By Jon Ryskamp
Representatives from BYU approved apartment complexes will be on campus today, Jan. 29, to educate students about their facilities during the BYU Housing Fair.
“I really don”t feel like driving around to all the different complexes,” said Jessie Elder, a freshman from Orem. “Having them located all in one spot is very convenient.”
In total, more than 25 apartment complexes and six management companies will hand out information to students at the fair.
“Most complexes start signing and actively looking for students this time of year for fall [semester] and for spring and summer,” said Pat Brann, Off-Campus Housing official.
The housing fair will be in the WSC Garden Court from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“What I like about the housing fair is that you can come right to the Garden Court and meet and ask questions to 30-something apartment complexes,” said Garry Briggs, Off-Campus Housing general manager.
Many housing complexes will be showing students photos of the inside and outside of their apartments.
“It gives students a chance to talk to the [apartment] management,” Brann said. “It is also a way for them to get to know our office better.”
This is the first time that BYU Off-Campus Housing has sponsored a housing fair.
“The biggest thing is trying to get the students to understand that Off-Campus Housing is a service to them by helping them find their housing for next fall,” Brann said. “Off-Campus Housing is not here just to make you live in an approved place. It is here to help you exercise your rights as a tenant.”
The housing fair will also offer students on-campus information about BYU Dining Services and On-Campus Housing.
BYU Dining Services will educate students about meal plans aimed at off-campus students. These meal plans are designed to save students time by letting them eat on campus quickly without having to return to their apartments.
The goal of the housing fair is to give students variety and to “give them a chance to compare and become a smart shopper,” Brann said.
“It”s exciting,” said Trisha Rackham, a freshman from Virginia. “It will give us information about the different apartments – our options for which one is cheapest and which is most comfortable.”