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    Mountain View
    5050 Cypress Creek Ave. E., Tuscaloosa
    • Studio
      $539
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    • 1 Bedroom
      $625
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $769
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    • 3 Bedrooms
      $859
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    Regal Pointe
    5001 Cypress Creek Ave. E., Tuscaloosa
    • Studio
      $539
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    • 1 Bedroom
      $684
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $754
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    • 3 Bedrooms
      $859
    (205) 409-2096
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    Heights at Skyland
    4527 18th Ave. East, Tuscaloosa
    • 1 Bedroom
      $519
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $619
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    (205) 556-4700
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    High River Apartment Homes
    1900 Rice Mine Rd N, Tuscaloosa
    • 1 Bedroom
      $665
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $787
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    • 3 Bedrooms
      $944
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    (205) 349-2200
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    1903 6th Avenue
    1903 6th Avenue, Tuscaloosa
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $995
    (205) 824-5008
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    502 16th Street Unit 6
    502 16th Street Unit 6, Tuscaloosa
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $1,650
    (205) 824-5008
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    9920 Old Greensboro Rd
    9920 Old Greensboro Rd, Tuscaloosa
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $650
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    3322 46th Place East
    3322 46th Place East, Tuscaloosa
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $995
    (205) 824-5008
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    917 Homewood Drive Unit 4
    917 Homewood Drive Unit 4, Tuscaloosa
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $2,100
    (205) 824-5008
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    1410 9th Avenue Unit 11
    1410 9th Avenue Unit 11, Tuscaloosa
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $2,100
    (205) 824-5008
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    5901 Old Buttermilk Rd
    5901 Old Buttermilk Rd, Cottondale
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $925
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    1907 6th Avenue
    1907 6th Avenue, Tuscaloosa
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $995
    (205) 824-5008
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    125 Kicker Rd NE
    125 Kicker Rd NE, Tuscaloosa
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $600
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    Forest Lake Dr
    Forest Lake Dr, Tuscaloosa
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $2,025
    (205) 554-1792
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    Tamaha Trce NE
    Tamaha Trce NE, Tuscaloosa
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $595
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    919 Greensboro Ave
    919 Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $1,470
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    Hargrove Rd E
    Hargrove Rd E, Tuscaloosa
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $480
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    Aspen Village
    2201 48th St., Tuscaloosa
    • 1 Bedroom
      $549
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $639
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    • 3 Bedrooms
      $769
      +
    (205) 409-2457
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    Stone Creek
    5100 Old Birmingham Hwy., Tuscaloosa
    • Studio
      $555
      +
    • 1 Bedroom
      $638
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $808
      +
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $967
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    (855) 246-3966
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    120 15th St E
    120 15th St E, Tuscaloosa
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $640
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1. Choose your stomping grounds.

Apartments are plentiful in every area of Tuscaloosa, and many offer similar amenities, so target your neighborhood first and your apartment second. Tons of cheap ($500-$600) rentals can be found within walking distance of campus, but don’t expect to be blown away by their size or amenities. A bit further from campus is the mixed-use Midtown Village area, where some chic, spacious lofts have sprung up in recent years, offering a viable alternative for students who appreciate a bit more leg room and quietude in their living quarters.
Of course, not everyone in Tuscaloosa is a student (a variety of manufacturing, industrial, automotive, and healthcare job opportunities continue to draw a diverse workforce to the city), and many residents prefer to stay as far from the Crimson craziness as possible. Fortunately, neighborhoods like Hillcrest, Woodcrest, and the rural areas surrounding Lake Tuscaloosa serve up a variety of quality rentals as well.

2. Determine your budget.

This is an obvious enough task, but something to keep in mind when calculating your monthly expenses is that Tuscaloosa is hot and humid from roughly late April through early October, meaning tenants inevitably rack up some steep A/C bills during these months ($80-$120 a month, depending on just how arctic you prefer your temperatures). Crime is generally mild in the city, but campus area apartment dwellers are occasionally victims of petty theft, so we recommend investing in renter’s insurance (which costs less than $20 a month) to protect your belongings (like those Lady Gaga CDs you’ve been hiding from your friends out of sheer embarrassment) in case of theft, fire, flooding, or spontaneous combustion.

3. Arm yourself.

With credentials, that is. Apartment managers in Tuscaloosa typically require a good faith move-in deposit (usually equivalent to the first month’s rent) as well as proof of income and banking info. Chances are, you’ll have to fill out a list of previous residences on your leasing application, although property managers these days rely more on background/credit checks than the information you provide anyway. If you’re a student with no source of income, no bank account, and no credit (we’re going to go out on a limb and say you’re not exactly lighting the lamp in the girlfriend department, either), you’ll need a co-signer to help score your dream pad.

4. Bring your party hat.

Or just a regular hat will be fine. Or no hat at all. In fact, just forget about hats. Headwear is beside the point, T-Towners. What we’re getting at is, Tuscaloosa is a bona fide Party Central (yep, with capitals) that’s habitually ranked among the nation’s top party cities. The Strip on University Dr. near campus is dotted with bars, while the downtown district features a smattering of sports pubs, live music venues, clubs, and other assorted watering holes. Whether you’re a keg-chugging college student or a martini-sipping sophisticate, you’ll find more than a few late night hotspots that suit your tastes.

5. Say hello to Mother Nature.

Living in Tuscaloosa means spending a lot of time outdoors (and not just on the Quad on game day). The city is home to numerous art, music, and ethnic festivals and parades during the summer and autumn months and also boasts a 60-acre arboretum and multiple lakes, parks, and trails. As for the occasional rainy day, you can always hit up one of the numerous history or art museums the city has to offer.

6. Bring your wheels.

The university operates an efficient (and free) shuttle system that transports students and faculty all across the vast ‘Bama campus, while a few of the pricier apartment complexes offer complimentary shuttle service to tenants as well. Unfortunately, the city’s public transportation system is far less advanced and consists of a meager (at best) bus/trolley service that hardly anyone uses. Like most cities, Tuscaloosa sees its fair share of rush hour traffic (game days are particularly horrific for gridlock), but after a while, you should be able to figure out (as long as you’re not too hung over from all those cherry bombs at the Houndstooth the night before) which roads to avoid and which offer the best shortcuts.

7. Don’t assume your new apartment is ready for you.

Property managers generally do their best to make sure your new digs are in top-shape before handing you the keys, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t missed something. Before moving in, check your appliances, pipes, showerheads, sinks, and toilets for leaks and drips and make sure your water pressure is adequate. Check to see that your windows and doors lock properly, your light switches and outlets function, and your ceilings and walls are free of watermarks and blemishes. Also, turn on your furnace and air conditioner to verify they work properly. If something major is wrong, don’t move anything in until the issue is resolved.

8. Scout it out.

The best way to find out whether or not a neighborhood and an apartment complex is a good fit for you is by visiting it yourself and seeing with your own eyes if you’re comfortable with its atmosphere and amenities. Tuscaloosa is generally a safe city, and violent crime is rare (especially around campus), but, like any city, Tuscaloosa has its problem areas. Certain areas of southern Tuscaloosa have seen an influx of crime in recent years, so especially if you’re moving to this area, scope it out in advance to see if it’s a good fit for you.

9. Examine your lease.

Different property managers have drastically different rules regarding pets, roommates, visitors, and whether or not Auburn fans are allowed to rent there, so read your lease carefully before signing it. Remember that once you sign a lease, you’re locked into it for its duration (as long as your landlord doesn’t violate his/her part of the agreement), so don’t sign your John Hancock until you’re completely sure you’ve found the perfect place.

10. Leave the stereotypes behind.

Even in the 21st century, a lot of outsiders still believe Alabama is populated by a bunch of overall-wearing, tobaccy-chewing, shirtless tee-shirt-sporting bubbas who blare “Freebird” from the speakers of their dirty pickup trucks all day then go home and watch Dukes of Hazard reruns all night. Such stereotypes might make for a good bit of Blue Collar Comedy humor, but they don’t reflect what life’s really like in Tuscaloosa in the slightest. Just saying.

And now it’s time to scour the Yellowhammer State for the most dynamite apartment deals on the market. So happy hunting, welcome to Tuscaloosa, and “Roll tide, baby!”

-By Kera Zacuto

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