Student Housing Tucson FAQ’s
Below is a list of the most Frequently Asked Questions. Click on any of the questions below to reveal to answer.
What are payment methods I can use to pay my invoices from Sahara?
For U.S. based students:
1) Our preferred method is to pay through the Intuit Payment System (IPS) a link to which is included in all of our invoices. This payment method is integrated into our accounting software so you will get immediate credit for your payment. It is totally free for your use, as we pay the cost of handling your payment through this system.
2) You can pay with your personal check, provided we receive the check at least 7 days prior to the due date of the invoice.
3) Pay by direct deposit into our bank account through your bank. Most banks these days offer easy and inexpensive ways to make a payment directly from your account to our account. However, this method might cost you a few dollars, while using the Intuit Payment Method is free to you and we pay the cost of using that system.
4) You can wire the funds to our account. Again this method normally does cost anywhere from $25 to $45 depending on your bank’s fee schedule.
5) You may pay by credit or debit card. However, if you pay by credit or debit card, we will add a special handling fee equal to 3% of the invoice amount. You will then have to pay this fee when you move in.
For International Students not yet in the U.S.:
1) Our preferred method of payment by International students is via International wire from your bank directly into our bank. If you pay by wired funds, please make sure that your bank includes your name in the wire instructions so we know who the payment is coming from and we can credit your account for it.
You may also send us an e-mail when you wire the funds telling us the date, amount of payment and the name of your bank that is initiating the wire transfer so we can credit your account correctly.
2) You may pay by credit or debit card. However, if you pay by credit or debit card, we will add a special handling fee equal to 3.25% of the invoice amount.
Who should I make my checks payable to?
How many apartments are there at the Sahara?
There are also two 1 bedroom 1 bath and two 2 bedroom 1 bath apartments.
These apartments are available for double occupancy and 12 month lease terms only. In addition we have a free standing Hotel Building, with 30 studio apartments. The Sahara Hotel is not a public hotel. It is reserved and marketed exclusively to the University of Arizona and the academic community, to provide reasonably price accommodations for short term visitors to the UA and other local colleges. In addition, Sahara Hotel is available to the family and friends of our residents who may wish to come and visit their family members who live at the Sahara Apartments, or those parents and students that may come to Tucson to attend Orientations, Family Week, Graduations, or other occasion requiring them to visit the campus of the University of Arizona.Additionally, once a year and due to shortage of hotel accommodation in Tucson during the “Tucson Gem & Mineral show” , and in cooperation with the “Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau” we make our hotel rooms available to the Gem Show visitors, from mid January to Mid February.
How big are the apartments and how do they compare to the UofA dorm rooms (Resident Hall)?
• 336 square-foot studios (single or double occupancy): 132 total
• 285 square-foot studios (single occupancy only): 7 total
• TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDIO APARTMENTS FOR LONG TERM RESIDENCY: 139
Dorm rooms at the UofA are typically 12’ by 12’, or 144 square feet. Sahara’s studio apartments are two to 2.5 times the size of the typical UofA dorm room. Also, at the UofA often times two or more rooms share one bath, and if there are any kitchen facilities, they are shared kitchens and not in the dorm room, or even nearby. Sahara Apartments provides a full bath and a kitchen in every apartment.
In addition to the above studio apartments, there are 2 one-bedroom, one bath and two 2 bedroom 1 bath apartments available. These are more spacious with their own laundry facilities (washer and dryer) a dishwasher, disposal, high-speed Internet connections, and 27” high-definition TV that works with our 30-channel satellite system. Three of these one-bedroom units have large balconies and all four are 2.5 to 3 times the size of our studio apartments. These apartments are designed to accommodate two students.
Is parking available at the Sahara Apartments?
While most of our residents live at the Sahara partly because of its close proximity to the UA campus located Less than one mile east of the Sahara, and the Downtown Campus of Pima Community College, located just 2 blocks north of the Sahara, we do provide alternatives to driving that are more economical. These include our shuttle service to and from the UA Campus every half hour, as well as our FREE bicycle program, where we will give you a bicycle you can use while you live at the Sahara at no cost. You just pay a fully refundable Security Deposit of $175 ($140 for the bicycle, and $20 for the lock, and $15 for the Night Light kit), which will be refunded to you when you return the bike. We even repair and maintain the bicycles. So, if you have a flat tire or if your breaks need adjustment, you just bring to bicycle back to us and we will either repair and return it to you, or if you need your bike right away, we will exchange your bike with another one that has been serviced and you can use right away.
Are there ADA compliant apartments students in wheelchairs?
Is the Sahara owned or operated by the University of Arizona or in any way affiliated with the University?
How are the studio apartments furnished?
All Sahara studios are equipped with a thermostat that controls the individual unit’s window type A/C units. All utilities are free with no limits so you can set the thermostat to whatever temperature is most comfortable for you. All units include adjustable window blinds, electronic dead bolt entry doors with programmable keys, and carpeted bedroom floors with coated concrete floors in the kitchen, bathroom, and entryway.
What should I bring to Sahara Apartments?
What are building amenities at the Sahara Apartments?
SECURITY SYSTEM: PERIMETER WALLS AND GATES: Our property has 80 security cameras located throughout the public areas of our buildings including all entrances and parking lots. These cameras are recording 24/7 and in if needed the recordings can be rewound and played back. The property is surrounded by a perimeter block wall and that wall is topped by wrought-iron railings. The perimeter walls are equipped with an infrared beam system and motion detectors which sound an alarm and notify the staff via cell phone if anyone scales any portion of the fencing. A designated staff member always carries a handheld computer which is capable of remotely connecting to the security camera recorders to rewind and review the cause of any alarm event and to take appropriate action as necessary.
ENTRY GATES AND KEYS: The main entry gate, the two side gates, all common areas and apartment door locks are controlled by an electronic key called an iButton, which are electronic, programmable, and cannot be duplicated. Entry to the parking areas is controlled by a remote control. All residents using our gated parking lot will have to get a remote control (a $30 refundable deposit is required for these remote openers) to enter the parking areas.
When a resident has a visitor, the visitor has to come to the main gate of the building on Stone Avenue and look up the name of the resident to be visited, and press the call button. This will cause the the resident’s telephone, whether a land line or a cell phone, to ring. The resident can then remotely open the gate for his/her visitor by pressing the 9 button on his/her phone keypad.
ON-SITE ACTIVITIES: Sahara Apartments main building includes a student lounge, exercise room, game room, and our state-of-the-art mini movie theater equipped with a 103” (diagonal) movie screen and the latest in surround sound and HDTV technology. You can reserve a time to watch your own DVD or VHS tape, or if the theater is free, stop in and watch your favorite TV show or a big game on our 250 channel satellite TV, including all HBO, Cinemax, Starz, & Showtime movie channels, as well as special sports packages, including our current offering of “NFL Sunday Ticket”.
Are there strict rules and regulations at Sahara?
How do I reserve a space at Sahara Apartments?
What does it take to financially qualify for a space at the Sahara?
If you cannot qualify based on your own resources and income, you may have your parents or guardian sign for you as a Guarantor. If these people wish to assist in qualifying you, then they will have to fill out an application and show that they have enough disposable income in addition to their own expenses to pay for your rent. Both in your case and in your parents’ or other guarantor’s case we request a credit report as a part of qualifying process.
Does Sahara Apartments offer optional payment plans for rent?
There are three categories of payment required when you lease at the Sahara:
Application fee: Required before your application can be given final approval.
Move-in costs: Consisting of refundable and non refundable portions, are due at the time of signing a lease.
Total contracted rent amount: Is due upon signing a lease.
However, we offer an optional payment plan for those student and their guarantors who are unable to make the full payment for contracted amounts required under their lease agreements. The installment payment plan is described below. For more details, please click on the tab labeled “Dormitory Price List” and read the notes on the second page following the table of prices.
For 12 month leases: Three partial payments throughout the year will be paid as follows:
20% of total contracted rent amount is due June 1. If lease is signed after June 1, then 20% of the total contracted rent amount is due at the time the lease is signed.
40% of total contracted rent amount is due August 15. Tenant will not be allowed to move in until this amount has been paid.
40% of rent is due January 15.
All above payments are non-refundable.
For month to month rentals:
At the time of signing the month to month rental contract