Congratulations on your new UCF Apartment! Now that you’ve found your dream place through our search, we’re here to help you get ready for move-in day and settle into your new home. Move-in day can be stressful, so let’s help streamline the process with this simple checklist:
Sign your lease and finish all paperwork
Your apartment lease contains a lot of important information including parking rules, pet restrictions, and even what infractions can get you evicted. This document outlines regulations that you and the apartment management need to follow throughout the period of the lease. That’s why it’s important to not only sign but fully read the lease in preparation for move-in day. A helpful tip is to keep a safe copy of the lease to go back and reference when you have questions. The lease will also help with move-out procedures when it’s time to leave your apartment, so it’s good to always have it easily accessible.
Prepare a budget
Moving into your new UCF off-campus apartment can come with a few additional expenses including utilities, a security deposit, a pet deposit, furniture, and more. It may be helpful to set up a simple spreadsheet outlining all the extra costs, so you can keep track of everything that you need and stay within your budget. Make sure that you don't overspend and have a safety net if something were to happen.
Shop for essentials
It’s a great idea to stock up on some essential household items before you get to your apartment. Here’s a list of some things you may need to purchase before move-in day:
- Bedding (Pillows, Comforter, Sheets)
- Kitchen Utensils
- Cleaning Supplies
- Coffee Maker
Check with your apartment community to see what is already provided, for example, some apartments come with basic furniture that you won’t have to bring on your own. The less you have to buy the better, so ask family and friends if they have anything laying around that they would be willing to give you, you never know what they might come up with. Another pro tip is to check out thrift stores or garage sales to save while finding items. Many stores also offer a student discount for apartment necessities so check where you can use your student ID to save before you shop.
Move-In day prep
Once you receive your move-in date, you can start to plan for the big day ahead. There's always the choice between professional movers and enlisting friends and family to help get you settled into your new place. Either way it’s important to stay organized. Try to group all your belongings into categorized boxes. Use smaller boxes to keep items undamaged and easy to carry upstairs. An expert tip is to separate out some items that you may need on the first day, so you'll be all set while unpacking your things.
Inspect your apartment
On or shortly after you move in its important to make sure to evaluate the apartment conditions in all of the rooms. This will ensure that you aren't charged for damages when you move out that you were not responsible for. Thoroughly note anything so the apartment management can assist as quickly as possible. Some things to look for are broken appliances, wall damage, and more.
Make your place feel like home
This is your space so be sure to add all the homey touches that make your new lease feel comfortable and personal. An apartment should be a place that you always want to be! Bring some photos of friends and family or decorations that you love so the apartment is truly unique to you.
We want to help make your move-in day as successful and stress-free as possible. If you follow these tips, you’ll be fully prepared to settle into your Orlando Apartment. This day is so important because it’s the beginning of your time living the apartment lifestyle. A great apartment will set up students to have a great year and make so many memories as a Knight.« Back: UCF Student Guide