University Life to Hold Off-Campus Housing Fair

Posted: July 9, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: July 9, 2009 at 9:46 am

By Rashad Mulla

Graduate students and others seeking off-campus living options will get a good look at available housing near Mason on July 16.

University Life will host an off-campus housing fair in the Johnson Center Atrium, setting up shop in one of the Fairfax Campus’ most populated spots between 2 and 6 p.m.

This is the third fair of its kind this year. The first was April 16 on the Arlington Campus and the other was in Fairfax on May 6.

The session is open to anyone, but is timed to meet the need of graduate students, says Mark Kidd, associate dean of University Life.

“We don’t want to take away from our on-campus housing of course, because our goal is to have as many students as possible live on campus,” Kidd says. “But the reality is that we don’t have space for everyone, so we do what we can to make housing better for those who live off campus.”

[Eastern Shore, Mason’s newest student residence hall, will add 200 beds to campus by mid-October, bringing the total number of on-campus beds to approximately 5,000. An additional 400 beds will be added in summer 2010 with the completion of Hampton Roads.]

As of Monday, July 6, 17 different organizations had signed up for the fair, not counting Off Campus Partners, an independent Charlottesville, Va.-based company that works with universities to find affordable housing options for students. Many registrants will be showcasing multiple properties at their booths.

“We’re trying to make sure we have a wide variety of properties in terms of type and costs,” Kidd says.

He also says that last year’s off-campus housing fair, organized by the Office of Admissions, was a success and estimates that hundreds of people looking for housing could pass through the Johnson Center. Many of the same property owners featured last year are returning this year.

“I’m really hoping that there are some connections made at this event,” Kidd says. “We’re like the matchmaker, if you will.”

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