FAQ

common questions about University House

What is University House?

University House is a high-quality Birmingham community designed especially with University of Alabama at Birmingham students in mind. University House features a variety of spacious, furnished apartments plus a full set of community features such as a clubhouse, pool, fitness center and more. All just minutes from campus.

Is University House part of UAB?

University House is a privately owned and professionally managed community. Click here for more information about the management and ownership.

Can I live with friends, or can you match me with roommates?

You can select your roommate(s), or you can apply on your own and we can match you with other students. Applicants answer a short list of lifestyle questions to help in the matching process.

What are per-person contracts?

Instead of requiring all roommates to sign a joint lease, each person at University House has their own individual contract, with one person per bed space. This means you are only responsible for paying for yourself — not your roommates. Even if a roommate moves out or other bedrooms in your apartment are empty, you only pay the rate for your bedroom.

What is included in the rate?

Each resident at University House pays a flat rate that includes:

  • Furnishings
  • High-speed Internet
  • Satellite TV
  • Water/sewer
  • Washer and dryer in each apartment
  • 24-hour emergency maintenance
  • Community features – pool, fitness center, clubhouse, etc.

What size are the apartments?

The spacious accommodations at University House range from 1 to 4 bedrooms, with private bathrooms for each bedroom.

Are the apartments furnished?

Yes, all apartments at University House have a furniture package that includes a full-size bed, stackable dresser, desk and chair in each bedroom, plus a sofa, chair, coffee table, end table and entertainment stand in each living room. To see a sample of the furniture and other finishes, please visit our model home.

When do the contracts start and end?

The standard term is August 18, 2018 to July 30, 2019, with payments made in 12 equal installments. Limited alternate terms may be available; please inquire with our staff.

Can I pay by credit card?

Yes. Residents can pay online 24 hours per day, by credit card or ACH electronic checking. University House also offers automatic payment by either credit card or checking account — just fill out one page, one time, and payments will be made automatically. There is a convenience fee for one-time online payments – this should read credit or debit card payments, but automatic recurring payments – this should read ECheck or ACH payments are always free.

Will my financial aid cover charges at University House?

Your living costs at University House can be covered by financial aid, just like on-campus housing. Any available financial aid funds, after university charges are satisfied, are released to the student for non-institutional expenses, such as off-campus housing. These funds can be used to pay charges at University House. Normal payment deadlines will continue to apply.

Is University House open to non-students?

Nearly all the residents at University House are students at UAB. The per-person contracts are also designed with students in mind. Nonetheless, University House is an Equal Opportunity housing provider and welcomes applications from non-students. Family members are welcome as well, subject to occupancy limits. Because of the need to match student roommates, non-students must apply together with enough roommates to fill the desired apartment.

What kind of safety and security are provided?

University House has monitored fire sprinklers, plus controlled-access entrances and individually locking bedroom doors. Community courtesy patrols are provided at select times. Management staff are also on-call 24×7 and can be reached by a 24-hour phone number.

What are the policies on pets, smoking and guests?

University House is a no-pets community. The community is smoke-free in all indoor areas. Guests are welcome at all times, subject to the consent of roommates and security considerations. Overnight guests are welcome, with limits on the number of days and guests.

Can I park my vehicle at University House?

University House offers optional controlled-access garage parking for an additional charge, plus limited free guest parking. Free parking is generally available on the streets surrounding the community.

What other transportation options will I have?

University House is just four blocks from the UAB campus. The MAX Transit bus stops at Regions Field is also just one block away.

Can I see a model apartment?

Yes. Please request an appointment for a personal tour, or just stop by to see us and we’ll be happy to show you the community.