I live in between Orlando and Tampa, and I can tell you that you would be hard pressed to find a decent sized apartment for less than $575/mo. I have a 1 br. apt where I live, and it's $665 a month. But it is huge, almost 900 sq. feet and in a more upscale area. Usually, when the apartments start going down in price below 550-600, it's not in the greatest area. If you go to www.rent.net
and type in the zipcode for Arnold Palmer (it's 32806), it will do a search of properties in the area. I looked up a couple that looked pretty nice. I also have a relative that lives in the Buena Vista/Disney area that has a great little apartment in a nice area. They are called Parc Vue. I don't go to Orlando too much so I don't know if that's close to APH or not.
Also, have you considered buying a house with a government loan? I think it's also called a HUD loan. You would have to check into all the eligiblity requirements and whatnot, but my husband's cousin built a 3 bedroom house in a great little community and his payments were around $600 per month. It's a great program if you qualify. It's just a thought, but to me, it would be so much better to pay towards something you will own instead of throwing your money away on rent...I would do it myself if I were able to! :spin:
Hope this information helps.