FAQ

common questions about The Cottages

What is The Cottages of Tempe?

It’s a high-quality Tempe community designed especially with Arizona State University students in mind. The Cottages of Tempe features a variety of spacious, furnished cottage-style apartments in a real neighborhood setting, with a full set of community features such as a resort-style pool complex, luxurious clubhouse with 24-hour fitness center, study spaces and more. All just minutes from campus, with a private shuttle bus service.

Is The Cottages part of the Arizona State University?

The Cottages of Tempe 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 The Cottages 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.

What is included in the rent?

Each resident at The Cottages pays a flat rate that includes:

  • High-speed Internet
  • Cable TV
  • Trash disposal
  • Washer and dryer in each apartment
  • Community features — pool, fitness center, clubhouse, etc.
  • Resident parking (available covered spaces)

What size are the residences at The Cottages?

The spacious accommodations at The Cottages of Tempe range from 3 to 5 bedroom floorplans, with a private bathroom for each bedroom.

Are the residences furnished?

All of the cottage residences at The Cottages of Tempe have an optional furniture package including a queen-size bed, dresser, bedside table, desk and chair in each bedroom, and a sectional sofa and armchair, end table, coffee table and entertainment stand in each living room. 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 11, 2018 to July 26, 2019, with payments made in 12 equal installments. Other alternate dates 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. The Cottages of Tempe 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 The Cottages?

Your living costs at The Cottages of Tempe 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 The Cottages. Normal payment deadlines will continue to apply.

Is The Cottages open to non-students?

Nearly all the residents at The Cottages of Tempe are students at Arizona State University. The per-person contracts are also designed with students in mind. Nonetheless, The Cottages of Tempe 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?

The Cottages of Tempe is a gated community, with electronic front door locks and individually locking bedroom doors. Community courtesy patrols are provided at select times. Management staff are also on-site 24×7 and can be reached by a 24-hour phone number.

What are the policies on pets, smoking and guests?

The Cottages of Tempe is a pet-friendly community beginning in August 2018, with limits on animals and breeds. 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 The Cottages?

The Cottages of Tempe offers free parking for residents, with limited guest parking available. Optional covered parking spaces are available at a small additional charge.

What other transportation options will I have?

The Cottages offers a private shuttle bus to and from the ASU campus every half hour on weekdays when school is in session during Fall and Spring semesters. The Valley Metro bus 30 also stops a block away, running to ASU, downtown Tempe and South Mountain Community College.

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.