Thursday, October 2, 2014

Students preview off-campus living

Students getting ready to branch out from living on-campus, as well as those ready to graduate but not ready to leave Lynchburg, came out to the Apartment Fair hosted by Liberty’s Office of Commuter Affairs.

The apartment fair was held in DeMoss Hall on Monday, March 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 20 apartment communities were represented at the fair for students to become acquainted with. On- and off-campus students looking for a place to live were encouraged to attend in hope of finding a fit for an apartment community.

Along with apartment communities, two apartment resource organizations including Apartment Finder magazine and Lynchburg Guide Apartments, attended. In addition to these there was also one furniture company in attendance.

Liberty’s Office of Commuter Affairs has been planning the event since fall, and it is the largest event that Commuter Affairs runs on campus for students.

According to Senior Office Assistant Allie Edwards, the Commuter Affairs Apartment Fair has been expanding in the past few years.

“It gives the students a chance to get a feel for off-campus living,” Edwards said. “They get to look at all the different things that the apartments offer for packages, so it kick-starts them for next year.”

According to the Director of Commuter Affairs Larry Provost, approximately 1,200 to 1,500 residential students make the transition and move off-campus in the spring semester.

According to Associate General Manager Barbara Shelton, students should check every complex out because they all have something great to offer.

“We are excited to show our product and help the students with off-campus living,” Shelton said.

Students met apartment communities of all price ranges and standards of living. Many of the apartments represented were luxury complexes commonly known by Liberty students. Those representing each complex had informational packets, floor plans and layouts, along with rental applications on hand for students to take.

According to senior Jeff Pardine, students can afford to cut back on luxuries because they are to the simpleness dorm life.

“We’re both really looking for a place to get more work done and to get off the hall,” Pardine said. “There is a lot more than I thought there was in Lynchburg and I thought it was very limited, but there is a lot more here than I think most people know about.”

Many of the Lynchburg apartment communities offer public transportation as a convenience to students and residents. Other complexes, such as Willowbrook, offer unique amenities such as a lazy river pool, a tanning bed and car wash.

According to Wyndhurst Villas Property Manager Michael Ewers, they expect to gain several rentals from being a part of the Liberty apartment fair.

For more information on Liberty’s Office of Commuter Affairs email commuter@liberty.edu or visit them online at liberty.edu/commuter. Also, visit Commuter Affairs on Facebook at facebook.com/pages/Liberty-University-Commuter-Affairs.

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