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                                                                                    A Maricopa Community College




                                                 Published by
                                The Student Life & Leadership
                                18401 North 32nd Street—Phoenix, Arizona 85032 602-787-7240
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This Student Housing Guide has been designed to provide a useful set of guidelines to
aid in selecting housing. The information is intended to be a fair summary of available
housing in the Paradise Valley Community College area. The student should be aware
that the handbook is NOT intended to be a complete listing of all housing NOR does the
Student Life Center Office recommend or endorse any particular housing.*


You can rent apartments furnished or unfurnished, with or without paid utilities. Most
apartments have pools, and some have fitness centers. Paradise Valley Community
College also has a fitness center.


If you have any questions regarding the Student Housing Guide, contact:
Student Life Center.
Room KSC 135
(602) 787-7240


Paradise Valley Community College is not affiliated with any of the organizations listed
in the Student Housing Guide, and is not responsible for any changes that may occur.




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                        Table of Contents

Housing Tips
       What do I do before renting an apartment?
       pg. 5
       ASK Questions Like:
       pg. 5
Checklist of Things to Look For Before You Rent an Apartment
       pg. 6
Renters Insurance                                              pg. 8
Your Responsibility                                            pg. 8
Renter’s Tax                                                   pg. 8
Solving Your Problems                                          pg. 8
Contracts
       Contracts with Owner/Mangers                            pg. 9
       Contracts with Roommates
       pg. 9
       Choosing a Roommate                                     pg. 9
Rooms in Private Homes                                         pg. 10
Apartment Listings                                             pg. 11
Electronic Listings                                            pg. 15
I Found a Roommate, I Found an Apartment, What’s Next?
       pg. 16
Moving In                                                      pg. 16
Rights and Responsibilities
       pg. 17
Tips on Conservation and Budgeting
       Apartment Energy Conservation                           pg. 20
       Water Saving Tips                                       pg. 20
       Recycling                                               pg. 20
       Saving at the Grocery Store
       pg. 20
       Other Frugal Hints                                      pg. 21
       Other Budget Hints                                      pg. 21

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                               Housing Tips
Before you rent an apartment:

     1. Decide what you can afford to pay for rent and utilities.

     2. Look at a variety of places ( apartments, condos, houses, trailers).

     3. DO NOT sign anything unless you completely understand what you are

        signing.

     4. Ask fellow students about the area and complex.

     5. Take a complete tour of the complex and talk to people around the complex.

     6. Make sure you see the apartment first.

     7. Check the apartment complex out on ApartmentRatings.com.

     8. Use the apartment checklist on the next page.


ASK Questions Like:

     • What is management like?

     • Is it noisy at night?

     • Has anyone been burglarized?

     • Are things repaired promptly?

     • Are pets and/or children allowed?

     • How is the parking situation?

     • Are trees and shrubs around the property well maintained?

     • Are public areas well lit?

     • How quickly are repairs done?

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    Checklist of Things to Look For Before You Rent an Apartment

Lease                                                                                  Yes   No

How much is the rent? $_______ What is the policy and amount of a late charge?
What are the lease options and the rent rate for each option? Renewal options?

Are there any specials or discounts available?
How much do I need to pay up front to move in? Ask for a list of fees?
What are the procedures for ending the lease? If I need to terminate the lease
early

Can the rent be increased during the lease?
What are the requirements for a full refund of the security deposit and how do I get
it? How long does it take to get?

Is there a charge for utilities, water, garbage and sewage?
Find out who you call for repairs or emergencies.

Ask for a list of rules and regulations for the residents such as visitors, parking,
repairs, and parties? Any restrictions?

What is the limit on the number of occupants allowed in the apartment?
Do they take pets ? What is the pet policy and is there an extra charge.

Ask for the procedures for incoming and outgoing mail? Package delivery?

Make sure you see the property before you rent it!
Get a copy of your lease and pay with a check or money order if possible.


Security                                                                               Yes   No
Does the apartment have:
Sprinkler System ? Fire extinguisher ? Smoke Detectors (who replaces the bat-
Security Alarm ?

Adequate outdoor lighting?
A peephole in the front door? Dead bolt lock on the front door ?
Outdoor electronic surveillance?

On-duty security? Hours? ____ to _____

Is the property gated? Hours ____ to _____

A policy for a key that is lost or getting an extra key?
Locks on windows and sliding doors?


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Checklist of Things to Look For Before You Rent an Apartment, cont.

Amenities                                                               Yes   No
Does the property have:

A stove/refrigerator ?

A microwave? Dishwasher?

A washer/dryer in the unit or on the property?

A telephone/Internet/cable? What is the cost for each?

Sufficient closet space?

Extra storage space?

A pool? (heated or unheated) Pool hours? Guest policy?

A whirlpool? A Sauna?

Other recreational facilities?

A fitness center? What are the hours? Discount to local fitness club?

A computer center?

A balcony or patio?

Ample study space for all occupants?

Assigned parking? (covered)?

Parking garage?

Guest parking?

Is there outgoing mail service?

Is the apartment furnished or unfurnished?

Fireplace?

Clubhouse?

Recycling?

BBQ area/outdoor cooking?


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Renter’s Insurance
As you move into your apartment or house, it would be wise to purchase insurance
to cover theft, fire and water damages to your personal belongings. Before buying
insurance, however check your parent’s homeowners policy, since your personal
property may be covered while you are living away from home. If you are not cov-
ered by your parent’s policy, you may want to purchase protection for your personal
belongings. Many local insurance companies offer various forms of Renter’s insur-
ance. Before you buy, compare the plan of each company and purchase the one
that best suits your needs.


Your Responsibility

If just one person signs a lease, that person is solely responsible for the entire rent
and other obligations of the lease. If all members of the household sign the lease,
roommates should be aware of LIABILITY. Most leases are handled in such a way
that all parties are responsible for the performance of their associates. This means
that if one roommate moves out, the remaining roommate(s) must come up with his
or her share of the rent as well as their own.
Know your potential roommate. Be frank and up front about the type of place you
want to live in and compare lifestyles. The more honest you are with each other,
the less hassle you will encounter down the road. Meet potential roommates in a
public place away from your residence, it’s safer. Then you can decide if you want
to have them see your apartment.


Renter’s Tax Credit

As a renter in Arizona you may qualify for both a tax credit and a tax deduction on
your State Income Tax Return.


Solving Your Problems

When disputes arise between tenants and their landlords, there are several options
available in settling disputes. The first step is to sit down with your landlord and talk
the problem over. An informal, cooperative relationship usually proves successful
in settling most disputes. Should this fail to lead to an acceptable solution, assis-
tance is available through legal aid or the County Attorney’s Office.

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                                     Contracts

Contracts with Owner/Managers

Everyone who rents, leases, or buys a home or apartment has to fill out a contract.
While each complex uses its own type of form, there are several commonalities.
They’re all long, written in tiny, tiny print, and often difficult to understand. But don’t
despair! In situations in which the contract is unclear, ASK! If you still don’t understand,
ASK AGAIN!! There’s much to be said for being an informed consumer and renter,
especially when dealing with contracts.
Many times contracts will address the rights and responsibilities of tenants and land-
lords – READ CAREFULLY! There may even be extra entitlements for renters and
landlords (as long as they fall within the Arizona Statutes). Try to understand the poli-
cies that would affect you should you need to move out break your contract early, have
a grievance, or any other situation that might occur. KEEP THIS CONTRACT in a safe
place so that you can refer to it during your tenancy. This can’t be said enough, DO
NOT SIGN ANYTHING YOU DO NOT FULLY UNDERSTAND!

                            Contracts with Roommates
Contracts are made to ensure that all parties are held accountable for their portion.
Contracts, official and unofficial are made between people everyday, so why not with a
potential roommate? If you are entering into an agreement of how finances, responsi-
bilities, and grievances are to be handled, you want it written down on paper.
Imagine that you are living with roommates and one person moves out. Who is re-
sponsible for the rent that person would have provided? If there is no agreement to
refer to, you and the remaining roommates might be stuck with that extra cost! Con-
sider the following contract made between roommates. You can devise your own con-
ditions and stipulations, however, consider checking the contract with a legal service
provider to ensure that it is a binding contract.

                              Choosing A Roommate
The person(s) with whom you choose to live may have a significant impact on your col-
lege experience. You want to make sure that your personalities and habits will be
compatible. But how do you know if the person you might be living with is going to be
the right one? The only way to know is through open communication between yourself
and your potential roommate.

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Here are some topics that you might want to address with a prospective roommate.

      • How much can each of you afford to pay each month, including rent, utilities,
          phone, flood, tuition, books, and extra expenses (insurance, car, gas)?
      •   Remember that each person is responsible for his/her portion of the costs,
          so you want to make sure that the person is reliable and/or has a backup
          plan should he/she need assistance.
      •   How are you going to pay your deposits, each months rent, each of the bills,
          and other costs? What happens if one person moves out before the other?
      •   What are your habits and attitudes towards smoking, drugs and alcohol, and
          pets?
      •   What are your attitudes regarding dating and overnight guests? Privacy?
      •   What are your attitudes regarding phone usage? About sharing clothes?
      •   What are your personal habits and expectations about housekeeping and
          grocery shopping?
      •   Do you like to cook? How much are you willing to spend on meals? Do you
          intend to eat together or separately? Do you intend to share food expenses
          or shop separately?
      •   What are your study habits and needs? Sleeping habits and needs?
      •   Who will be on the lease?

                            Rooms in Private Homes
Rooming in private homes can be a great experience. In exchange for low rent or free
rent, you may offer assistance with baby-sitting, care of an elderly or disabled person,
housework, or yard work. Remember that the compatibility issue between you and the
owner or family is an important one here. Consider the following:

      • Is there a private entrance to the room?
      • Are the bedrooms and bathrooms private or shared?
      • Are utility costs included?
      • What privileges do you have and what are the rules? Kitchen, cooking?
        Pool? Laundry? Television/Cable? Telephone usage?
      • What are the rules regarding guests, smoking, pets?
      • If you have an arrangement to pay for part of the rent, what is expected and
        how many hours are you required to work?
Make sure that your agreement with the homeowner is written down on paper.
Establish open lines of communication with the owner so that future issues can
be resolved quickly.

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                     Apartment Listing For Surrounding Area
Complex                      Phone          Rooms       Price    Utilities   Also Includes
                                                        Range    Included
Algeria at Paradise Valley   602 971-8020   Studio      $389-                Fitness Center w/ tanning
15202 N. 40th St.                           1 Bedroom   $829                 beds, playground, pets, spilt
Phoenix, AZ 85032                           2 Bedroom                        floor plans, 2 pools
Avalon Hills                 602-843-3400   1 Bedroom   $595 -   Water       Private storage, pet friendly,
3535 W. Tierra Buena Ln                     2 Bedroom   $760                 tennis Court, high speed
Phoenix, AZ 85053                                                            internet
Bella Sera                   866-280-3319   1 Bedroom   $634 -               All new appliances, washer/
13616 N. 43rd St.                           2 Bedroom   $734                 dryer, built in appliances,
Phoenix, AZ 85032                                                            limited pets
Banyantree                   866-603-3912   1 Bedroom   $595-                AC, CR, DW, some paid
12435 N. 28th Dr.                           2 Bedroom   $995                 utilities, pets, short term, pool
Phoenix Az 85029                            3 Bedroom
Cactus Trail                 623-582-6151   1 Bedroom   $549-                High-speed internet access,
2403 W. Lone Cactus                         2 Bedroom   $695                 small pets, 2 pools.
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Carleton Club                602-866-3516   1 Bedroom   $549-                Washer/Dryer, walk in closet,
17425 N. 19th Ave                           2 Bedroom   $668                 business center, playground
Phoenix, AZ 85023
Cobblestone                  602-375-1288   1 Bedroom   $569-                Walk in closets, outside
15449 N. 25th Ave.                          2 Bedroom   $809                 storage, relaxing spa, 2
Phoenix, AZ 85023                                                            pools, built-in bookshelves
Copper Palms                 602-493-0996   Studio      $399-                Walk in closets, mirror doors,
12810 N. Cave Creek                         1 Bedroom   $800                 2 pools/spa, fitness center,
Phoenix, AZ 85022                           2 Bedroom                        large pantry

Crossroads                   888-785-6402   Studio      $479-                Tennis & basketball courts,
2222 W. Beardsley                           1 Bedroom   $809                 pets, video library, play-
Phoenix, AZ 85027                           2 Bedroom                        ground, walk in closet

Crystal Creek                602-863-0202   Studio      $429-                Washer/dryer, pets, walk-in
10 E. Bell Rd.                              1 Bedroom   $729                 closets, fitness center,
Phoenix, AZ 85022                           2 Bedroom                        covered parking
Crystal Point                602-971-9724   Studio      $325-                Fitness center, new appli-
15826 N. 32nd Street                        1 Bedroom   $656                 ances, tot lot, pool, fitness
Phoenix, AZ 85032                           2 Bedroom                        center,

Desert Homes                 602-867-7293   1 Bedroom   $475-                Pet friendly, fitness trail,
17249 N. 7th St.                            2 Bedroom   $578                 covered parking, pools,
Phoenix, AZ 85022                           3 Bedroom                        playground, fireplace

Desert Springs               602-867-2951   1 Bedroom   $576-    Water       Storage, walk in closets,
1750 E. Bell Rd.                            2 Bedroom   $695                 pool/spa, clubhouse,
Phoenix, AZ 85022                           3 Bedroom                        beautiful courtyards

Desert Star                  602-863-4490   Studio      $399-                Walk in closet, free basic
1106 W. Bell Rd.                            1 Bedroom   $509                 cable, jogging track, small
Phoenix, AZ 85023                                                            pets, fitness center

Desert Sunrise               602-482-2788   Studio      $550-    Hot Water   Walk in closets, storage,
17602 N. Cave Creek                         1 Bedroom   $735                 hot tub/spa, playground,
Phoenix, AZ 85032                           2 Bedroom                        small pets


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                        Apartment Listing For Surrounding Area cont.

Complex                   Phone          Rooms        Price   Utilities   Also Includes
                                                      Range   Included
Fairways @ Cave           866-294-9335   Studio       $410-               Spacious closets, picnic
Creek                     Ext. 6247      1 Bedroom    $590                area, fitness center, patios,
2140 W. Thunderbird                      2 Bedroom                        walk in closets
Phoenix, AZ 85023
Greenspoint @ PV          602-494-0391   1 Bedroom    $549-               Washer/dryer, fenced in dog
4202 E. Cactus Rd.                       2 Bedroom    $1048               park, high speed internet,
Phoenix, AZ 85032                                                         storage area
Hidden Cove               602-863-9697   Studio       $530-   Hot Water   Walk in closet, pool/spa,
2001 W. Union Hills Dr.                  1 Bedroom    $785                2 laundry rooms, covered
Phoenix, AZ 85027                        2 Bedroom                        parking, ceiling fan
La Palma                  602-993-3023   1 Bedroom    $640-               Washer/dryer, cyber
220 W. Bell Rd.                          2 Bedroom    $999                lounge,9 laundry facilities, 4
Phoenix, AZ 85023                        3 Bedroom                        pools, pets, storage
La Serena @ Toscana       866-214-0075   1 Bedroom    $780-               Luxury apartments, resort
1814 E. Bell Rd.                         2 Bedroom    $930                pool/spa, washer/dryer, sm.
Phoenix, AZ 85022                                                         pets, tanning bed
Monte Viejo               888-779-9069   1 Bedroom    $510-               2 resort style pools/spas,
2220 E. Beardsley Rd.                    2 Bedroom    $915                state of art fitness,
Phoenix, AZ 85024                        3 Bedroom                        garages, sauna, pets,
                                         4 Bedroom                        playground, extra storage

Mtn Springs Terrace       602-971-4020   1 Bedroom    $485-   Water       Spacious floor plans, pantry,
18202 N. Cave Creek                      2 Bedroom    $625                newly remodeled
Phoenix, AZ 85032

Mountain View Casitas     602-971-3434   2 Bedroom    $649-               Washer/Dryer, 2 fireplaces,
1130 E. Grovers                                       $679                sm. Pets, covered parking,
Phoenix, AZ 85022                                                         whirlpool bathtubs
Palo Brea Luxury Apts.    602-787-0900   2 Bedrooms   $675-               Washer/dryer, brand new
15455 N. 29th St.                                     $725                appliances, playground/
Phoenix, AZ 85032                                                         picnic areas, ceiling fans

Paradise Falls            602-482-9099   1 Bedroom    $610-               Washer/dryer, abundant
15434 N. 32nd St.                        2 Bedroom    $995                storage, pets, 2 pools/spa,
85032                                                                     fireplaces, ceiling fans

Paradise Foothills        602-482-6400   1 Bedroom    $620-               Extra storage, covered park-
12231 N. 19th St                         2 Bedroom    $995                ing/BBQ grills, pets/
85032                                                                     2pools/spa, spacious

Paradise Lakes            602-863-0596   1 Bedroom    $596-               Washer/dryer/on-site con-
16220 N. 7th St.                         2 Bedroom    $880                venience store, 4 pools/
Phoenix, AZ 85022                                                         spas, bike/jogging path

Paradise North            602-482-0305   2 Bedroom    $650-               Washer/dryer, private
17805 N. 40th St.                                     $800                patios/balconies
Phoenix, AZ 85032

Paradise Trails           602-996-4427   1 Bedroom    $540-               Washer/dryer, indoor rac-
4502 E. Paradise Vil-                    2 Bedroom    $758                quetball court, fitness cen-
lage Pkwy.                                                                ter, cable, fireplaces, video
85032                                                                     rental service, pool/Jacuzzi




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                      Apartment Listing For Surrounding Area cont.
Complex                  Phone          Rooms            Price   Utilities   Also Includes
                                                         Range   Included

Park Ridge               866-780-3563   1 Bedroom        $500-               Large closets, pool/2 spas,
12211 N. Paradise                       2 Bedroom        $840                large pets, outside storage,
Village Parkway S.                                                           ceiling fans, picnic area,
Phoenix, AZ 85032                                                            covered parking

Pietra                   877-811-9252   Studio           $595-               Washer/dryer, cyber café,
19635 N. Cave Creek                     1 Bedroom        $1395               cable, walk in closets, fitness
Phoenix, AZ 85024                       2 Bedroom                            & business center, garages,
                                        3 Bedroom                            covered lot

Place One                866-666-5202   Studio           $485-               AC, CR, DW, Some paid
7045 N. 7th St                          1 Bedroom        $700                utilities, pets, bus line, pool,
Phoenix AZ 85020                        2 Bedroom                            gated. Laundry facilities, CH

Presidio North           602-375-1117   1 Bedroom        $449-               Washer/dryer, icemakers,
17031 N. 11th Ave                       2 Bedroom        $847                walk in closets, ceiling fans,
Phoenix, AZ 85023-                                                           heated pool/spa

Rancho Sierra            602-482-2729   Studio           $450-               Walk in closets, Starbucks
3040 E. Shea Blvd                       1 Bedroom        $920                internet café, cable ready,
Phoenix, AZ 85028                       2 Bedroom                            free DVD library, Pets

Shadow Mountain          602-861-1249   1 Bedroom        $615-               Playground/sports court,
12430 N. 19th Ave.                      2 Bedroom        $709                pool/spa, covered parking,
Phoenix, AZ 85029                                                            balconies or patios

Sierra Ranch             866-781-2361   Studio           $400-               Free basic cable, tennis
4722 E. Bell Rd                         1 Bedroom        $575                courts, pool/spa, playground,
Phoenix, AZ 85032                       2 Bedroom                            balcony w/ storage

Sun Terrace              602-795-3300   2 Bedroom        $755-               AZ, Cr. WI,DW,GD, Micro, W/
16802 N. 31st St                                         $825                D in unit, Pool, Spa, Con-
Phoenix, AZ 85032                                                            trolled access storage units,
                                                                             Pets ok
Tatum Gardens            866-346-7697   1 Bedroom        $739-               Walk-in closets, W/D in units,
15425 N. Tatum blvd.                    2 Bedroom        $879                yard, clubhouse, FC, pool,
Phoenix, AZ 85032                                                            Spa, pets ok
The Cortina              602-504-3701   1 Bedroom        $730-               Washer/dryer, abundant
11 E. Bell Rd.                          2 Bedroom        $965                closet/storage areas, free
Phoenix, AZ 85022                                                            business center, sm. pets

The Retreat              866-730-4266   1 Bedroom        $750-               Walk in closets, high speed
20808 N. 27th St.                       2 Bedroom        $960                internet, fitness center, spa/
Phoenix, AZ 85027                       3 Bedroom                            pool//hot tub, washer/dryer

The Summit               602-996-2700   Studio           $510-   Hot water   Generous closets, separate
12830 N. Paradise                       1 Bedroom        $965                vanity area, 2 pool, fitness
Village Pkwy                            2 Bedroom                            center, small pets
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Townhomes on the         602-996-2750   1 Bedroom        $579-               AC, Cable ready, walk-in
Park                                    2 Bedroom        $890                closets, DW,GD, Micro, W/D
12844 N. Paradise Vil-                                                       in unit, pool, spa, tennis, no
lage Parkway                                                                 pets
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Villa Encanto            602-787-4500   1 Bedroom        $505-               Pools, fitness center, pets,
4315 E. Thunderbird                     2 Bedroom        $920                spa/hot tub/sauna, fireplace,
Rd.                                     3 Bedroom                            spacious closets
Phoenix, AZ 85032
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                     Apartment Listing For Surrounding Area cont.
Complex                Phone          Rooms            Price   Utilities   Also Includes
                                                       Range   Included
Village Square         866-785-7963   1 Bedroom        $599-               Pools, walk in closets, com-
14014 N. 32nd St.                     2 Bedroom        $799                puter center, spacious floor
Phoenix, AZ 85032                     2 BDR Twnhse                         plans
Whispering Winds       866-576-6381   1 Bedroom        $515-               Pool, ceiling fans, extra stor-
15651 N. 27th St.                     2 Bedroom        $650                age, cable TV available, large
Phoenix, AZ 85032                                                          green grounds

Wicker Tree            866-841-5429   1 Bedroom        $419-               New fitness center, pets,
20003 N. 23rd Ave.                    2 Bedroom        $729                washer/dryer, playground/
Phoenix, AZ 85027                                                          park, pool/spa




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                         Electronic Listings for Rentals
www.apartmentcities.com is an apartment search service for apartments with photos, maps,
and detailed information as well as floor plans, rent specials and availability.

www.apartmentguide.com offers rental listings by city, location and zip code with pictures,
floor plans, prices and amenities.


www.apartments.com lists apartments according to area and your specifications. A good
source of information for moving resources as well as finding roommates.


www.apartmentsearch.com has free online apartment search listings with helpful info on mov-
ing in as well as information on apartment living and tips for having a green apartment.


www.aptlocater.com free rental locating service for apartments, condos, homes, etc. Ask
them for student specials and specific features you want.


www.aptratings.com has information on apartments and roommates. It has links to services
and information for moving into a new apartment. Also has ratings and comments on individual
apartments. Good resource for checking out specific apartments before renting.


www.aptselector.com offers the nation's largest personalized service with an on-line selection
of apartment communities with the largest selection of unique and luxury apartments.


www.forrent.com has information about apartment rentals, roommate searches, short term
housings as well as additional helpful resources regarding moving.


www.mynewplace.com has precision search tools, search by map, many pictures and floor
plans.


www.craigslist.org offers rental listings among other info. Craigslist includes job listings, city
events calendar, a variety of services including moving services and selling and buying things.


www.roommateaccess.com is a site for roommate finding by zip code or city and for checking
out the potential roommates profiles. One of the largest online roommate databases.

Advertisements such as houses for rent and roommates wanted can also be found on the
Campus and Community Events Information bulletin boards at PVCC or Call Student Life at
(602) 787-7240.

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         I Found a Roommate, I Found an Apartment, What’s Next?
Now that you’ve found a roommate and an apartment you need to address a few more
questions:
    • Who brings what?
    • Do I have furniture I can take with me?
    • Can I afford old or new furniture?
    • What appliances do I need?
    • Do I need cable?
    • Do we need to swap emergency information?
    • Do we need renter’s insurance?
    • Who’s paying for what utilities?
    • What’s the rule on phone usage?
    • What’s the rule on overnight guests?
    • What’s the arrangement for cooking and cleaning?
    • What’s the rule on noise/study time/sleeping hours?
    • Do we need to write up another contract to cover these details?
    • Are we going to share food/grocery bill or shop and eat separately?
    • What’s the rule on household pets?
    • Can we share clothes?
    • Is there only one covered parking space?
Some things are wants more than they are needs. Try to be reasonable when you are
planning for your new home! Do you really need three TVs? Do you really need a new
microwave or can one be borrowed from someone? Do you need new furniture or func-
tional furniture? Do you really need electricity – trick question, of course you do!
Open Communication is the best way to head off potential roommate problems. If there
is an issue that you think needs to be addressed – find some time to talk about these
issues with out accusations or hostility. Should you need assistance in talking about an
issue, try involving an arbitrator who remains neutral during your discussion. The PVCC
Counseling Center, (602) 787-6543, is also available to students for help in developing
communications skills and other personal issues.

                                      Moving In

The move-in day can be busy, fun and a bit stressful at the same time. Here are some
moving tips to help:
   • Plan Ahead! Pack Ahead! Don’t save all your packing for the move-in day. You’ll
      be miserable if you have to hurry – especially if the weather isn’t cooperating!

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                                      Moving In cont.
   • Find empty boxes from large department or grocery stores. Ask the manager if
       you can take them for your packing.
   •   Wrap your breakables – even if you’re only traveling across the street, don’t risk
       the possibility of your items breaking on the way!
   •   Decide what you really NEED! If your prior home is willing to store some of what
       you own and you don’t really need it, then take the offer for storage. If you hap-
       pen to have lots of storage space and/or a garage – then you might be able to
       bring everything. Just remember that your roommates are entitled to storage
       space too!
   •   If you really want to simplify your move – load and unload only once! Many truck
       rentals rent locally for $25 - $40, check for specials! If not, ask that favorite friend
       who owns a truck if he/she can help. In return buy him/her dinner or treat him/her
       to a special outing.
   •   Don’t RUSH your move-in. You want this to be a pleasant experience!
   •   If you work well with people, plan on moving in the same day and commemorate
       the occasion with a special dinner or barbecue. Make arrangements with your
       other roomies to help each other.
   •   If you don't work well with people, then consider moving in on a different day
       and time for the others.
   •   Ask for help from friends and family but don’t expect them to be there all day!
   •   Don’t do the heavy moving yourself, rent a dolly for $25 from a moving company.
   •   Take breaks, eat something, and drink lots of water, moving is strenuous work!
   •   Appreciate those who have helped you and offer to help if they need to move!

                             Rights and Responsibilities
As a renter it is your responsibility to:
   • Be a responsible renter.
   • Maintain the property you are renting (ARS 33-1341).*
   • Clean outdoor areas you are responsible for such as carports, garages, and
       patios (ARS 33-1341).*
   •   Pay your rent and fees on time as established with your landlord.
   •   Inform the management of repairs that are needed.
   •   Inform the management at the end of your term and know the procedures for ter-
       mination of your contract.
   •   Be aware of your own surrounding and belongings.
   •   Use the supplied appliances and fixtures properly (ARS 33-1341).*
   •   Inform the landlord of all roommate changes.
   •   Abide by the complex rules (car limit, noise ordinances, pool rules, etc.) (ARS 33-
       1341).
   • Abide by existing local, state, and federal laws.
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                       Rights and Responsibilities cont.
You also have the right to:
• Be informed by your landlord that you can obtain a free copy of the AZ Residen-
  tial Landlord and Tenant Act through the AZ Secretary of State’s Office or
  through the internet (ARS 33-1322 B).**
• Have properly functioning plumbing, electrical wiring, heating facilities, and sani-
  tary conditions (ARS 33-1324).
• Have adequate garbage receptacles (ARS 33-1324).
• Have access to your unit with railings, floors, and stairways in good repair (ARS
   33-1324).
• Request that repairs be made with in a reasonable time (ARS 1324).
• Be given reasonable notice if a landlord wishes to enter your apartment while
   you are away to make repairs, to show the unit to potential renters, or for other
   mutually agreed situations (a landlord may not enter your unit with out prior ap-
   proval except in the event of an emergency, or as a result of a court order) (ARS
   33-1343 A,B,C,D).
• A full return of deposit monies and/or a written/itemized statement of charges
  deducted from your deposit within fourteen days of a demand (ARS 33-1321 C).
• To full disclosure of the location of the owner or the designated manager of the
  premises (ARS 33-1322 A).
• Not be discriminated or retaliated against on the basis of sex, race, religion, or
  families with children. (ARS 33-1217).
• Freedom to file complaint with a government agency, join a tenants’ organiza-
  tion, or file complaint with the landlord (ARS 33-1381).

The landlord gives the tenant at least 30 days notice prior to the regular rental date. For
more specific information regarding the Arizona Statutes, contact the Arizona Department
of Real Estate, (602) 468-1414, Ext. 100 http://www.azleg.stste.az.us

Your landlord has the right to:
• A reasonable amount of time to make repairs to your rental.
• Evict you upon seven days written notice if your rent has not been paid when it
  was due (however, if you pay your past due rent within seven days of the written
  rental agreement is again valid).
• Take you to court to secure past due rent (you may still remedy the default, prior
  to the court’s ruling by paying all past due rent, reasonable attorney’s fees, and
  court fees and court costs (ARS 33-1368B).
• Be notified of any changes to the roommates in your dwelling.
• With hold all or portions of your security deposit to cover repairs (you must re-
  quest/demand that your security deposit be returned to you when you return
  your keys and have cleaned your rental (ARS 33-1321 C).
• Evict a tenant on a month-to-month lease without reason if the landlord gives
  the tenant at least 30 days notice prior to the regular rental date.


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*ARS 33-1341. Tenant to maintain dwelling unit
      The tenant shall:
      1. Comply with all obligations primarily imposed upon tenants by applicable provisions
      of building codes materially affecting health and safety.
      2. Keep that part of the premises that he/she occupies and uses as clean and safe as
      the condition of the premises permit.
      3. Dispose from his dwelling unit all ashes, rubbish, garbage and other waste In a clean
      and safe manner.
      4. Keep all plumbing fixtures in the dwelling unit or used by the tenant as clean as
      their condition permits.
      5. Use in a reasonable manner all electrical, plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating, air
      -conditioning and other facilities and appliances including elevators in the premises.
      6. Not deliberately or negligently destroy, deface, damage, impair or remove any part of
      the premises or knowingly permit any person to do so.
      7. Conduct himself/herself and require other persons on the premises with his/her
      consent to conduct themselves in a manner that will not disturb his/her neighbors'
      peaceful enjoyment of the premises.
**ARS 33-1322. Disclosure and tender of written rental agreement
      A. The landlord or any person authorized to enter into a rental agreement on his behalf
      shall disclose to the tenant in writing at or before the commencement of the tenancy
      the name and address of each of the following:
               1. The person authorized to manage the premises.
               2. An owner of the premises or a person authorized to act for and on behalf of
      the owner for the purpose of service of process and for the purpose of receiving and
      receipting for notices and demands.
      B. At or before the commencement of the tenancy, the landlord shall inform the tenant
      in writing that a free copy of the Arizona residential landlord and tenant act is available
      through the Arizona secretary of state's office.
      C. The information required to be furnished by this section shall be kept current and
      refurnished to tenant upon tenant's request. This section extends to and is enforceable
      against any successor landlord, owner or manager.
      D. A person who fails to comply with subsections A and B becomes an agent of each
      person who is a landlord for the following purposes:
               1. Service of process and receiving and receipting for notices and demands.
               2. Performing the obligations of the landlord under this chapter and under the
               rental agreement and expending or making available for the purpose all rent
               collected from the premises.
      E. If there is a written rental agreement, the landlord must tender and deliver a signed
      copy of the rental agreement to the tenant and the tenant must sign and deliver to the
      landlord one fully executed copy of such rental agreement within a reasonable time af-
      ter the agreement is executed. A written rental agreement shall have all blank spaces
      completed. Noncompliance with this subsection shall be deemed a material noncompli-
      ance by the landlord or the tenant, as the case may be, of the rental agreement.




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                              Tips on Budgeting
                         Apartment Energy Conservation

• When the heat or air conditioning is on, close doors to rooms not in use.
• When using air conditioner, turn it up a few degrees when you leave for the day.
    Close the shades when you leave for the day, your apartment will stay cooler.
•   Boil water in closed pots and pans because the time for boiling is decreased, as
    compared to boiling water in open pots and pans.
•   When cooking with electricity, turn off burners a few minutes before the allotted
    time.
•   Don’t keep the refrigerator or freezer too cold. Recommend temperatures are 38-
    40 F for refrigerators and 5 F for freezer sections.
•   Don’t pack your refrigerators – it makes them run less efficiently and much harder!
•   Wash clothes in warm or cold water, rinse in cold. Keep the lint screen in the dryer
    clean, or better, hang clothes up to dry.
•   Turn off lights when they aren’t needed.
•   Dishwasher energy use can be reduced 30% - 70% by turning off the dishwasher
    after the final rinse and letting the dishes air dry.
•   Frost build-up reduces the efficiency of refrigerators and freezers, defrost regularly.
•   Use microwaves to save energy and time.
                                 Water Saving Tips

• Take shorter showers. Take showers instead of baths.
• Do not use the toilet as a trash can or an ashtray.
• Use a glass of water while you brush your teeth, and don’t let the water run.
• Use a pan of water to wash your dishes and a pan of water to rinse them rather
  than letting the water run.
• Use a pail of water to wash your car and then rinse with a hose.
For more information on water saving call your water companies or check the Internet.
                                        Recycling
Most areas have a city-recycling program. Check with your landlord for info about
waste and recycling areas. If your complex does not recycle newspaper, cans, and
bottles, consider using the cash for can machines at local grocery stores, or donating
your recyclables to charities and schools for their fund-raising efforts.
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                       Saving at the Grocery Store

• Make out a grocery list in advance to eliminate costly “impulse buying.”
• Eat before you shop. If you are hungry, you will probably end up buying more
    than what you need.
•   Whenever possible avoid buying pre-sliced meat or cheese. Most butchers will
    slice large pieces of meat free of charge.
•   Try supermarket and generic brands. These items are often identical to products
    sold under name brand labels.
•   Avoid buying “convenience” foods – those ready-to-use or instant products that
    save time but cost more money.
•   With your roommates, buy bulk and take advantage of sales.
•   Be wary of coupons – They’re great only for what you need!
•   Instead check out the store’s weekly ads for items on sale and get store dis-
    count cards. Do not over buy just because items are on sale.

                             Other Frugal Hints

• Don’t feel pressured into spending money on entertainment, etc. Don’t feel bad
    if you can’t go because you can’t afford it. At the same time, don’t hassle some-
    body when they can’t afford to do things.
•   Try to find the free events sponsored by PVCC or by local places. Use your stu-
    dent ID to get you discounts on admission and food at local vendors. Find cou-
    pons for 2 for 1 deals for events.
•   Always try to purchase USED books if you can, or ask around and borrow them
    from somebody who has already taken that class. Strike deals with other stu-
    dents to do a book exchange.
•   Don’t keep a lot of cash on hand – you’ll spend it.
•   Walk to school or take advantage of buses and shuttles in your area or car pool
    with classmates.

                            Other Budget Hints

• Consider the “hidden costs” such as brooms, mops, cleaning solvents, light
  bulbs, and other items to clean house and to maintain a comfortable home. Try
  purchasing these items collectively or divide up the responsibility for purchasing
  all the items, don’t have one person do all the buying! Check out sale ads be-
  fore going to the store.
• Make sure you each have at least a months rent in savings and DON’T TOUCH
  IT! Save it for that emergency month.
• Anticipate your expenses for the entire year, instead.
• Check out the second hand, thrift stores and dollar stores to save money.

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          Tips on How to Make Your Apartment Green
•   Raising or lowering the thermostat by one degree during the summer and winter sea-
    sons can help you save about by 5% on your energy costs.
•   Check for air leaks in the weather stripping of windows and doors to avoid losing hot or
    cold air.
•   Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact florescent bulbs that gives off less heat
    while using less energy to give off more light.
•   Regularly replace the air conditioning filter. Changing the filter every three months will
    allow the system to run more efficiently while giving you cleaner air to breathe.
•   Buy an energy efficient air conditioner, washer or dryer with the Energy Star label.
•   Use the ceiling fan instead of the AC.
•   Use plants to provide shade. Not only will plants keep your place cooler they also clean
    the air by replacing carbon dioxide in the air with oxygen.
•   Wait to use the dish or laundry washer until you have a full loud. You will save on en-
    ergy and water cost by using full loads because it takes the same amount of energy to
    run the machines whether you run a full load or not.
•   Wash your dishes by hand. You can save on water usage by washing your dishes by
    hand and cleaning them right after you use them.
•   Replace your old showerhead with a low flow shower head. Doing this can cut your
    water usage by 50% and save 4,000 gallons of water a year
•   Buy Energy Star qualified LCD computer monitors to reduce energy usage
•   Use “smart strips” or “smart surge protectors” for appliances and adapters to avoid en-
    ergy leakage. Unplug all appliances or power cords for (TV’s, cell phone adapters,
    computers etc) when not in use as they use energy even though they are “turned off”

                    Other Green Ideas for a Green Home
•   Use environmentally safe non toxic cleaning products
•   Buy rechargeable batteries instead of using regular batteries with harmful chemicals
•   Buy environmentally friendly computers that have toxic metals removed from products
•   Use cloth bags when shopping to avoid using plastic bags
•   Use biodegradable doggy bags when cleaning up after your pets
•   Buy a faucet filter or water filter instead of buying plastic water bottles or refill you gal-
    lon water bottles.
•   Recycle, recycle, recycle.


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                                 Fitness Centers
24 Hour Fitness
3301 E. Bell Road                                Phoenix     (602) 567-0240
9716 N. Metro Pkwy. W                                        (602) 281-1132
13220 N. Scottsdale Rd.                         Scottsdale   (480) 951-8883
4316 W. Bell Road                               Glendale     (602) 942-4434
Bally Total Fitness
12235 N. Cave Creek Rd.                          Phoenix     (602) 482-1151
15401 N. 29th Ave                                            (602) 993-3366
Castle Sports Club
11420 N. 19th Ave.                               Phoenix     (602) 331-2582
Club Fitness for Women
4030 E Thunderbird Rd                            Phoenix      (602)482-4348
Curves for Women
602 W. Union Hills Dr., Ste. 5                   Phoenix     (623) 869-7003
2313 E. Bell Rd.                                             (602) 765-3730
3101 E. Cactus Rd., Ste. A-1                                 (602) 404-2064
15440 N. 7th St. #6                                          (602) 993-4333
15820 N. 35th Ave.                                           (602) 789-7000
Gold’s Gym
14843 N. Northsight Blvd.                       Scottsdale   (480) 661-1022
Ironworx Gym
15010 North Cave Creek Road                      Phoenix     (602) 482-1413
Jazzercise Inc.
12228 N. Cave Creek Rd.                          Phoenix     (602) 992-1552
Krav Maga
3202 E. Greenway Rd. Ste.# 1635                  Phoenix     (602) 485-5728
La Camarilla Racquet Fitness & Swim Club
5320 E. Shea Blvd.                              Scottsdale   (480) 998-3388
LA Fitness Sports Club
11630 Tatum Blvd.                                Phoenix     (602) 404-4700
244 E. Greenway Pkwy.                                        (602) 863-3836
Lifetime Fitness
6850 E. Chauncey Ln.                            Scottsdale   (480) 538-9009
Pilates Institute of Scottsdale
5310 E. Shea Blvd.                              Scottsdale   (480) 250-2025
Pure Fitness
3202 E. Greenway Rd.                             Phoenix     (602) 482-6600
7330 E. Shea Blvd                               Scottsdale   (480) 348-0006
PVCC Fitness Center
18401 N. 32nd St. Building F                     Phoenix     (602) 787-7270
Snap Fitness Center
4855 E. Greenway                                 Phoenix      (602) 404-7098
Zenergy Yoga
16447 N. 91st Street, #105                      Scottsdale    (480) 628-1453
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                                    Grocery Stores
Albertsons
18411 N. Cave Creek Rd.                           Phoenix     (602) 604-0646
21001 N. Tatum Blvd.                                          (480) 342-8231
10665 W. Tatum Blvd.                                          (480) 443-3098
4747 E. Greenway Rd.                                          (602) 788-0558
8035 N. 19th Ave.                                             (602) 678-0895
15660 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.                Scottsdale   (480) 451-9825
Bashas’
731 E. Union Hills Dr.                            Phoenix     (602) 652-9520
4727 E. Bell Rd.                                              (602) 482-7178
1625 E. Glendale Ave.                                         (602) 266-2434
10631 N. 32nd St.                                             (602) 996-1040
20745 N. Scottsdale Road                         Scottsdale   (480) 419-8839
Food City
3202 E. Greenway                                  Phoenix     (602) 253-0087
Fry’s                                             Phoenix
3246 E. Bell Rd.                                              (602) 765-4600
18420 N. 19th Ave.                                            (602) 993-5960
4724 N. 20th St.                                              (602) 263-0766
4842 E. Bell Rd.                                              (602) 867-0353
731 E. Bell Rd.                                               (602) 375-0475
4707 E. Shea Blvd.                                            (480) 367-3990
4025 E. Thunderbird Rd.                                       (602) 953-1615
2727 W. Bell Rd.                                              (602) 896-2500
6321 E. Greenway Pkwy                            Scottsdale   (480) 368-8930
20427 North Hayden Road                                       (480) 419-2240
Safeway
13440 N. 7th St.                                  Phoenix     (602) 547-1288
18631 N. 19th Ave.                                            (623) 492-0165
29834 N. Cave Creek Rd.                                       (480) 563-9335
3131 E. Thunderbird Rd.                                       (602) 971-2137
550 E. Bell Rd.                                               (602) 863-4194
4857 E. Greenway Pkwy.                                        (602) 996-5635
6510 E. Greenway Pkwy.                           Scottsdale   (480) 991-3317
10773 N. Scottsdale Rd                                        (480) 948-6446
Sprouts Farmers Markets
12415 N. Tatum Blvd.                              Phoenix     (602) 971-4177
8040 N. 19th Ave.                                             (602) 854-6130
Sunflower Market
245 E. Bell Rd.                                   Phoenix     (602) 218-4949
Trader Joes
4821 N. 20th St.                                  Phoenix     (602) 912-9022
9640 N. Metro Pkwy.                                           (602) 371-0167
7555 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.                 Scottsdale   (480) 367-8920
Whole Foods
10110 N. Tatum Blvd.                              Phoenix     (602) 569-7600

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                   Important Phone Numbers

Emergency

Phoenix Police                               (602) 262-7626
(or in Emergency-- call 911)
Phoenix Fire Department                      (602) 495-5555
(or in Emergency-- call 911)
Center Against Sexual Abuse (CASA)           (602) 254– 6400
Arizona Child Abuse Hotline                  (888) SOS-CHILD
Child Protective Services                    (602) 265-0612
Community Information & Referral Services    (800) 352-3792
or                                           (602) 263-8856
Poison Control Center                        (602) 253-3334
Suicide/Crisis Hotline                       (480) 784-1500

Public Utilities

Arizona Public Service                       (602) 371-7171
                                             (800) 253-9405
City of Phoenix Water                        (602) 262-6251
Cox Communication                            (623) 596-1000
Salt River Project                           (602) 236-8888
South Gas                                    (602) 861-1999
or                                           (800) 873-2440
Qwest                                        (800) 244-1111

Miscellaneous

Arizona Republic/Gazette                     (602) 444-8000
Motor Vehicle Division                       (602) 255-0072
Maricopa County Attorney                     (602) 506-3411
Maricopa Low Income Housing                  (602) 506-7387
Pet Licensing                                (602) 506-7387
Phoenix Transit                              (602) 253-5000
Tenant Assistance                            (602) 257-8615




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