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Housing Tips for Incoming FSU Law Students from a Student Ambassador – Florida State Law

While many of you may already be familiar with Tallahassee, there are plenty of new students who are not as familiar. As someone coming from out of state, one of the most daunting tasks for me was finding a place to live, so I wanted to write this post to help anyone who may be in the same boat.

The FSU Law student ambassadors have already created a nifty, “unofficial” housing guide, which you can find here:

Before we begin, here is a map of Tallahassee :

You will see FSU in the middle, and the College of Law is located across the street from the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center (this is where FSU Basketball games are held, as well as many other events). For those of you that haven’t visited the College of Law yet, the building is located slightly off main campus, so you don’t need to worry about fighting with the rest of campus for a parking spot.

There are great places to live all over town. You must decide on what factors are most important to you.

If proximity to school is the most important thing on your list when looking for housing, there are plenty of living options nearby. The majority of the housing that you will find near FSU, however, is student housing. Student housing will typically have nice amenities, including pools, gyms, and study rooms. Many student apartments also have the option of coming pre-furnished, so if you are coming to Tallahassee from far away, this may be a convenient option if you don’t want to bring or purchase furniture. Some student apartments that are featured on the housing guide include:

  • The Riley
  • The Catalyst Tallahassee
  • The Lofts on Gaines
  • Stadium Center
  • Redpoint Tallahassee
  • The Venetian
  • 601 Copeland
  • The Tallahassee Center

Since student housing is directed at students, however, most of the residents will typically be undergraduate students at FSU, FAMU, or TCC. If this is something you do not mind, then great!

As someone who spent the last 1.5 years in student housing, though, I can attest that it can certainly get noisy at times. These apartments range from a ten to twenty-minute commute to school but are generally quieter. These apartments are also not furnished. If you’d like to live in an apartment complex that is more geared towards working professionals, the housing guide also has plenty of great options, including:

  • Arbor View apartments
  • The Greens at Old St. Augustine
  • Blairstone at Governor’s Square
  • Capital Walk Apartments
  • The Paddock Club
  • The Preserve
  • Evergreens at Mahan
  • The Oasis at 1800

The Southwood area is also known for having particularly nice housing. Here is a handful of nice complexes in that area:

  • Capital Place at Southwood
  • Park at Southwood
  • Evergreen at Southwood
  • Twin Oaks
  • Apalachee Point

Finally, while apartment complexes do have their benefits, I’d like to touch on houses. Houses for rent are more difficult to come by than apartments, and while some are rented by large rental agencies, there are plenty of homes in the area that have private landlords. If you’d like a sizeable outdoor space or simply don’t want people living above and below you, a house may be a good option. While there are plenty of websites where you can peruse homes for rent in Tallahassee (Homes.com, Zillow, Trulia), I’ve found that Facebook yields the best results. Here is a list of Facebook groups that advertise housing:

While some of these groups do advertise subleases, I’ve seen a wide variety of housing options, including entire homes for rent, regularly pop up on these pages. I would like to give a special shoutout to the Facebook group “Florida State University Housing: Graduate Students and Postdocs.” This group is a great option for finding housing aimed at graduate students and/or for finding roommates who are in graduate school.

Finding Roommates:

Finding a roommate is one of the more common questions in regards to housing. If you are an admitted student looking for roommate(s), my first recommendation is to make a post on the FSU Law Admitted Students Facebook group, where you can connect with other students before school starts. I also encourage everyone to attend Preview Day, or any other law school events prior to school starting (keep your eye out on the Admitted Students page for upcoming events). Not only can you form new friendships that can last through law school and beyond, but it’s a great time to find potential roommates!

Lastly, if you decide not to live with other law students but would still like roommate(s), I recommend posting on the Graduate students Facebook group if you want to live with like-minded students. However, my closest friends in law school are people that I have lived with, so I would definitely recommend living with fellow law students if you are able!

You can also always live by yourself, and Tallahassee boasts plenty of studio and one-bedroom apartments. Law school can certainly be stressful, and I have spoken with many people who enjoy having a space to themselves where they can focus on school.

I hope this has been helpful, and I wish all of you the best of luck in finding a place to call home for this August!

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