how parents can book an affordable and university central student dorm

how parents can book an affordable and university central student dorm

Parents' Corner

As a parent, you want what’s best for your child, especially when they’re living on their own for the first time. You are going through anxieties knowing that your child is going away shortly. Our goal is to ease some of those feelings by helping you and your child find accommodations. We understand that safety and security are of the greatest importance, which is why we provide you listings with as much information as possible, so that you can make the right decisions.

The Search

Start off by typing your child’s school in the search field, along with start and end dates. You will find that choosing one of the typical school start dates (when a school semester begins), such as September 1st , January 1st , or May 1st , will yield you the most results. While some complexes allow for midterm bookings, the majority do not

Your search results will be based on the proximity of the property to your child’s school, so you know exactly how far they will have to travel to get to class everyday. You can take those results and sort them by price, finding something that fits your budget. Furthermore, you can filter all of your results by using the advanced search, which enables you to see what services (meal plans, social events) and amenities (gym, terrace) each property offers.

We ask complex owners for the most up to date pictures, so use these to your advantage to assess the properties and make a decision that makes you most comfortable. As we grow, you will also be able to see how past students and parents rated their experiences.

how parents can book an affordable and university central student dorm

Types of Property

We only list furnished student-housing complexes. We focus on complexes because owners usually put an emphasis on security, understanding who their cliental is. While nothing is guaranteed, as a parent, you can feel as secure as possible knowing that a student-housing complex generally offers more in the way of security, as opposed to an apartment building, or single house. For example, most complexes offer Resident Assistants (R.A.’s), who monitor multiple students as an additional layer of security

Resident Assistants are a feature only found in student housing complexes and are imperative in helping students transition from leaving home to living on their own. Any issues, whether personal or secular, you'll feel a sense of calmness knowing that someone is there to answer questions, even if it is a simple cooking question. You can see how many R.A’s there are per student, allowing you can find a ratio that makes you most comfortable.

Another reason we only list student-housing complexes is that parents feel most comfortable knowing that their child is living amongst others who are close in age, with similar anxieties, such as upcoming midterms or difficult final exams. These types of issues seem surmountable and secular goals achievable, knowing that others are having the same apprehensions.

Complexes also offer many services and amenities geared towards students, which help ease their transition. As a parent, that gives you ease of mind. You will many listings with meal plans, study rooms, theaters, and music rooms. These types of services make your child feel like they have a home away from home. Use the advanced search options to find exactly which services and amenities are most important to you and your child.

Student-housing complexes often offer social events to help your child meet other people and refine their social skills. This feature helps develop your child’s confidence, while exposing them to different cultures. Parents will afterwards see a noticeable change in maturity and well roundedness that is often the result of these social programs.

how parents can book an affordable and university central student dorm

Accommodations

All our listings are furnished. The reason we ensure that the units are furnished is to alleviate stress on both students and parents. No one wants the hassle of being in a new city and having to find a store, moving the items, then building the furniture, only to sell it at a deep discount in a few short months. Although the listings advertise fully furnished rooms, many do not include absolutely everything that you need. Make sure that you know what is and isn’t included in each of the rooms, and be sure to bring the following:

1. Bedding (including blankets, pillows, bed sheets) 2. Kitchen supplies (if you need to)
3. Personal supplies
4. Hygiene products
5. Hangers
6. Enthusiasm and excitement!

Please check our FAQ page to see what is defined as furnished and be sure to read the room and building descriptions to ensure that you are reserving a room in a complex that gives you peace of mind. Our listings vary in type, size, and number of roommates, so there’s something for everyone!

The Leasing Process

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3, when you find something you like and want to reserve: 1. Fill out the Tenant information section 2. Complete the Guarantor section, entailing who will be responsible for the payment of rent in case your child cannot pay (this often falls on the parents) 3. Provide an online payment that will serve as the first month’s rent

how parents can book an affordable and university central student dorm

Within 48 hours of this payment, you will receive a lease from the landlord. You then have 48 hours to sign it and send it back. We only send landlords their money when the lease has been signed. You must make sure that you sign within the 48-hour delay provided, as after that period, your reservation cannot be guaranteed and there are no refunds.

how parents can book an affordable and university central student dorm

The Interest Questionnaire

At the end of the sign up procedure, there is an optional interest questionnaire for your child to fill out. We forward that information to the complex so that they can put your child with other students who have similar interests. Though not compulsory, this can help your child feel more at home in their new surroundings, which in turn makes you feel more comfortable.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, comments, or both, never hesitate to contact us at 1 – 844 – 4MY DORM. We understand that this is a big moment for both you and your child. Any further information we can provide you to help you make your decision would be our pleasure. We pride ourselves on our knowledge of dorms and our first class customer service. We are available 7 days a week, from 9am to 5pm EST. You can also check out our FAQ’s by clicking this link, or chat with us during business hours by using our live chat feature (orange tab on your right).



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