SO, YOU THINK YOU WANT TO RENT A HOUSE?
THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR SEARCH
| GET YOUR GROUP TOGETHER
Be 100% certain that everyone in your group is on the same page. This includes your parents.
| DISCUSS YOUR BUDGET
Talk about pricing with all of your roommates and parents. Keep in mind that you also have utility bills each month. Also remember that the cheapest rent does not always mean cheapest over all. Some older houses have higher utility bills. TALK WITH YOUR PARENTS!
Do you want to be in “The Box?”
This refers to the near-campus area, with the “borders” loosely defined as west of Meador Drive, east of Queen City Avenue, north of 15th Street north, and south of Riverside Drive.
| ROOMMATE COMPATIBILITY
Many people simply assume that things will just work out. Talk about how you want to live. If you are a neat freak and your roommate is lax in the cleanliness department, this can cause tension and strain relationships throughout the course of a year.
Pets are not allowed in the majority of our houses. We do have some houses that allow them. Ask upfront about which houses allow pets. This is a serious issue that is strictly enforced. Pets have caused major problems between tenants and landlords and between roommates.
| AGE OF THE HOUSE
As we mentioned previously, many older homes are less energy efficient than newer homes. Keeping an older home cool in the summer or warm in the winter is likely to be more expensive than in one of our newer homes.
| BEDROOMS TO BATHROOMS RATIO
Does everyone in the house need their own bathroom? Do you mind sharing with the roommates? Move-in day is not the time to decide that you do not want to share a bathroom!
| COMMON AREAS
Do you plan on entertaining in the house or do you need just enough space for watching TV?
How many of you have a car in town? Are there enough spots for all of your cars?
We would like to think that we have a house that fits any of your needs. We have a number of great houses, large and small, on and off campus for leasing. Keep in mind that we start leasing in OCTOBER for the following school year! The more prepared you are ahead of time; the more likely you are to get the house that you’ve set your eyes on!
Here are some handy links and phone numbers you may need from time to time during your time in Tuscaloosa.
1 Stop Laundry
1300 Paul W Bryant Drive
A1 Alabama Key (Locksmith)
1419 McFarland Blvd., E
Alabama Power (Electricity)
915 Queen City Avenue
1 (800) 245-2244
Spire Energy (Natural Gas)
City of Tuscaloosa Water
2230 6th Street
Comcast/Xfinity (Cable/Internet Provider)
1451 Dr Edward Hillard Drive, Suite 100
1407 10th Avenue
(205) 758-5356 (FAX)
3801 Millcreek Avenue
Two Men & A Truck (Movers)
610 Skyland Boulevard East
1110 Jackson Ave.
Rumsey Properties makes every effort to provide our tenants with the very best in service.
You may request service via the maintenance request form for non-emergencies. Our 24-hour emergency service number is available to you.
For emergencies, please contact us at (205) 758-5371.
After leaving your message with our after-hours answering service, please submit a maintenance request via your online tenant portal.
- Major Flooding
- Major Plumbing
- Break Ins
For non-emergency maintenance, please submit a maintenance request through your online tenant portal. There is a link to log in found at the top of this page.