Hi! Just wanted to let everyone know that there are alternatives to living on campus at Ringling, whether you don't actually receive housing, can't afford it, or simply don't want to spend the money.
My partner and I have a student rental business, with over 18 houses and 60 furnished rooms for rent. We rent to 99% Ringling students, as most of our properties are 1 block away form Ringling, and are located on a complex of property all next door to each other. Some other houses that are not on the complex are only a couple of blocks away from the school, and still others are about 1/2 mile away. Our rentals are more than just a place to live, we have a funky little student community with lots of amenities. Fire pit, outdoor movie screen, (we have movie nights under the stars) pool room lounge, basketball court, community garden...ect. But one of biggest amenities is simply being able to walk, skateboard, or bike to school.
Rent per room (you always get your own room) starts at $500 per month, furnished, with all utilities included. That is $100-200 cheaper than on campus rates for 2008-2009.
Check us out at http://www.sarasotaoffcampus.com for more details and visit
http://offcampus1.myphotoalbum.com for our picture site to see our rentals.
Thanks, and good luck to all!