Tips for Setting Up Your Utilities in Gainesville


Living Room with Utilities

In General.

Remember that literally tens of thousands of people move into apartments in Gainesville during the month of August. The sooner you make your arrangements with utility companies, the sooner they will be able to hook up your service. Be patient… especially if you waited until the last minute.

Tips on Working With Cox Communications.

The secret to getting a great value with Cox Communications is taking advantage of one of their bundles. They provide phone, internet and cable, and you can get a significant discount by purchasing all three from them.

Setting up service online or at one of their Gainesville walk up locations is easy. First, though, you’ll want to check to see what your apartment is wired for and what is included. Then, you’ll enter your address into the form on their to see what packages are offered where you are renting. Requests are usually processed within two business days, so do your research in advance.

Cox is likely to run a credit check and charge to start services, depending on your situation. They also sell cable modems for Internet, although you can use one you already own. You can pay them to set everything up, but you should know in advance that if you do it yourself, they can charge you for troubleshooting or fixing your mistakes if everything doesn’t work correctly.

Tips For Working With GRU.

You’ll need the address of the location to start services, your social security number, your Driver’s License (and state), the date you want to start services and your bank account number. You should fill out an application for service at least one day before you need to move-in (preferably before that), and you can do it online. You can also call them or do it in person, if you really want to.

Setting up your utilities can be a bit expensive, especially if you don’t have credit history and/or account with GRU. You will have to provide either a security deposit or a letter of credit from a previous utility provider with a 24-month record. Your deposit will, eventually, be applied to your GRU bill; if there is any left (depending when you stop service), you’ll get the balance back. There are also “connecting fees” for starting service, which vary, depending what all you need.

Go to their Web site to set up service, pay your bill, check your consumption and for more info, including average utility costs for your new place from the past year.


Electric, Gas, Wastewater

Gainesville Regional Utilities
(352) 334-3434
301 SE 4th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601


Cable Television, Internet & Phone

(888) 269-9693
2418 N Main Street
Gainesville, FL 32609

(888) 269-9693
6020 NW 43rd Street
Gainesville, FL 32653


For Setup & Billing:
Gainesville Regional Utilities
(352) 334-3434
301 SE 4th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601

For Service Questions:
Alachua County Office of Waste Collection
(352) 338-3233
105 S.E. 1st Street, Suite 5
Gainesville, FL 32601

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