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Moving from home to Bama can be overwhelming, no doubt. That’s why we have a collection of tips and resources to help first- and second-year University of Alabama students make their experience here legendary! By students and for students, this guide for UA students touches on excelling in your studies, having a great night out on The Strip, and much more. Trying to find a Tuscaloosa apartment to make your Bama experience all that it can be? There’s plenty on that too. We hope that this guide will help you settle in and make the most of your time at UA in addition to succeeding in your academics. Roll Tide!

Your Search for Apartments near UA

Apartment hunting in Tuscaloosa is a lot less stressful and a lot more exciting when you have some knowledge going in. From common questions to finding the perfect community, we have you covered.

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Find Off-Campus Housing near the University of Alabama

There’s plenty of options for off-campus apartments in Tuscaloosa. Narrow the search by price, location, and the features you’re looking for!

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By the Bed vs By the Apartment

“By the bed” and “by the apartment” are the two most common kinds of lease. Get an idea of what these two different types of leases are all about and which one is better for you.

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Best Time To Sign A Lease

When starting your apartment search, getting the timing right is everything. It’s important to be prepared and to have your questions answered before coming to the deadline for signing a lease at Bama.

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Safety Features To Look For

Safety is super important when living in a UA off campus apartment. Here are some of the most common safety features in Tuscaloosa's apartment communities. 

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The On Campus vs Off Campus Debate

Deciding on whether to live on or off campus is a difficult decision and depends mostly on your lifestyle. Learn about the pros and cons of both to help inform your decision. 

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What Neighborhood Should I Live In?

Coming from living in a University of Alabama dorm, you may be unsure of where to live in Tuscaloosa. Check out what each neighborhood is like and make an informed decision of which is right for you.

Moving Into Your Tuscaloosa Apartment

It’s time to take the next step in preparing your new home in Tuscaloosa- actually moving in. Getting ready for apartment life can be overwhelming for anyone. Check out some of the advice below on how to make your Bama apartment a home away from home and make move-in day a breeze!

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Tips for First-Time Renters

When you’re responsible for your living situation, there’s a few things you should know before moving in. Once you’re moved in, it’s a good idea to be familiar with how to pay rent, call maintenance, and more.

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Getting a Storage Unit in Tuscaloosa

Moving out for the summer? Here’s a guide on how to keep your décor secure in Tuscaloosa until you’re ready to start a new semester in a new home!

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Cooking For Yourself in Apartments near UA

Once you’ve moved into your Tuscaloosa apartment, it’s time to start thinking about food. It can be a bit of a challenge learning how to cook for yourself, but it’s worth the effort. Get ready to hit the grocery store and stock up!

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Renter-Friendly Hacks for Tuscaloosa Apartments

When renting your first apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL, there's plenty of things you won't know. Learn about decorating as a renter, updating your shower head, and making the place your own!

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Bama Apartment Living With a Dog

Bringing a furry friend to Bama can make your apartment feel even more like home. With academics and extracurriculars competing for your time, it’s important to balance your responsibilities. Learn how to stay within community expectations and keep your companion comfortable.

Life As a Student at The University of Alabama

Once you’re moved in, it’s time to make Tuscaloosa truly feel like home. From getting around to getting involved, there’s plenty to learn about Bama, its culture, and what you can do to make your experience here legendary.

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University of Alabama Transportation Guide

There’s plenty of inexpensive or free options for getting from point A to point B whenever you need to, whether on the UA campus or around town. For those with and without cars, this guide has what you need to stay on the move.

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How to Study in College

High school may have been a breeze, but college is a different animal academically. Here are some tips to stay on top of your work and succeed when classes are in full swing at The University of Alabama.

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Making Friends & Getting Involved

It’s important to build a group of friends at Bama. One of the best ways to be social is get involved in UA clubs and organizations outside of class. You can find countless opportunities within these extracurriculars as well!

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School Traditions

If students here take pride in one thing, it’s the culture of The University of Alabama. Take some time to brush up on Bama history and traditions and get ready to show your school spirit!

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What Students at Bama Do For Fun

It’s important to work hard, but playing hard has its time and place too. Sports, shopping, and nightlife are all key parts of what make Tuscaloosa all the rage. Here are just a few ideas to get you started on having a good time!

Getting to Know Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa is more than just the home of Bama, and game day is only a part of what the city has to offer. It’s worth seeing the Druid City’s nightlife, nature, and more. Take some time to see what’s in store!

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Where to Get Bama Game Day Apparel

When football Saturday rolls around, make sure you’ve got what you need. Dressing for game day can seem intimidating, but the favorite apparel stores of Bama students will have you covered.

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Jobs for Students in Tuscaloosa

Managing your finances away from home is a steep learning curve. For students looking to earn some money, there are plenty of opportunities to find work on Bama’s campus or in town!

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Parents' Weekend

Whether your family visits every other week or just calls you on weekends, parents weekend is the best time to show your parents what’s going on in T-Town!

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Places To Eat In Tuscaloosa

It can be tough moving to a new place and not knowing where the best restaurants are. Take a look at this guide that removes the guesswork so you can have a great meal in Tuscaloosa!

Roll Tide Resources

Enrolling at Bama means having countless resources at your fingertips. Freshman programs, tutoring, and discounts are all things you have access to while you’re rolling with the Tide!

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The University of Alabama's Well-Being Resources

Balancing academics on top of everything else you have going on can be tough. Need some help? Take advantage of The University of Alabama’s mental health and well-being resources.

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Best Student Discounts in Tuscaloosa

College life can get expensive. Luckily, there are plenty of discounts for students, whether around Tuscaloosa or online.

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How to Get Alabama Student Football Tickets

Saturday just isn’t the same if you can’t spend it in Bryant-Denny. Here’s a guide to make sure you’re getting rowdy with the Tide come game day.

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Sports News at The University of Alabama

Love to keep up with everything athletic? Stay up to date on your favorite sports teams all in one place.

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Upcoming Events at The University of Alabama 

There's always something exciting going on or coming up at The University of Alabama. To stay up to date on what's to come and get involved, check out the upcoming events on The University of Alabama's calendar.