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What types of housing are available for students?


There are many options for students looking for housing and the first choice to make is on-campus or off-campus.  When you think of on-campus living the positives of being close to class, friends, and the dining hall can be outweighed by the prospect of living in a residence hall old enough to have housed your parents and sharing a closet-sized bedroom with a roommate who may have a totally different schedule and idea of cleanliness.


When choosing among off campus housing options students can select from traditional multifamily apartments, houses near campus, and student apartment communities.



Multifamily apartment communities have many advantages over on-campus housing, among them are greater space, amenities, and privacy.  Drawbacks include splitting utility bills with roommates and being on the hook for 100% of the rent, even your roommates portion.



Renting a house near campus comes with great freedom to host guests and entertain in your space plus the benefit of not sharing walls with neighbors however many of these houses near campus are not managed by expert property management firms meaning maintenance requests may not be handled quickly or professionally.



If you’re looking for a luxury apartment close to FSU, look no further than North by Northwest. This innovative apartment community features amenities such as a large clubhouse, a luxury pool area and so many more great features to make your time at FSU a delight.  Along with these great amenities, North by Northwest also has large, open floorplans and the opportunity to live with others without sharing responsibility for one another’s rent. Schedule your tour today to see everything North by Northwest has to offer.

What is the advantage of an individual lease?

An individual lease provides each you with your own separate lease agreement and responsibility for only your lease obligations.  By signing an individual lease, you and your guarantor avoid the hassle of being responsible if a roommate doesn’t pay their rent.

How can I connect with roommates?

Everyone is looking for something different in a roommate situation. On one hand, you and a group may have decided to find an apartment where you can live together. On the other, you may be eager to make new friends and meet new roommates. We can happily accommodate both scenarios. If you are looking for roommates, we offer a unique roommate matching service. We aim to pair students with similar interests using our perceptive roommate-matching questionnaire. The goal is always to blend similar lifestyles and preferences and create fulfilling friendships among residents. While preferences are strongly considered, matching is based on availability and preferences cannot be guaranteed. We recommend prioritizing those items that are of greatest concern to you.

Is there a professional support staff on site?

Cardinal Group Management operates over 150 student apartment communities across the nation.  Our size and experience aptly equip us with the people, resources, and power to run our communities at the highest quality standard.  Within our on-site leasing office is a full-time team whose job is to facilitate the leasing process and manage the resident experience.  Our service personnel are a dependable and hands-on team dedicated to routine property maintenance and after-hours emergency calls. Residents are encouraged to make requests for maintenance assistance through the convenient online resident portal, by phone, or in-person at the leasing office.  Many students also vie for positions as Community Interns at our communities.  Nicknamed “CIs”, students in this coveted role help with leasing, resident events, and administrative tasks.  They also serve as liaisons, providing genuine, consistent, and valuable feedback from the residents’ perspective.

Are there any additional features included in the rate?

Your monthly installment includes an all-access pass to North by Northwest’s incredible amenities, resident events, and unrivaled service.  You’ll enjoy free general parking, access to campus transit, and water & sewer is included.  Inside your apartment you’ll have a full furniture package, a private lockable bedroom and bathroom, and plenty of space to study and entertain friends.

What should I expect for move-in day?

Move-in day is always an exciting experience and with fully-furnished apartments and elevators in every building. Cardinal Group Management has worked tirelessly to streamline the move-in day process and make it as easy for you as possible.  Simply come to the leasing office at your appointed time on move-in day with your ID to pick up your keys and get settled in.  Be sure to bring proof of insurance, the account number of your newly established electric account, and a check or money order for your first installment of rent and any applicable security deposits if you have not already done so.  Pro tip: turn in those items ahead of move-in day to speed through the check-in process.  If you have questions on the insurance requirements or your rent or security deposit amount simply call the leasing office and one of our friendly associates will help. Proof of utilities is also needed prior to move in.

Why North by Northwest?

Living at North by Northwest offers the very best in student apartments near FSU. At no other community can you enjoy all of these benefits:

  • Controlled access to all buildings and clubhouse for peace of mind
  • On site courtesy patrol nightly from 9 PM – 5 AM
  • 24 hour computer lab and fitness center for late-night study sessions
  • Two stand up tanning beds available for use at no additional cost
  • Five luxury cabanas at our pristine resort style pool – great for lounging poolside
  • Wi-Fi throughout the entire community suitable for school work and play
How does an installment lease work?

Our lease term is approximately 11.5 months coinciding with the university’s academic calendar and the total rent for the year is based on that period of occupancy.  For your convenience the total balance of the lease is divided into 12 equal installments due at the first of each month.  These installments do not represent a monthly rent amount and are not prorated.

How do lease guarantors work?

All residents are required to have a guarantor for their lease to financially guaranty the lease obligations.  The guarantor must meet minimum credit and income requirements and sign the guarantor addendum to the lease.  In the event a student cannot provide a qualified guarantor an additional security deposit will be required.

Do I need renter’s insurance?

Cardinal Group Management requires $100,000 in liability insurance coverage for each resident.  While residents are free to select any insurance vendor for the coverage, we have partnered with Multifamily Insurance Partners to offer the required liability insurance coverage to our residents at a very competitive rate.  MFIP also offers optional renters insurance to cover residents’ personal possessions.  For more information on the coverage available, visit MFIP’s website.

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