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ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS

What is Ion?

It’s a high-quality Tuscaloosa apartment community designed especially with University of Alabama students in mind. Ion features a variety of spacious, furnished apartments plus a full set of community features such as a clubhouse, resort-style pool, fitness center and more. All just minutes from campus.

Is Ion part of the University of Alabama?

Ion 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 Ion has their own individual contract, with one person per bedroom. 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. Click here to see a sample Housing Agreement.

What is included in the rate?

Each resident at Ion pays a flat rate that includes:

  • Furnishings
  • High-speed Internet
  • Satellite TV
  • Electrcity ($30/person/month allowance)
  • Water/sewer, trash disposal
  • Washer and dryer in each apartment
  • Community features – pool, fitness center, clubhouse, etc.
What size are the apartments?

The spacious accommodations at Ion range from 1 to 4-bedroom with a private bathroom for each bedroom.

Are the apartments furnished?

Yes, all apartments at Ion have a furniture package that includes a full-size, extra-long bed, set of two three-drawer dressers, desk and chair in each bedroom, a sofa, sofa chair, end table, coffee table, entertainment stand and TV in each living room. Plus, all residences also include a dining table and chairs. To see a sample of the furniture and other finishes, please visit our model residences.

When do the contracts start and end?

The standard term is August 17, 2019 to July 26, 2020, with payments made in 12 equal installments. Click here to see a sample Housing Agreement.

Can I pay by credit card?

Yes. Residents can pay online 24 hours per day, by credit card or ACH electronic checking. Ion also offers automatic payment by either credit card or checking account — just fill out one page, one time and payments will be made automatically. Convenience fees apply for credit card and debit card payments.

Will my financial aid cover charges at Ion?

Your living costs at Ion 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 Ion. Normal payment deadlines will continue to apply.

Is Ion open to non-students?

Ion 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 residence.

What kind of safety and security are provided?

Ion has a fire safety system with sprinklers, plus individually locking bedroom doors and electronic key system upgrade coming soon. Community courtesy patrols are provided at select times.

What are the policies on pets, smoking and guests?

Ion is pet friendly. 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 Ion?

Ion offers covered garage parking for residents for an additional fee.

What other transportation options will I have?

Located a half-mile from the University of Alabama, it’s a short ride to campus.

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.

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