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My daughter, a sophomore, moved from the dorm at Taylor Place to a 4-bedroom apartment at Roosevelt Point last August with her dorm mate and 2 other friends. The girls were all very excited about living together, and the fact that Taylor Place was brand new, furniture (especially bedroom and bathrooms) had never been used before. The management office was very friendly and professional and allowed the girls to choose which floor and location they wanted. Of course we checked the place out and were satisfied with the location and services available. The gym, open areas, pool, etc. are all very nice. Security was a concern, especially since it is a little longer walk to campus, but all the locks and keys are pretty much the same as Taylor Place, and my daughter's parking space is actually closer now. The biggest concern we had was that it is 4 separate leases and if one of the girls were to break her lease, management has the right to lease that bedroom to whomever they want. So far, so good, on that issue. Something else to be aware of is that even though utilities are included, they are limited to a certain amount on the electrical bill, I think they even have 4 separate meters. The girls did go over the first 2 months or so, and had to pay $75 each one month and about $40 each another month. Once the summer heat was over they've been okay. They really like cooking for themselves versus the meal plans they all had. My daughter even had a very convincing presentation to us to convince us that it saves us money over the dorms, with the meal plan and also the fact that it is a 12-month lease, so they can stay there thru the summer if they choose.
My daughter also does not like the meal options. She has been doing a lot of research and has come up with options that will save money over the dorms. I will get more details and post them. We are planning on going out for spring break and look at options with her.
I was in Phoenix this past week and toured Roosevelt Square, Roosevelt Point, The Met, and Skyline Lofts. These are all within a mile of campus. I would have my daughter live in any of these, from the standpoint of security and cleanliness. Skyline Lofts was probably the most expensive and couldn't guarantee availability outside of thirty days. Roosevelt Square and The Met are traditional-looking apartments with parking included in rent. Roosevelt Point is coming out number one for us since they will offer a lease now for August, includes utilities (so my daughter can budget more easily), comes furnished, and has apts with 3 and 4 bedrooms.
I would love to have her stay in the dorms for a second year but the food is the primary reason for her to leave. I agree with her decision, after seeing the food choices available during one week. It's unfortunate that ASU doesn't partner with the Nutrition major to offer healthier eating alternatives with M and G dollars.
My son will be a Junior next year. He has lived the past 2 years at Taylor Place, but wants to move into an apartment. He is not crazy about the food but has no complaints about the dorm. He is looking into Roosevelt Point. His only reason he gave me is "dorm life is getting old" I don't see it saving any money so we haven't made a decision as of yet, but everyone's input is helping. Thanks
I understand what everyone is commenting on about off campus housing. My son wants off campus as well. He is at taylor place and everything there is convenient for him. He has no complaints about the food and he has had no housing issues. It is simply, he wants to room with friends and save us some money. I don't know if this is the case with the rest of the parents and their students. Any feedback as to why your students want to leave dorm life?
My daughter will a sophomore next year (criminal justice) and she is looking for off campus housing. I appreciate reading all the comments on here, it is a help. I will post any information I come across. Look forward to reading any thoughts, ideas or suggestions on off campus housing.
Hi folks, I thought I'd pop in here and re-post Jacquie's housing renewal process note from the Class of 2017 page:
"I am here to clarify a few things about housing renewal. Students receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org (which is actually me) a few days before their renewal period is about to start. Once they receive that email, they will see they are given a specific date and time they are able to enter the renewal system. It is not the same place they made their application for their first year housing. I send them a follow-up email with the link to site for renewal. Then on their assigned date and time, they can enter the system and select their housing for next year. I also send one last email the day before their deadline for renewing their housing.
They receive a total of 3 emails from housing with their information. They will be given about 5 days to complete the process. This will allow them plenty of time to come to us with questions or concerns about their options."
For those of you with Class of 2017 students, that renewal window will be in mid-February; other classes will have slightly later dates. Hope this helps!
How does one submit a housing renewal application for Downtown? I only see Poly, Tempe, and West.
@ Debbie thanks for the clarification. Even though it might be a little cheaper, I guess you get what you pay for. The environment, proximity, food/meals, groceries and social aspects all plays in the factors too whether to live in Tempe or not.
Even though Yelp has only 1 bad review, can't help and scroll down further and see the over 43 reviews not recommended that are not factored in The Domain's 1 star rating... Yelp isn't the only site... apartmentratings.com also posts reviews too both good and bad. Hope that the domain, its management, security etc overall has changed for the better for everyone's sake. Glad it has worked for your son.
@Cathy, I just checked and it was Roosevelt Point that was $200 more a month. I know that Yelp has (1) bad review about the Domain. And, that is the only review on Yelp. Also, I find that people only tend to post bad reviews and not good reviews.
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