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Housing

Scripps Florida, is located in the northern part of Palm Beach County, one of the most scenic and culturally diverse areas of the United States. It is known for its incredible natural beauty, vibrant culture and excellent weather; however South Florida is more than just year-round sunshine, picturesque palm trees, turquoise Atlantic waters and endless miles of beaches, it has a lower cost of living than many other major cities. To learn more about everything Palm Beach County has to offer, visit: http://www.palmbeachfl.com/.

A successful apartment search usually takes several days or weeks, particularly for neighborhoods very close to Scripps Florida.  Rent for a room or an apartment can range from $800 to well over $1000 per month. http://floridahome.palmbeachpost.com/ and http://miami.craigslist.org/pbc/ are good starting places for vacancies.

The adjacent Honors campus of Florida Atlantic University occasionally has temporary housing available in their dormitories. Email JupiterHousing@fau.edu or call (561) 799-8828 to inquire about availability.

Please consider the following tips for finding a place to live:

  • Determine the amount you can afford to pay in rent. Do not forget to include utilities such as cable, renter’s insurance, gas and electric, and water in your calculation. 
  • Determine the amount of space you need. The more space you need or want, the more it will cost. What other features are important to you, such as pet policies, proximity to public transportation, and/or laundry facilities?
  • Would you consider living with a roommate? If you are willing to share living space, you could save yourself several hundred dollars per month.
  • Determine how far you are willing to commute to school. Think about the neighborhoods in which you would like to live.
  • Check your credit report. You can request a credit report online from any of the three major reporting agencies. Some landlords or apartment complexes will not rent to people with low credit ratings. 
  • Prepare a list of names, address, and phone numbers of references and past landlords.
  • Please consider the following resources for finding a place to live:
  • Scan the apartment listings in the local newspaper.
  • Check online rental web sites.
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau for any complaints against the property management. Read reviews written by current and previous renters online.