Amenities, amenities, amenities!
This seems to be the selling point of resort-style apartment communities to NAU students.
As spring semester nears its end, first-year students are looking for a change of pace from the confines of dorm life and are beginning their search for off-campus housing for the upcoming fall semester.
Uncommon Flagstaff is a new apartment complex opening next semester that is challenging other apartments of its kind. At a similar price as the well-known complex The Standard, Uncommon is betting that its amenities and location will draw in students.
Property manager Sarah Glenn followed suit with this common selling point, highlighting the amenities provided by Uncommon.
“Uncommon Flagstaff is an exciting new off-campus apartment community located on Milton Road, just steps from Cline Library,” Glenn said. “It was thoughtfully designed to provide the best resident experience possible and will feature exceptional community amenities for our residents to enjoy, including a 24/7 fitness center, outdoor spa, co-working and study spaces, retail and a skydeck. We also have on-site garage parking available. Uncommon offers studio and one to five-bedroom floor plans, all with private bathrooms.”
According to Uncommon Flagstaff’s website, rent ranges from $1,330 a month for a studio apartment to the cheapest option available at $819 a month, per person, for a four bedroom apartment. Comparably, The Standard’s website notes that rent ranges from $1,309 a month for a studio apartment to $809 per person, for a five bedroom apartment.
Both The Standard and Uncommon offer an in-unit washer and dryer, TV, Wi-Fi and fully furnished apartments. The Standard, however, has extra charges, which Uncommon does not.
Freshman Briana O’Donnell, who currently lives at The Standard, said a resident would have to pay for electricity, water, parking and a balcony if it is included with the apartment. At Uncommon, residents would only be required to pay for electricity and parking.
O’Donnell said she believes the amenities provided outweigh the cost by far and notes the in-unit balcony was a key factor in her decision to move into the complex.
“Living at The Standard, I have access to hot tubs, tanning beds, a brand-new, super nice gym and study rooms, along with a very nice lounge area,” O’Donnell said. “When picking out an apartment, you want to make sure that you are getting your money’s worth with all of it, and having super nice amenities that come with the apartment definitely makes the decision of whether or not it is worth it a lot easier.”
Freshman Ethan Guinchard built upon this claim by highlighting the practicality of the amenities provided, which ultimately led him to sign a lease at Uncommon.
“I would say that overall, more amenities just makes everything easier in your life,” Guinchard said. “You don’t need to go outside for a good gym, you don’t need to go somewhere else to get good food, you don’t need to go downstairs to wash your clothes. I think all of that makes up for the price of Uncommon.”
A key advantage freshman Andrew Carrithers argued The Standard has over Uncommon is the square footage of the apartments.
The Standard’s largest four bedroom apartment has almost 600 more square feet than Uncommon’s largest apartment of that size. Furthermore, The Standard offers an in-unit balcony in some floor plans, an amenity Uncommon lacks.
“Although Uncommon’s amenities are better than The Standard, The Standard has better floor plans,” Carrithers said. “The amount of space you get for the price at The Standard is better than Uncommon.”
What has become a battle between floor plans and amenities all comes down to personal preference in the long run. While some students prefer a larger apartment and are willing to sacrifice the new amenities, others argue for the opposite. Whatever the case, amenities remain at the forefront of the conversation when it comes to resort-style off-campus apartments.