The types of available student housing options available to you when attending the University of Georgia in Athens will depend on several factors. It can depend on what year of college you are in, your budgetary restraints, personal tastes and desires of parents and students, and whether you will have roommates or not. It also can depend on location, amenities desired, and security concerns. Let’s take a look at some of your choices.
Is This Your First Year Attending UGA?
If this is your first year attending the University of Georgia in Athens, you will likely be required to live on-campus. This still gives you more options than you may think, with some 27 different Halls, Buildings, Villages and more on-campus. Nine of these are for first-year only students. Most are co-ed and many have visitor restrictions, especially during the week. If you will be 21 or older when attending UGA for your first year, you have the ability to live off-campus. There are also some other waivers available to this on-campus living restriction and you should contact the University to learn more about these exceptions.
What is your Budget?
Many parents and students may feel like they need to find the lowest monthly rent possible, without fully considering other factors. This can limit your options. These factors can include transportation expense, entertainment costs, utility expenses, and the impact roommates can have on getting higher quality living space for a more affordable price. If an apartment community has amenities like a pool, basketball court, game room or fitness center, for example, students will spend more time closer to home, and less money outside of the community. An off-campus community close to UGA allows students to walk or cycle to class, saving both time and money. Utility expenses can be particularly high in some older apartment communities or multi-unit homes where insulation, windows, and heating and cooling systems may be outdated and inefficient.
Available Student Housing Options to Fit Desires of Parents & Students
Students and parents may have far different views of what makes appropriate student housing. There are some general areas where both can agree. One is that both usually want an environment that is conducive to learning. Parents and students will both likely have security concerns, and want a community that is limited access. On-site management can be a plus as can convenient parking. It can be helpful for parents and students to first decide on what they both agree is important in student housing before going “shopping” for living space.
The Various Types of Available Student Housing Options
As a college community, Athens affords students a wide choice of off-campus available student housing options. These include large, older homes that have been converted to student housing. There are apartment communities specifically for students. There are privately owned homes for rent to students and there are modern, more luxurious available student housing options. For the fall of 2017, one such upscale living choice, The Mark, will open to students for the very first time.
The Mark: Luxury Student Housing at Its Best
When The Mark first opens its doors for fall classes in 2017, it will debut with an impressive array of amenities to create an almost perfect learning environment. Floorplans have a private bath for every bedroom. Apartments have stainless steel appliances, upgraded countertops, in-unit washers and dryers all that are stylishly appointed. The Mark abounds in shared amenities as well, like a dramatic rooftop pool and sundeck, fitness center, racquetball and basketball courts, a game room with a golf-simulator, community-wide Wi-Fi, private group study areas, free suntanning and a self-serve Starbucks coffee shop.
The Mark is a limited access student housing community, steps away from the UGA campus. It has private parking available and on-site management. With a roommate matching service, The Mark may be more affordable than you may first think. Leases are signed on an individual tenant basis. This means each resident is protected by only being responsible for their share of the lease.
While The Mark has yet to make its debut, apartments are already filling fast. The Mark has quickly sold out on three and five bedroom options, but one, two and four bedroom student housing choices are still available. Don’t wait however. The 2017 Fall school year is just months away. We encourage you to take a virtual tour of our available student housing options and get the application process started today. Be one of the first to experience college living on a new level of luxury at The Mark. The Mark is the Official Off-Campus Housing Partner of University of Georgia Athletics.