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Towerlight’s off-campus living guide

17 February 2013 By Towerlight Staff 5 Comments
Illustration by Danielle Frater/ The Towerlight

Illustration by Danielle Frater/ The Towerlight

Whether you are moving off-campus for the first time or just looking for something new, The Towerlight’s got you covered. This guide features some of the most popular off-campus living options for Towson students and recent graduates. From locations that are merely a walk away to a short shuttle bus ride, Towson’s off-campus housing options are plentiful.

 

Rodgers Forge Apartments

Just off Stevenson Lane in Towson is Rodgers Forge Apartment Complex, where both students and families can find one, two or three-bedroom apartments. The apartments come unfurnished, but feature various floor plans that allow for creativity when moving in.

In all, there are 119 buildings in the Rodgers Forge complex in Towson, with each building consisting of two or three stories with four to six apartments each. This makes up Rodgers Forge’s community of roughly 1,000 residents.

The most common types of units are two-bedroom apartments, which rent anywhere from $1,300 to $1,500. There are also eight three-bedroom apartments available, which are currently filled up, but run for about $2,000 per month.

Matthew Hazlett/ The Towerlight

Matthew Hazlett/ The Towerlight

Junior Hunter Hughes, who has lived in Rodgers Forge for roughly six months, said that it’s worth the rent, as maintenance responds quickly if there’s ever a problem, and everything is up-to-date.

Hughes also said he lives with a dog, and the complex has been pet-friendly.

Besides rent, residents must pay for utilities, as well as any cable, Internet or landline they may want in their complex. The apartments are some of the most renovated in the area, with the most recent renovations to some of the complexes being completed in 2011, according to Rodgers Forge’s website.

Hughes said there are some downsides of the complex, however, including a lack of cell phone service, and parking spots can be hard to come by, especially at night. Parking is always free to residents, but visitors must park on the road as opposed to the parking lots in front of the buildings, where residents park.

 

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Matthew Hazlett/ The Towerlight

University Village

They also offer a four-bedroom floor plan, which is helpful and inexpensive if you can find a large group of students. The two bedrooms on either side share one of the two bathrooms.

You can also find a two-person floor plan.

“Per month I pay $889 and then around $50 for Comcast Internet. It seems like a lot, but I don’t have to spend gas to drive to school everyday or pay extra bills,” Rachel Young, who lives in the Village, said in an email.

The apartments come fully furnished, including sofas and side chairs.

“I have so much stuff to take to college, I can’t even imagine bringing a couch or bed with me too.”

Parking costs $25 for a visitors’ pass, which lasts for the entire semester. That way, friends can park in a visitors lot when visiting.

The Village also contains a free computer lab where students can print assignments—just bring your own paper.

 

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Matthew Hazlett/ The Towerlight

Cardiff Hall

 

Cardiff Hall Apartments have one of the most premiere location spots of all of the off-campus housing options, located right across the street from Stephens Hall.

A sister community to Donnybrook, Cardiff hall is also renovating. Prices start at $949 for a one bedroom, one bath and go up from there depending on room count and if it’s been renovated or not.

Towson 2012 alumnus Michael Knestout considered one of the positives to living in Cardiff Hall to be the grounds workers who “didn’t mind cleaning up after the residents.”

Another pro was the “great proximity to campus and uptown Towson.”

They only have one or two bedroom apartments, so if you’re thinking about moving in with a bunch of your friends, be mindful of the space. These prices don’t include many of the utilities like cable, Internet, or heating and air conditioning, but if you’ve got a furry friend, they’re welcome at Cardiff.

 

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Matthew Hazlett/ The Towerlight

Towson Place Apartments

For students looking for an off-campus apartment with an on-campus feel, Towson Place Apartments are the way to go, junior elementary education major Emily Westrick said.

Located just up the steps past the Center for the Arts, Towson Place Apartments are as close to campus as off-campus gets.

The fully furnished apartments range from $995 for an annual lease on a studio space to $2,193 for an annual lease on a two bedroom with a dining room and patio. Gas, electric, cable, Internet and furniture are all included.

The maximum number of residents for an apartment is three and laundry is located either inside the apartment or right across the hall.

With granite countertops, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances, Westrick said students certainly pay the price. However, for her, it’s worth it.

“I like it for its location,” Westrick said. “It’s like two feet away from campus. Part of the reason I looked at it, because it’s a little expensive, is that it’s got an on-campus feel even though it is off-campus.”

 

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Matthew Hazlett/ The Towerlight

Fellowship Court Apartments

Fellowship Court Apartments, located off of Hillen Road, offers spacious apartments a short five minute drive from campus.

Adding to its prime location, it is a walkable distance from the Towson Place Shopping Center at Putty Hill and there is a Towson shuttle stop just outside the complex. Fellowship offers one or two bedroom apartments, and some of the two- bedrooms have two baths. Rates start at $999 and can go up to $1339, according to the complex’s website, but there are student discounts available, and water is included in rent.

The complex allows up to two residents per room. For example, if it is a two bedroom apartment, up to four people can live in it. Each apartment is quite large with incredibly spacious closets and plenty of storage space. Each apartment unit also comes with its own storage room on the bottom floor of each building.

Each apartment also has a private deck or terrace, depending on the floor of the apartment, big enough for a couple of deck chairs and a side table. Hanging plants are also allowed, but no grills. However, there is a public grill on site for anyone in the complex. Fellowship is a pet-friendly apartment complex and each building comes equipped with a laundry facility. In terms of safety, the place is well lit at night and there is always close parking no matter the building.

Depending on the building and which side the apartment is located on, Fellowship is located directly across from Calvert Hall with many apartments overlooking the main field. However, it is located right off the road and sirens passing through every night can be a mild inconvenience but not overly inconvenient. Overall, Fellowship’s close proximity to campus outweighs many of the cons the complex may have, including the price.

 

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Matthew Hazlett/ The Towerlight

Towson Woods

 

Towson students seeking a good deal and easy commute should not overlook the Towson Woods apartments on Kenilworth Drive.

Towson Woods are within walking distance to many shops and restaurants, such as the Towson Town Center, and include amenities from an outdoor swimming pool to walk-in closets and private balconies. One-bedroom apartments start at $995, two-bedrooms start at $1,340, and three-bedrooms are available from $1,795. The apartments come unfurnished, but boast of space and newly renovated exteriors, according to Towson Woods’ website.

The Towson Woods community is one that more Towson students should look into, according to junior psychology major Sam Hubbard, who has been living there since late July.

“I think Towson Woods is super underrated, I think that it’s a great place to live,” Hubbard said.

Hubbard said that for her, the biggest appeal of Towson Woods is the accessibility to the shuttle system.

“The best part is the shuttle,” she said, “You just walk like six or seven minutes to the bus stop and the shuttle will come and drop you off at the CLA. They come every 15 minutes, usually on time. There’s an app. You can catch it and you don’t need a car.”

Hubbard said that while there she has experienced some issues with living in Towson Woods, such as the batteries dying without warning in the carbon monoxide detectors, but the exceptional service makes up for it. Hubbard said that the maintenance workers take care of any problems quickly and the leasing office is always available to answer questions.

Hubbard also said to be wary of the lack of visitor parking and the communal washer and dryer. But despite these possible problems, Hubbard said she would recommend Towson Woods to Towson students and considers the spacious apartments a great deal for the price.

“The whole system’s pretty nice … it’s a pretty good deal, especially if you do commute. I would definitely recommend it,” she said.

 

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Matthew Hazlett/ The Towerlight

Donnybrook

The Donnybrook apartments, located on Knollwood Road, are a short walk from the older side of campus. For business majors who have the majority of their classes in Stephens Hall, Donnybrook apartments are especially convenient.

Christina Lawson, a senior accounting major, said that for students who don’t have access to a car and don’t want to schedule their day around shuttle bus times, Donnybrook is the way to go.

“I would say it’s in a great location and cheaper than most in walking distance,” Lawson said.

Donnybrook prices range from $914 for a one bedroom/bath to $1580 for a three bedroom/bath. Apartments all come unfurnished. For those with a car, parking on the street is free.

With that said, Lawson said finding a parking spot can be tricky.

“I would recommend it to students that don’t want to drive to campus,” Lawson said. “Parking is hard to find because everyone … parks here. If you have a car or don’t mind taking the shuttle you could probably find a better place for cheaper.”

On the plus side, Lawson said there is 24-hour maintenance service that is normally quick to respond and very friendly should residents have any problems.

And for those that can’t stand to leave their pet at home, Donnybrook allows up to two pets for $25 per month.

Dogs can weigh up to 25 lbs.

 

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Matthew Hazlett/ The Towerlight

Fairways

 

The Fairways at Towson, about two miles from campus, is located just off Goucher Boulevard. Across from the complex is a shopping center which includes a Plato’s Closet, Dollar Store, Giant, Taco Bell, IHOP, laundromat, among other stores and eateries.

And just down the road is the shopping center with Target, Walmart, DSW, Red Robin, Panera and Marshalls.

The apartments range from studio to three bedrooms. With current rent specials, a studio is $799 for rent and has one bathroom. The one bedroom ranges from $880 to $908 for rent and has one bathroom.

Two bedroom ranges between $1,012 and $1,035 and has two bathrooms. The fourth option is a three bedroom with two baths, at $1,756 a month. All of these are in addition to a $300 deposit. Rent must be in check form, not online.

The leases are by 12-month periods. Some amenities of the complex are air conditioning, dishwashers, on-site washers and dryers, a swimming pool, business center, tennis courts, fitness center, and on-site management and maintenance.

There is also the option to request an already furnished apartment. Pets are allowed at additional cost. There is free parking in the lots, and two shuttle stops throughout.

Senior Lindsey Bardarik said she likes the Fairways for the price but has had some minor problems with heat and water.

Her heat didn’t work over winter break and the water has been shut off at random times.

“I would still recommend it because of the amenities,” she said.

 

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Matthew Hazlett/ The Towerlight

20 Lambourne

Located across the street from the Towson Town Center and conveniently next to Pasta Mista, the 20 Lambourne apartments make a great place for students to live.

Lambourne offers studio style apartments and one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Unlike many other local complexes, Lambourne has a washer and dryer unit in each apartment. Also, most apartments come with either a complimentary 42-inch high definition television or a fireplace.

Lambourne offers several different floor plans, such as lofts, “providences,” “gouchers” and “reservoirs.”

Prices vary from $1,260 for a one bedroom, one bath apartment to $2,235 for a three bedroom, three bath apartment.

The amenities at Lambourne include a coffee bar, rooftop pool, a weight room, a library and a parking garage. The Towson University shuttle’s Kenilworth Route also stops at Lambourne for those who don’t have on-campus parking passes or a car.

“Lambourne has everything that you could pretty much ask for as a college student,” junior finance major Gil Horowitz said. “We got a free TV in our room and the gym is really nice. I’m rehabbing my knee after my second ACL surgery and the treadmills are really helpful. It’s also great to be in walking distance from so many places.”

After paying a refundable $100 application fee, applicants will know whether or not they will be offered an apartment 60 days before the move-in date they put on their applications.

 

Matthew Hazlett/ The Towerlight

Matthew Hazlett/ The Towerlight

Somerset Apartments

The atmosphere of the Somerset at Towson apartments, located on Camberley Circle off of Bosley Avenue, sets them apart from other complexes. According to the website, the apartments are located among old shade trees and just seconds from historic Towson, and the community is friendly and well-maintained.

This atmosphere is one that senior economics major Valerie Collins who lived in Somerset her sophomore and junior years, can attest to.

“The maintenance people are really nice, I didn’t have a problem with the leasing office, ever, they were really nice … I was happy and we got [everything] taken care of,” Collins said.

In addition to the friendly environment that Somerset embodies, Collins said that the convenience of the kitchen makes Somerset stand out from other apartments in the area.

“I love that I have the washer and dryer and … the kitchen was really big compared to Donnybrook and a lot of places that have smaller kitchens, which I thought was really great,” Collins said. “They have the laundry actually in the kitchen and it’s not a full size washer and dryer but it’s an apartment-sized one and you can still fit a lot of clothes.”

Along with the washer and dryer, the amenities at Somerset include air-conditioning and heating, an outdoor pool and sundeck and easy access to public transportation. The complex also offers plenty of parking. The apartments are unfurnished, however, they do come with a well-equipped kitchen and new cherry cabinets.

Rates range from $850 to $1,145 for a one-bedroom apartment to $1,290 to $1,440 for two bedrooms. Townhouses are also available at rates from $1,330 to $1,365.

Collins said that she would absolutely recommend Somerset to Towson students, as not only did she find it an enjoyable place to live, but it’s also located conveniently close to Towson’s campus at only 1.9 miles away.

 

Matthew Hazlett/ The Towerlight

Matthew Hazlett/ The Towerlight

The Colony

The Colony at Kenilworth has been a long-standing residence for students with its proximity to campus. The official address is 1 Bonrock Court Towson, Md. 21204.

For a two-bedroom apartment, a student is looking at an average price range of around $929-1847. These prices fluctuate with added amenities of the apartment: upgraded appliances, dishwasher and a balcony or patio.

Parking is private.

Up to two cats and dogs are allowed, though the dog must be under 50 pounds. A monthly fee of $40 is required, and a pet fee of $300, according to the website. The fee and monthly rent is per animal.

The application process is standard: a background and credit check, which takes up to 72 hours. Residents must make three times the average monthly rent, though guarantors may be brought in for students.


5 Comments »

  • C Bounds said:

    Are there any cleaning fees associated with the pet deposit and are the pet deposits refundable? I would recommend a tutorial put out by OdorBully it has instructions on pet accidents and how to keep from losing a pet deposit

  • Sean said:

    Padonia Village is also a great option (especially if they have the free shuttle that runs out there still). I lived in three apt complexes in my time at Towson, and Padonia Village overall was the best (Fairways a close second, Donnybrook a very distant third…)

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