October 7th, 2012

Fall Housing Fun

It was crowded before the event even started at last Wednesday’s Fall Housing Fair hosted by Off Campus Life from 11:00am-2:00pm in Festival.

Students learned about the differences between the developments and began deciding on the right fit for them. “It’s nice,” remarked Freshman Kinesiology major Carley Taylor, “I thought most of the housing would be gone already.”

Taylor has a right to worry. One of the newer developments, Aspen Heights, battled a frenzy of students surrounding their booth. “We’ve already began leasing, and it’s going very well. So we do anticipate the houses quickly filling up.” Said Aspen Height’s Sales & Marketing Manager Blakely Bosket. “One of our properties in Texas filled up in six days and another one in ten, so it’s a really fast growing, fast pace market this fall.”

Students are particularly excited about the Five bedroom prospect with prices starting at $539 a month. They will also have two bedrooms starting at $609, three bedrooms starting at $549, and four bedrooms starting at $539— same price as the five bedroom. “Aspen Heights looks really good, but it’s expensive,” said Taylor.

In the first 20 minutes Aspen Heights had passed out about 250 shirts. “We really Just want to get in touch with the James Madison Community so we’ve been trying to reach out as much as we can just to have a presence and it’s worked out really well so far for us,” said Bosket.

Other developments present were University Fields, Copper Beech, South View, Sunchase, Stonegate, North 38, Squire Hill, Charleston, etc. Overlook, a lesser known, relatively new apartment complex, was also present. Along with Aspen Heights, particular interest was shown in Copper, Charleston, and the currently expanding Campus View.

The swarm of students began to segment after pollinating each booth with their email in exchange for free stuff. “Next year I’ll be a junior and I really want to start transitioning into a real life outside the dorms,” said sophomore Computer Science major Ian Blake.

If you missed out on the fall housing fun consider talking to your RA about setting up in your dorm the event “JMU life”, a program designed by OCL to help you understand the process of moving off campus.

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