh book smell can't compete with anything else.

Keep Reading... Show less

Expecting mother and wife to singer/songwriter John Legend may have accidentally slipped up and revealed the gender of her and Legend's third baby today on her Instagram story.

Keep Reading... Show less

20 Books About Latin And Hispanic Heritage Absolutely Everyone Should Have On Their Bookshelf

Any ally of the community needs to be reading these incredible reads.


I go through phases when it comes to what I like to read. I am typically reading two books at any given time: one serious nonfiction and one escapist fiction novel to have on hand and open up depending on my mood.

What remains consistent, however, amongst most of my fellow bibliophiles is a desire to try new and different authors and genres. I, as an Indian woman, have been partial to reading books written by fellow Indian and Desi writers since I first got a library card.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Asked 46 Women What They Thought About The Term 'Plus-Size', And Here's What They Had To Say

It's 2020, where change is inevitable and norms are not only questioned, but challenged.


We live in a world where it's become customary to push boundaries, break rules, and question standards upheld by society. Though try as we might, some of these standards are harder to conquer than others — body image is one of the top contenders.

For years, the body positivity movement has pushed for the acceptance of all marginalized body types not represented or celebrated in the media. Recently, we've gotten better at appreciating and accepting all body types, but one thing that's still lingering is the stigma of body image in the fashion industry — more specifically, the term "plus-size."

Keep Reading... Show less

Many popular TV shows are holding off premiers until spring, so most people are relying on their television subscriptions to get them through a socially distant fall semester.

Thankfully, Netflix was busy filming this past year because there is a ton of new original content coming in the near future. From mysteries to romances, here are some of the best new shows you have to check out this year:

Keep Reading... Show less

Taylor Swift Sang 'betty' At The ACMs And It Was The Perfect First Live 'folklore' Performance

I guarantee that Inez is spreading rumors about how fire this performance was.


The Academy of Country Music Awards were last night and the performances were wonderful, but Taylor Swift's live version of "betty" from her newest album "folklore" really took the cake for me.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

9 Reasons I Unfollowed All The Fitness Influencers On My Instagram Feed

I don't need to feel bad about myself because of who I follow on social media.


Throughout quarantine, something that a lot of us picked up on was working out. With all the free time, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to work on that "dream bod" you've been wanting for years, or to just feel good about yourself.

A common way to stay motivated and keep yourself on-task is to follow fitness influencers on various platforms. For some people, yes, this can be a healthy and helpful way to keep your drive. In other cases, however, this can do more harm than good.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments