Pet Tips for When You’re Apartment Hunting

University Park Dog Park

Finding a good, welcoming apartment is essential when you have a furry roommate! When searching for the best place to live, you’ll want to be sure your home caters to both your needs and your pet’s. 

Whether it’s exploring the surrounding area or choosing which floor to live on, take both you and your pet into consideration!


The breed of your pet is important when looking for a home since different breeds require different types and amounts of care. Some pets may fit better to a certain environment than others would. Some complexes may also have breed restrictions, so be sure to do your research and ask around before committing to a place just in case your pet is on that list. 

Some pets prefer to lounge around like cats or some breeds of dogs. Other breeds love getting plenty of exercise and would thrive in an environment with trails surrounding the area or even a pet park! Do some research on your specific breed to see what they need to live their best life.


Speaking of exercise, when looking at an apartment, look for one that has space for you to walk your pets. Look for things like large grassy areas, trails nearby, and maybe even a complex with a pet park! Try to keep them occupied with a few high-intensity activities per week. 

Remember to keep them on a schedule! That way they can expect when they’ll be taken out and know when it’s playtime. Grab some breed appropriate toys from local pet stores like Pet Supplies Plus or PetSmart!


When searching for a place for you and your pet, aim for the first floor. Especially if you have a puppy, they’ll need frequent trips to the bathroom. You may also want to consider looking for places that have a dog or pet park. Here at University Park, we have two fully equipped dog parks so your best friend can safely run around obstacles with peers their own size!

Heading out for a night with your friends? Bring them along too! There are plenty of pet friendly bars around Knoxville like Brickyard Brewery and Cool Beans. Or if you enjoy doing other activities or have other hobbies, search places around your area that allow you to bring your pets!


Most places require a pet fee in order to have them in your apartment. When asking around, be sure to take any fees and extra rent into account. 

With all pets, accidents are bound to happen, especially if you get a puppy! It’s a smart move to save a little extra for any damages that you may need to cover after moving out. 

By: Lalita Tinari, Leasing Consultant

Top 10: Why to Live at University Park

10 reasons to live at University Park

When looking for a new place, there’s usually a list of “must-haves” people keep in mind while touring apartments. Some people like to be close to downtown, while others want to be able to come home to a quiet environment where they can kick back and relax. 

Whether you’re looking for a pet friendly home or a place to meet new people, University Park has a little something for everyone!

10. Friendly Staff

When looking for an apartment, having an on-site staff that you can communicate with can make a big difference.  We want you to trust us to not only create an environment where you can voice your concerns but also to just stop in to say hello or relax! Don’t avoid the office, interacting with our residents is one of our favorite parts of the job.

9. Cable/WiFi

With our society becoming more digital, today’s renters rate reliable cable and internet at the top of their list in terms of importance. Gigabit internet and cable are easily accessible to you and included in your rental installment, so you’re able to focus on other things like homework and catching up on your favorite shows.

8. Interactive Community

We love when our community gets together and participates in our resident events. Between events like Breakfast-on-the-Go to Super Bowl watch parties, we’re always looking for different ways to have fun. Follow our social media pages and keep us updated on things you’d like to do too!

7. Space

With individual leasing, it’s important to have your own space. At University Park, having your own bedroom, shared common space, and access to a number of amenities means you’ll have plenty of it! You’ll also get raised beds, plenty of closet space and the ability to put up all the shelves you want (without having to use command strips)! 

6. Fully-Furnished

No furniture? No problem! We’re a fully furnished complex. In the bedroom, we provide everything including a dresser, desk, chair, mattress and bedframe. You’ll also have access to kitchen appliances, couch, armchair, coffee table and even a washer and dryer!

5. Amenities

Looking for something to do on the property? We have a little something for everyone for whatever your interests are! You can lounge by the pool and work on your tan. If it’s winter, you can take the opportunity to use our tanning room! You can set up a movie date in the clubhouse and relax or study in one of the desk nooks. You can join in on some competitive fun in our volleyball court. 

You’ll also have access to: our 24-hour business center, gym and cardio center, pet park (for large and small dogs), hammock gardens, and fire pit. As for everyone’s favorite, stop by the clubhouse for a hot cup of joe from our Starbucks machine!

4. Pet Friendly

Those of you bringing your furry friends, University Park is the place for you and your pet. There’s a one time only $400 Pet Fee and no pet rent. Take them to the pet park to run around and enjoy the sun. Or if you’d like some company, join our pet group chat when you move in, and you can even schedule puppy playdates with other residents in the community!

3. 24/7 Emergency Maintenance

Here at University Park we also offer a few additional services like 24-hour emergency maintenance, weekly pest control and even an on-site Courtesy Officer. You can count on our maintenance team to help out any time in the event of a flood, electrical issue or if you experience any issues with your HVAC unit. 

2. Convenience

Everyone wants to live in an area that is conveniently located. Our complex is only about 3-5 minutes from Downtown and the University of Tennessee’s campus where you can enjoy the farmers market, nightlife and access to all sorts of events. We’re also a stop on Knoxville Area Transit’s bus line that’ll take you to and from Neyland Stadium right from the property. 

We also give you access to pay your rent online and enter maintenance requests directly through your resident portal! You can check balances, set up auto payments, and access a calendar of that month’s resident events.

1. Best Rates in Knoxville

We often get asked, “What’s the best part about living at University Park?” We have the best rates in Knoxville with the best value! Cable, internet, and trash are all included in your rent, so you only have to worry about utilities, which you can also pay through your resident portal!

Visit our website or call (865) 409-2955 to schedule a tour or contact us about our awesome specials!

By: Lalita Tinari, Leasing Consultant