UT&A is ‘just a quiet community’ but quiet community
Situated less than two miles from the Allendale campus, University Townhouses and Apartments provides what owner Dan Jansen calls “just a quiet community.”
“It’s a quiet, out-of-the-way place for kids to go where they don’t have to worry about the busyness of Grand Valley,” Jansen said, adding that he typically has about 30 to 40 percent who re-sign their leases after the year “just because they like that atmosphere.”
UTA has two separate locations with 18 housing units on Fillmore Street and five units on Lake Michigan Drive. The Fillmore complex is nestled in a secluded, forest setting, while the Lake Michigan complex is within walking distance of a shopping center and food, video and convenience stores.
Students can choose between 10- and 12-month leasing options for three different rental styles.
Depending on the length of lease and number of occupants, two-bedroom, two-bathroom Fillmore townhouse with 1110 square-feet could run anywhere from $225 to $390 per person. Meanwhile, a four-bedroom, two-bathroom townhouse with 1400 square-feet could run anywhere from $200 to $280 per person with the same conditions. Two to four tenants can fit comfortably in a two-bedroom, while the four-bedroom can accommodate four to six tenants. Both townhouse options are dual-level.
The Fillmore location has recently added eight two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment units priced at $370 to $390 per person depending on the lease term.
The final style is two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments, located at 6425 Lake Michigan Dr. The name of this complex is Campustown Flats, and its 900 square-foot apartments are priced at $325 to $350 per person depending on lease term.
“I think we’re one of the most reasonably priced [housing establishments] as far as the things that we offer,” Jansen said, adding that one perk to living at UTA is that the units provide more spacious bedrooms than many other off-campus housing complexes.
Each townhouse and apartment unit also comes equipped with a washer and dryer; a stove, refrigerator and dishwasher in the kitchen; and DSL, phone and cable hookups in each room. Students staying at the Fillmore location also receive digital video and cable Internet access.
And although UTA does not have a nearby bus stop, it does offer free parking for all units.
Utilities for all living style units include water, trash removal and sewer. Heating is provided at several locations, and the Lake Michigan apartments include gas and electric.
In addition to rent, each unit has a cleaning fee of $200.
However, the price of residence is well worth the quaint atmosphere.
“It’s small, so we’re more personal than a lot of the other complexes are,” Jansen said.
UTA requires a $10-per-person application fee and still has rooms available for the 2013-14 school year.
For more information about touring or leasing with University Townhouses and Apartments, call 616-477-5511 or visit the website at www.gvtownhouses.com.