Living expenses in Miami can vary greatly depending on your lifestyle. We know that it can be complicated to arrange housing before you arrive, so we can help you! If you would like housing assistance, please contact Amy Dean, our Student Services Manager.
When searching for an apartment or house in Miami, please keep in mind:
- You can save money by getting a roommate
- You can avoid purchasing a car by living close to campus, or close to a Metrorail stop
- Most apartments are rented without furniture (unfurnished)
- Rent can range between $700-$1800 depending on rooms, amenities, etc.
- Apartment ads in the US are described by the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. For example, an apartment with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom would say “a 2-1 apartment.” The bedroom number is first, the bathroom number is second.
- Rental apartments usually come with an oven, refrigerator, and stove.
- You will need to sign a lease, which is a contract between you and the landlord. Most leases are for 12 months. Shorter leases can be hard to find.
- When you sign the lease, you will usually pay three amounts: first month’s rent, last month’s rent, and a deposit (usually the same amount as 1 month’s rent).
- Keep a copy of the lease in a safe place. Also, take pictures of the apartment before you move in.
- You can choose to purchase renter’s insurance to cover your belongings. In most cases, the insurance of the building will only cover the building and structure itself; the protection does not cover your items inside the apartment or in your car.
Resources for finding apartments/houses:
- The UM Off-campus housing guide
- Miami Herald Renter’s guide
It takes about 3 weeks to find a homestay, so if you plan to use this option, give yourself some time before arriving to Miami.
Note: The University of Miami does not endorse any of the organizations or institutions listed above. This list is provided solely for your convenience.
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