I am graduating from UF and will be moving from Gainesville to Orlando for a new job. Any apartment suggestions?

Relocating to a new place for a new job can be both exciting and intimidating all at the same time. You may be asking yourself, where do I start? The first, and arguably most important, step should be to evaluate your lifestyle and preferences. With four years of independent living under your belt, you now have a wealth of knowledge that you can use to your advantage in the hunt for your new Orlando apartment. Consider the things that will have a major impact on your day-to-day life, like your commute from home to work, the size and cost of your new Orlando apartment, and the amenities and features that'll make daily life easier and more enjoyable for you.

Budget-friendly Orlando Apartments

Before making any major decisions, it may be helpful to create a budget based on your new salary and monthly expenses. This will serve as a guide for choosing an apartment near Orlando that'll best match your needs without straining your finances.

While the bustling city of Orlando is well-known for its theme parks, close proximity to sandy, white beaches, and world-class shopping, it's also a popular destination for professionals, students and families alike. With such a diverse population and several distinct neighborhoods, Orlando offers a wide-variety of apartment options geared to meet the needs of nearly every lifestyle.

As you transition from Gainesville to Orlando, do keep in mind that apartments in the city will range significantly in price depending on location and amenities. As a newly minted graduate with impending student loans and a still blossoming career, you may want to start with cheap apartments in Orlando. There are several budget-friendly apartment communities in the area that offer great amenities and spacious floorplans at a price that won't break the bank.           


Determining the best geographical location for your new apartment is also significant. Aside from the cost of gas and maintenance for your car or a daily bus fare, a lengthy commute to and from work every day can be exhausting. After all, the less time you're stuck in Orlando traffic the better! Decide how far of a commute you're willing to commit to and limit your apartment search to communities within that range. Depending on your preferences, you can find apartments within walking distance of major attractions or nestled on the outskirts of the city in a smaller Orlando suburb.

In addition to distance from work, you'll also want to evaluate the atmosphere and characteristics of each Orlando neighborhood. If you're a rollercoaster junkie who plans on frequenting the theme parks, you may want to look for apartments near Disney, Universal Studios or SeaWorld. Alternatively, if you prefer a more quiet neighborhood among young professionals and families, you may find an apartment near Altamonte ideal. Here, you're still within close driving distance of the city without being right in the middle of the hustle and bustle.

Amenities and Features

One of the best parts of apartment living is the amenities and features. Now's your chance to compile a wish list including both your must-haves and the things you'd like but that aren't necessarily deal breakers. If you enjoy cooking and find yourself spending a lot of time in the kitchen, you may have your eye on stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. If you're looking for a relaxing escape after a long day at work, you may find an apartment with a pool or private patio most desirable. If comfort and convenience are what you're really after, then luxury apartments in Orlando are going to be right up your alley. While at first-glance luxury apartments may seem more expensive, they often provide several cost-cutting amenities which can include energy-efficient appliances, 24-hour fitness centers, all-inclusive options with utilities, in-unit washers and dryers, and business centers with free Wi-Fi.  

No matter what your living preferences are, you're sure to find your perfect new apartment in Orlando. With so many options at your disposal, it can be easy to get carried away and lost in a sea of possibilities. Keep your new job at the forefront of your mind and use it to help determine the best location and budget for you. Best of luck with your new job and welcome to Orlando!

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