Retreat at Lake Tamaha



The Retreat at Lake Tamaha is Tuscaloosa’s only student housing community offering Craftsman-style cottage living with modern features and unsurpassed amenities that far exceed those of typical apartment complexes. The Retreat provides a true neighborhood atmosphere with expansive green space, offering residents more privacy and more opportunity for a well-rounded lifestyle. Come see for yourself why The Retreat is the very best in student living.

More than just a roof over their head, The Retreat provides an abundance of features and amenities that will exceed all of your student’s needs.


Built with the needs of college students in mind, The Retreat at Lake Tamaha offers a range of features and amenities that help promote both academics and socialization. The Retreat also offers private cottages with no shared walls, so neighbors are less likely to disturb one another. The Clubhouse makes studying convenient with a fully-equipped computer lab, library and group study rooms. And with high-speed internet and wi-fi capabilities throughout the community, accessing the internet couldn’t be easier. The Clubhouse, along with the large greenspaces throughout the community, also serves for both management-planned and spontaneous events that provide the opportunity to socialize without ever leaving the community.


In addition to the academic features, The Retreat offers the best amenities in the country for your student’s enjoyment. Featuring an 11,000 square foot Clubhouse with a state-of-the-art fitness center,a stadium-seating movie theatre, a virtual golf simulator, two clubrooms with fireplaces, multiple plasma screen televisions, gaming tables and a catering kitchen; Tuscaloosa’s largest pool; over six football fields of manicured greenspace; a fully-stocked 45 acre lake and boathouse; horseshoe pits; water and beach volleyball courts; an outdoor grilling pavilion; a putting green; an outdoor fireplace; basketball and tennis courts – your student will never run out of on-site entertainment options!


For the ultimate in convenience, The Retreat offers a free, private, University-operated shuttle to and from The University of Alabama campus. One of only two off-campus communities to offer this amenity, the shuttle will help get your student to class safely and on time, and they’ll never have to worry about finding a parking space!


The Retreat employs the following features for the added safety of your student:

  • Controlled community access, privacy fences and security cameras
  • Security systems included in all homes (monitoring not included)
  • Saflok® key system for added access control


The Retreat offers individual leases, which means added peace of mind knowing that your student and you are only responsible for their lease agreement.


The Retreat is Tuscaloosa’s most pet friendly community, with ample greenspaces, pet stations and cottage designs that ensure those without pets won’t be disturbed. We’re sure your student’s pet will love living at The Retreat just as much as your student does.


Many residents prefer to bring their own furniture, but in order to make living at The Retreat as easy as possible for those who don’t, The Retreat offers an optional furniture package. Please see leasing agent for details.


The Retreat cottages are built with your student’s lifestyle in mind, offering private bedroom and bath suites, spacious closets, full-sized appliances and washers and dryers. Cottages are also built with brick and Hardiplank® exteriors to ensure your student will live comfortably. Plus, our superior insulation provides both privacy and energy conservation, keeping the bills and the noise under control.


For students who are new to the Tuscaloosa area, The Retreat can assist and coordinate in matching potential roommates with similar interests and needs.


Depending on living arrangement needs and budget, The Retreat offers eight different floorplans for 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes.


Every residence at The Retreat is outfitted with the Saflok® System to ensure ultimate privacy and security. This system prevents key duplication, provides a record log of its use and allows any maintenance keys to work only during designated times.

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