Gideon’s Guide:

15 “Gideon Approved & Recommended” Essentials for Move-In Day.

Everyone always wonders what they should bring with them on move-in day, so I thought I’d save you the trouble and have curated a list of what I personally recommend.

  1. Philips Hue White and Color LED smart button starter kit

Though a little expensive, having your apartment hooked up with color lights is insanely cool, and there are much cheaper options, but Philips has the best integration system with your phone, and I promise you it is well worth it. Plus, it’s a great conversation starter!

2. 50 inch TCL 4K smart TV

I recommend having two of these in your living room! My roommates and I have two of them mounted in a stacked position, and it’s great being able to play video games together. Or if one person wants to watch a movie and the other wants to play games you can do that, all while still hanging out. And once again, great conversation starter!

3.) Laundry Basket

Don’t let those dirty clothes pile up on the floor!

4.) Shower Curtain and Liner

You should have no problem finding one you like at Walmart or Target! However, Amazon does have a ton of options if you still want to check it out!

5.) Rice Cooker

I always recommend getting a rice cooker! It makes cooking rice extremely easy, and it doesn’t have to be stirred or watched over. Just put the rice in with some water and it will take care of the rest!

6.) Britta

Always have a Britta in your apartment, the link is the one I personally use and have had for two years!

7.) Patio Furniture

If you and your roommates aren’t ones for hanging out on the patio/balcony, then you don’t need to worry about this one too much. But if you are, I would definitely pick up a set at the Home Depot in TigerTown! Or just check out Amazon!

8.) Mattress Topper

Always get a mattress topper! You can find some cheaper ones at Target or Walmart, but personally I’ve had a Lucid branded one for two years now and though it may be a little more expensive, I would never go with any other option!

9.) Dishes

Personally, my roommates and I strictly use paper plates and plastic utensils due to us being busy with school, or work. But you got to eat off something!

10.)  Pots & Pans

Eating out gets extremely expensive. You must learn to cook, no better time to learn either!

11.) Movie Theater style Posters

This one isn’t a must, but you should decorate and have fun with it! One of my personal favorites is movie posters, in some small way they kind of display what kind of person you are!

12.) Plastic Storage Bins

Having Plastic bins to store things and keep under your bed is a good way to keep your room organized and staying clean. Picking up a set of these is extremely essential!

13.) Bean Bag Chair

Having a bean bag chair is always a nice way to add a little character to the way you furnish your apartment. Though they are expensive, you never regret having one.

14.)  Flags

Having flags to hang is a great way to decorate, they take up lots of space on a wall, fairly cheap, and on top of that they’re the best way to show love for your school! 

15.) Throw Blankets

Always keep a throw blanket in your living room. Its always nice having one, especially for those movie nights in the winter!

Gideon Bainbridge

3 things you MUST do while in Auburn.

   As a military kid, I’ve lived all over the country but there is no place like home! The Plains have happily become one of my favorite places to live; from Skybar to Rolling Toomers here are 3 things you must do while living in Auburn.

SKYBAR

1: Skybar Karaoke:

     As cliche, as it sounds Karaoke night at sky bar, can be pretty fun! Especially when you surround yourself with some of your closest friends singing your favorite songs. 

Toomers Corner

2: Rolling Toomers: 

     When Auburn wins; one of the greatest traditions in college football is rolling Toomer’s corner! If you want to roll Toomer’s you may want to leave a little early (depending on the score of course) so you do not get caught up in a mountain of traffic and people all leaving at once. Personally I like to be one of the first there so I can see all the trees get rolled. There truly isn’t a sight like it.

3: Downtown eats: 

    Some of the best places to eat downtown have to be The Hound, The Acre, Hamiltons, and The Depot. And as you would probably guess they’re as expensive as they sound, but they are a great place to celebrate a birthday or go on a nice date with your significant other. 

   Auburn is a beautiful city with much more to do than these three things, but these are some things I wish I knew when I first moved to “The loveliest village on the Plains.”

Home Away From Home

From One Parent to Another,

I can imagine a parent’s worst fear is the day that their Auburn Student leaves the nest, off to college starting a new life and testing their own wings. Although this is the inevitable nothing can quite prepare you enough for that moment. The anxiety and pressures for both the parents and students can be overwhelming. Without a doubt moving away to college will be both the most terrifying and exhilarating time of a student’s life. There are so many unknowns but yet so many exciting adventures await. 

Auburn offers a little sense of relief by taking care of our own. The small town, family atmosphere is a force to be reckoned with. The passion and humility you find in Auburn is unwavering. Walking into your favorite restaurant or your off-campus student housing office they may greet you by name and a lot of people around town may even know your dog by name. That pride and connection that you feel with most others in Auburn during football season does not go away after the season is over. There is always a friendly “War Eagle” or some type of tiger pride shown each day. You gain bonus mothers, fathers, mentors, and life, long friends, while in Auburn. 

Home is a safe haven, a comfort zone, a place where you can always feel welcomed. As students come together from all over the world we create that bond, that love and safety net. We hold one another accountable and make life long memories.

I have always believed that home is a mindset and a feeling rather than a physical place. Once you become part of the Auburn family, this will always be a home away from home!

Vianna Dooley
Assistant Manager

I can tell you a lot!

I can tell you a lot of things about Auburn, AL. 

I can tell you that the winters are windier and colder than you would expect from a town so close to the Gulf of Mexico. I can tell you that the summers are hotter and more humid than a sauna and all that wind from the winter suddenly is nonexistent. I can tell you that it thunders on a completely clear summer night. That if you are expecting snow to close the town, that snow will probably drop between 2 AM and 3 AM. Making it incredibly difficult to get your Instagram pictures. 

I can tell you a lot of things about Auburn, AL.

I can tell you that the energy in this town shifts to a vibrant hue of technicolor on game day Saturdays. I can tell you that walking to campus never seemed easier than an hour before kickoff. I can tell you that tailgating with the people of this town is something that you will never forget. Nor, will you ever want to.

I can also, tell you a lot of things about Auburn University.

I can tell you that you’re probably going to fail your first biology test. You went in only thinking the Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.

I can tell you that you will definitely run out of dining dollars. There’s no way you can walk past a Chick-Fil-A and a Starbucks and not use your “monopoly” money on it.

I can tell you that the day you figure out Haley Center’s layout will be the happiest day of your sophomore year. (Hint: Four sounds like Foy so Quad 4 faces Foy Hall).

I can tell you a lot of things about Auburn University.

I can tell you that your professors are only human and are trying their best too. Go to office hours. I can tell you that class registration is most definitely not the end of the world.

I can tell you that those “old” upperclassmen begging you to get involved on campus are not overexaggerating, but are being honest.

I can tell you that being a part of this University and a proud citizen is more magical than you could ever imagine.

There are some things that I cannot tell you about Auburn. Or this University. But, I can challenge you, to find out.


The Auburn Family is one of the most close-knit communities that I have ever been apart of. The comradery, the jovialness, the understanding that this group of people gives out once you announce yourself as a resident or one of our beloved Auburn Tigers, is something you will never forget. Or never understand, unless you become a part of it.

-MK Bunker Class of ’20

It’s Great to be an Auburn Tiger…


Welcome to the Loveliest Village on The Plains located in god’s country! This is it, the place you will meet your forever friends.

Early on, I made a commitment that I was going to go all-in! Currently, that is exactly what I’m doing.

You’ll be stressed in the moment and it may seem like your pulling too entirely too many all-nighters in RBD . However, the rush of adrenaline that you get each time you roll Toomer’s corner seems to make it worth it.

We went to every home football game (can’t beat section 218). I ate at every typical Auburn restaurant (can’t beat Little Italy .I’ve even made my parents pockets hurt and shopped at almost every downtown store (can’t beat The Atelier).

What stood out to me the most was convocation. It first seemed a little scary but on the day before classes began, all freshmen were packed into the gym. This is where faculty and staff welcomed us into the Auburn family. After orientation, they put food on the concourse as people began to introduce each other.

It’s almost been a year, but the family I made at convocation is still trying to accomplish everything freshmen should. We try to watch as many sunrises and sunsets from the stadium parking deck. We ate lunch and dinner at Little Italy‘s. I’ve bought new clothes from The Atelier

The rest is history...

Finally, I’ll leave you with this I can’t say that we will have the same experiences. I do know that you’ll figure your own way through it. I also know that you’ll enjoy it because It’s Great to be an Auburn Tiger! 


-J.Pegram Class of ’23

COVID-19 RESPONSE

Our thoughts and concerns go out to everyone affected by COVID-19. Like many of you, we are closely monitoring developments surrounding the COVID-19 spread in the United States and abroad. A complete summary of the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on the CDC’s website. CDC

My main priority as the Property Manager is the safety of my residents and employees alike. Currently, we have closed all amenities and our leasing office to help limit the spread of the virus. This will affect residents in multiple ways.

All payments will need to be submitted electronically or mailed to the front office as we will not be accepting any method of payment in the office. For the next 60 days, the convenience fee for the online E-check option will be covered by us. This will allow you the option to pay rent with a method that is free and that also limits the possibility of exposure to all.   

For this method of payment, you will only need to have your checking and routing numbers. If you need help with setting this up, we will be more than happy to walk you through the process over the phone.

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EMERGENCY WORK ORDERS ONLY

Effective immediately we will only be completing emergency work orders. A general saying that we use to determine an emergency is anything “Fire, Flood, Blood, and HVAC” related.

Concierge maintenance will resume upon the return of our normal business operations. 

OFFICE HOURS

As of this moment, Staff will remain working in the office, but the Office will be closed to the public until further notice.   If you need to reach us please feel free to call or email. We will be opened during normal business hours.

You can reach us by phone at Phone:334-502-7300
Email: samfordsquare@3rdgroupproperties.com

We remain hopeful in the thought that these tough times will not last. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please feel free to reach out to any of the staff via text, phone, or email.

Our thoughts remain with each of you as we work together to remain safe.