The University Commons and Activities put on the Off Campus Living Fair in the Commonwealth Ballroom on March 27, 2014.
Multiple vendors, representing a large variety of off campus apartments and townhomes, passed out informational flyers and talked to students about their off campus living options.
The annual event was organized by Dominique Graves, the off campus assistant for university housing.
“Every year we put on this event for students looking to move off campus,” Graves said.
The event was created out of an overwhelming amount of student requests for off campus housing assistance.
“A lot of students were coming to us asking for help in finding a place of campus,” Graves said. “ We put on this event so they can talk to all the vendors first hand and compare prices, locations and other needs.”
Representatives from 8 ½ Canal, The Collegiate, Iron House Condominiums, Monroe Park Towers and Clachan Properties were only a few of over a dozen vendors participating in the event. Many of the vendors also had raffles, prizes and giveaways which students signed up for when they took flyers and brochures.
“There were a lot of vendors, and a lot of free stuff,” said freshman business major Relat Gabitov. “I feel like everyone is trying to find an apartment around this time, so this fair is very helpful to students.”
University representatives such as Graves were also available to talk to students about accommodating their needs in their search for off campus living, such as location, price, roommate matching, size and more.
“My roommate and I are looking for something affordable, but where we can both have our own bathroom,” said junior homeland security major Ammoni Roane. “It seemed like every option is either too far away, too expensive or sold out, so this fair was really nice and informative in helping students find what they’re looking for.”
By Hannah Khan