I moved into The Residents housing back on July 5th. I know, I know, this post is about 3 weeks late, but it’s been a busy three weeks. One of the downsides of moving all the time means that I don’t really have any furniture, so I spent the first week getting my apartment together. The last two weeks have been spent surviving ARCOM’s Anatomy Bootcamp, but that’s a post for another day.
The Residents are a set of new apartments built by the school, but I cannot stress this enough: They are NOT Dorms. For one, if you share an apartment with another roommate you split the rent evenly instead of some places that charge both students 10 grand even though they are sharing a room the size of a shoe box. Families can also live in the apartments, which I thought was nice. Pets are allowed too as long as they are less than 20lbs or a service animal. Though I believe it costs an extra 25$ a month on the rent.
The Residents also have a pool, exercise room, and 4 study rooms. In the Arkansas heat, the pool is bathwater warm, it’s lovely. The only real concession to being in a school owned building is that no open flames are allowed (i.e. no burning candles or having a grill). It’s more of an insurance thing then the school not trusting us, and they are putting in a grilling patio to make up for it.
According to their Facebook, there are 3 different floor plans for the one bedroom apartments and 3 different floor plans for the two bedrooms. I didn’t ask for a particular floor plan, but I’m really happy with the one I have. I’m always working in the kitchen, so the island is great. All of the apartments come with fridge, oven, microwave, and dishwasher, too.
I purchased my couch and the rest of my furniture about a week after I moved in. There is a surprising number of furniture stores in Fort Smith, so you will certainly be able to find something. Some of them even offer student discounts, so don’t forget to mention if you are an ARCOM student. I got my stuff from Ashley. I wouldn’t normally because they tend to be expensive, but I found everything but the couch in the clearance department. I highly recommend looking into the clearance section of any store you go to, I ended up getting my coffee table and 2 side tables for $118, and my hightop chair for $28.
So, ignoring the mess that is my closet, I also really like the walk-in closets. Considering that I need dress clothes and scrubs for school and then casual clothes for the weekend, I suddenly have so much darn clothing.
Which, speaking of clothes. Check out the washer and dryer that come with the units. Nice, right? Also vital, because after taking an anatomy lab you and your scrubs will stink of formaldehyde.
Overall I really like the apartments. Currently, for a 1 bedroom it is $875, for a 2 bedroom it is either $1200 or $1300 depending on your floor plan. Check out the brochure here. Depending on where you are from, this will either seem cheap or expensive. For the Fort Smith area, $875 for a 1 Bedroom apartment is expensive, but all utilities, plus cable and internet are included. Subtracting the cost of the utilities plus the gas I’m saving by walking to class, I really find it evens out, but there are plenty of options in the area. I know a lot of students that rent from The Havens, a community of houses right behind the school. You really just have to find what works best for you.