Recent Asset living reviews
This is definitely more of an undergraduate apartment but the location is great and so are the amenities! The staff is very kind and responsive. It is also a bit more expensive than I would have liked (parking is $150 per month) but it is worth it for the convenience
The property is fine for student housing and it is close to campus.
A good deal, if you're looking near campus!
Great location (with proximity to tasty restaurants), and utilities and furniture are included in the rent. There are some issues with the apartment (e.g. faulty AC installation... can't permanently fix it without tearing out all the wiring in the apartment) but the maintenance team is very responsive and always there for a band-aid fix. Peaceful environment overall!
Aspen Syracuse Review
Aspen Syracuse Review
Good for the price
The price is worth it for the shuttle to campus in the winter and nothing extra for utilities. This includes a $20/month allowance for electricity, so if you're okay with having your apartment a little cooler in the winter (69*) and warmer in the summer (74*), you won't go over your allowance to pay your heating bill. Having your own bathroom is also a plus.
That being said, Management doesn't take roommate matching into account at all, and the apartment building isn't the most secure. However, if you keep your wits about you and don't leave any visible property in your car, you'll be fine. Building 1 is also near a busy street, so it can be a little loud when trucks go up and down the road.
Wait to sign a lease until they promote a good signing bonus, like a month of free rent, a gift card, and/or free covered parking for the year. Those are usually posted on their Instagram.
X Denver Review
Great if you like being downtown
I spend a lot of time downtown because all my friends live near there.
It gets the job done, but there are better options out there
The Icon provides the essentials, but given the price relative to its quality, it just isn't worth it for me.
The apartments come furnished, and all of the utilities (water, electricity*, cable, and internet) are included in rent, which is a plus to a certain extent. It's certainly nice to not have to deal with furniture when moving. However, the furniture in my apartment was pretty dingy—I don't sit in the armchair because it's so dirty—and the TV is on its last legs. The ISP is some bargain bin provider, so the speeds are a pretty abysmal 100 mpbs up/down at the absolute best. (Also, an aside about the internet: if you prefer managing your own home network, find an apartment somewhere else. You cannot do that here.).
*You get a $60 "allowance" that goes towards the electricity bill, but I have yet to have to pay anything extra for this, even with the A/C running almost constantly.
The appliances, while fairly new, are also bargain bin items, but they get the job done.
Roaches are a problem, but the management appears to make a good faith effort to manage them. I saw at least 10 scurrying around my apartment within the first day or two of living there, but I've seen only one or two in the month since they had a pest control guy come out. For Houston, I think they're doing pretty well on this front.
Weekends can be pretty annoying for people who prefer quieter places. My apartment faces an interior courtyard and a pool, and naturally, people like to congregate there and play loud music into the early morning hours (sometimes even on weeknights!). This really gets on my nerves. However, this is a consequence of living in an apartment complex that caters to students.
Management charges extra for parking ($60/mo. for reserved space; $30/mo. for non-reserved spaces). This took me by surprise when I first moved in. I've also heard that the towing company that patrols the garage is pretty aggressive.
One of the things that chafes me the most about this apartment complex—and this is purely a personal concern—is just how far it is away from everything except for school. The nearest HEB is about a 20-minute drive away, and it's at least the same time to get to any non-fast-food restaurant. As someone who enjoys cooking and going to restaurants, this gets on my nerves every time I venture out to go grocery shopping or get out for dinner.
All of these things come at a price tag of $1500+ per month for a single-bedroom apartment. For the neighborhood this is in and for the concerns I've written above, this is simply way overpriced. Currently, I can find (and in hindsight, should have found) much better apartments in much better locations for a comparable price.
If all you really care about is living close to school and not having to move with furniture, then this is the place for you. But if you share any of the above concerns, then you're almost certainly better off looking elsewhere.
Decent and close to campus
Really, the location can't be beat. Not all the units have this, but we have a mountain view, which is absolutely beautiful. It's in a great neighborhood that's good to walk and bike in. Campus is nearby, and it's easy to walk or take the bus. The main con of this apartment is the temperature problems. We're on the third floor, and it is like a sauna in the two bedrooms--even in the winter, when it's freezing outside! So, our fans are constantly on, and usually a window or two is open. In the warmer months, it's miserable. I can also hear everything my downstairs neighbors do or say. But the noise is bearable, even if a little annoying.
There are better places for this type of money. I wouldn't rent here again.
Bad, the management, the people who live in the complex and don't clean up after themselves. Not to mention it is not secure at all. Very unsafe area!
It used to be good
Aspen was the cheapest of the "student apartment complexes." I liked it because it was fully furnished, included everything and had a shuttle to campus that ran from 7 to 10 which made the transition from the south to the north a lot smoother. I really liked living there my 2L because they decreased my rent and gave me covered parking as part of my renewal package. I chose not to renew for 3L because prices jumped and the quality of staff and amenities decreased. I was looking to spend more money 3L because I wanted to move to a 2bd-room and was going to bring a friend in to live with me, but the atmosphere there just wasn't worth it. Living around undergraduate students was annoying. I also did not like the way my roommates and I were treated upon move-out. They automatically assumed things without looking into the facts of each our situations resulting in 2 of us getting outrageous move-out charges that were obviously due to a different roommate who was leaving. There were weeks trying to get in-touch with Aspen that neither of us heard back from. Eventually someone did reach out and the situation was settled, however if they had just asked it would have never been an issue in the first place. The one thing I did like is that in every survey I complained about the lack-lusted plowing of the parking lots, the plowing did improve as I continued to reside there. Lastly if you're living in anything but a 1bd, don't believe the hype about the rooms (especially the closets) being large, they are good sizes but definitely not "big/large."
The location is great and they are affordable. There are no amenities to the apartment complex besides the one free parking spot. There is no gym, they aren’t pet friendly and charge so much for additional parking spaces.
horrible place to live. screws you over. they tried to kick out international grad students in the middle of a pandemic for the two week turn period because they were simply moving to another apartment on the 4th floor. I let them sleep on my floor for two weeks and then the landlord retaliated against me for it with charges.
DO NOT LIVE HERE
I have never met such disrespectful, intruding landlords. If you’re going to spend this much on rent, you’re better off at one of the other major student housing complexes (Theory, Marshall, etc).
These people have come into my apartment without notice, have attempted to fine me for things I never did, and do not maintain the units properly. Additionally, half of their staff do not wear masks during a PANDEMIC!
Don’t live here unless it’s your last resort.
With a roommate, the apartment is quite affordable for Boulder. There are several bus stops by the apartment which makes it very easy to hop on a bus to CU, the airport, or Denver. The only utility I have to pay outside of the full price of rent is electricity. I would recommend this apartment for someone who is looking for a cheaper alternative with easy access to public transportation. One complaint I have is that some parts of the parking lot are a bit small which makes it difficult to park and difficult to get out of my spot.