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  • Roommates Gone Wild

    All of these back-to-school commercials are making me feel a little sick. I’m not really sure why—I always loved going to school. I sat in the seat directly behind the bus driver, after all. And yet my stomach still churns whenever I see a sale on spiral notebooks and jeans. Perhaps it’s the thought of summer ending—no more warm nights with the car windows rolled down, extra daylight or trips to...
  • Being Proactive in Dealing With ‘What’s Next’ for Student Housing

    It’s no surprise to those who own, operate, and manage off-campus housing communities that today’s college student, their parents, and the university all expect more out of the residential living-learning experience.  It begins with the experience of living on campus where today’s residence halls have gone through complete makeovers and renovations with regards to technology, finishes, and the...
  • Experiencing the International Flavor of Student Housing

    College campuses, like our country, are melting pots of cultures, ideas, personalities, beliefs, and religions. So, it’s no surprise that student housing companies must accommodate a wide variety of students from a wide variety of backgrounds. To be successful in today’s global society, student housing companies should provide residents with a living experience that takes into account their...
  • Housing Inspections: The Brilliance of a No-Surprises Strategy

    I once had a boss who told me it was my job to make sure he was never surprised. I thought that was odd, but over time I realized it was brilliant… because nobody likes a bad surprise. When it comes to student housing inspections, it’s likely that nothing would surprise your team. But your inspection team is probably not your major concern. It’s your student residents—and their parents— that...

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