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FAQ

What types of housing are available for students?

ON CAMPUS HOUSING

There are many options for students looking for housing and the first choice to make is on-campus or off-campus.  When you think of on-campus living the positives of being close to class, friends, and the dining hall can be outweighed by the prospect of living in a residence hall old enough to have housed your parents and sharing a closet-sized bedroom with a roommate who may have a totally different schedule and idea of cleanliness.

 

When choosing among off campus housing options students can select from traditional multifamily apartments, houses near campus, and student apartment communities.

 

TRADITIONAL APARTMENTS

Multifamily apartment communities have many advantages over on-campus housing, among them are greater space, amenities, and privacy.  Drawbacks include splitting utility bills with roommates and being on the hook for 100% of the rent, even your roommates portion.

 

HOUSES NEAR CAMPUS

Renting a house near campus comes with great freedom to host guests and entertain in your space plus the benefit of not sharing walls with neighbors however many of these houses near campus are not managed by expert property management firms meaning maintenance requests may not be handled quickly or professionally.

 

STUDENT APARTMENT COMMUNITIES

If you’re looking for a luxury apartment close to UCF, look no further than The Retreat. This innovative apartment community features amenities such as a large clubhouse, a sauna, a pool area and so many more great features to make your time at UCF a delight.  Along with these great amenities, The Retreat also has large, open cottage and the opportunity to live with others without sharing responsibility for one another’s rent. Schedule your tour today to see these everything The Retreat has to offer.

 

What is the advantage of an individual lease?

An individual lease provides you with your own separate lease agreement and responsibility for only your lease obligations.  By signing an individual lease, you and your guarantor avoid the hassle of being responsible if a roommate doesn’t pay their rent.

How can I connect with roommates?

Everyone is looking for something different in a roommate situation. On one hand, you and a group may have decided to find an apartment where you can live together. On the other, you may be eager to make new friends and meet new roommates. We can happily accommodate both scenarios. If you are looking for roommates, we offer a unique roommate matching service. We aim to pair students with similar interests using our perceptive roommate-matching questionnaire. The goal is always to blend similar lifestyles and preferences and create fulfilling friendships among residents.

Is there a professional support staff on site?

Preferred Campus Management leadership has combined property management experience totaling over 150 years.  Our size and experience aptly equip us with the people, resources, and power to run our communities at the highest quality standard.  Within our on-site leasing office is a full-time staff whose job is to facilitate the leasing process and manage the resident experience.  Our service personnel are a dependable and hands-on team dedicated to routine property maintenance and after-hours emergency calls. Residents are encouraged to make requests for maintenance assistance through the convenient online resident portal, by phone, or in person at the leasing office.  Many students also vie for positions as Community Associates at our communities.  Nicknamed “CAs”, students in this coveted role help with leasing, resident events, and administrative tasks.  They also serve as liaisons, providing genuine, consistent, and valuable feedback from the residents’ perspective.

Are there any additional features included in the rate?

Your monthly installment includes an all-access pass to The Retreat’s incredible amenities, resident events, and unrivaled service.  You’ll enjoy free parking, campus transit, and utilities included to a generous conservation cap.  Inside your apartment you’ll have an optional full furniture package, full size appliances including a washer and dryer, a private lockable bedroom and bathroom, and plenty of space to study and entertain friends.

What should I expect for move-in day?

Move-in day is always an exciting experience and with available fully-furnished apartments and no utilities to set up it’s easier than ever!  Preferred Campus Management has worked tirelessly to streamline the move-in day process and make it as easy for you as possible.  Simply come to the leasing office at your appointed time on move-in day with your ID to pick up your keys and get settled in.  Be sure to set up your SimpleBills account, bring proof of insurance and a check or money order for your first installment of rent and any applicable security deposits.  Pro tip: turn in those items ahead of move-in day to speed through the check-in process.  If you have questions on the insurance requirements or your rent or security deposit amount simply call the leasing office and one of our friendly associates will help.

How does an installment lease work?

Our lease term is approximately 11.5 months coinciding with the university’s academic calendar and the total rent for the year is based on that period of occupancy.  For your convenience the total balance of the lease is divided into 12 equal installments due at the first of each month.  These installments do not represent a monthly rent amount and are not prorated.

Why The Retreat?

Living at The Retreat offers the very best in student apartments near UCF. At no other community can you enjoy all of these benefits:

  • Orlando’s best amenities offer the ultimate opportunity to relax with friends and focus on both socializing and academics.
  • Cottage design offers more privacy and personal space without the noise of neighbors next to, above or below you.
  • No upstairs or downstairs neighbors to keep you up at night like in most apartment, flat or townhome buildings where paper thin floors and walls force you to hear every step.
  • Huge bedrooms, each with their own bathrooms, offer spacious walk-in closets, more room to study and your own personal space.
  • Open floorplans allow you to get together with friends in a fun and comfortable setting.
  • Video-recorded surveillance and the Schlage system mean added peace of mind and sense of well-being.
  • On-site property management provides community maintenance and resident assistance whenever needed.
  • The Retreat is a pet friendly community that offers expansive greenspace to exercise or play with your pet. And for those that don’t have pets, because of The Retreat cottage design, you don’t have to worry about your neighbor’s noisy dog keeping you awake at night.
How do lease guarantors work?

All residents are required to have a guarantor for their lease to financially guaranty the lease obligations.  The guarantor must meet minimum credit and income requirements and sign the guarantor addendum to the lease.  In the event a student cannot provide a qualified guarantor an additional security deposit will be required.

Do I need renter’s insurance?

Preferred Campus Management requires $100,000 in liability insurance coverage for each resident.  We have partnered with Multifamily Insurance Partners to provide the required liability insurance coverage to our residents at a very competitive rate, though you are free to select another vendor for the required liability coverage.  MFIP also offers renters insurance to cover residents’ personal possessions.  Contact our office for more information on these coverages.

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