New housing website debuts
Lansing Community College debuted a brand new website Nov. 10 to assist students and staff who are seeking housing in the Lansing area.
LCC has joined forces with Off Campus Partners, headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., to bring the service to the LCC community. Off Campus Partners works with 76 other colleges and universities across the United States, including Michigan State University, to provide off-campus housing listings to campus communities.
Sharon Zanti, project manager for Off Campus Partners, said students and staff will be able to find apartments, homes, condos and townhouses at http://offcampushousing.lcc.edu. The site will also have information about finding roommates, sharing rides, evaluating landlords, inspecting properties and accessing local government entities, Zanti said.
“Our website is LCC’s new official resource for off-campus housing,” Zanti said. “Whether you’re looking for rental housing in the area, need roommates or want to access off-campus resources, this is the site to go to if you’re a student or a faculty member at LCC.
“We are an official partner of the college. I think that is a great benefit for the entire community to have a trusted resource that they can go to when they need help moving to the area.”
New users can go to the website and click the “Sign Up” button near the top right of their screen. After that, they should select “LCC Community Member” and enter their LCC ‘username’ to create an account to search for available rentals and roommates. They can also view the message boards and other off-campus resources.
“You can create your search to fit your needs on our user-friendly site,” Zanti said. “Create an advanced search or use the filtered search to narrow your results to the properties that meet your requirements.
“Don’t be shy,” Zanti added. “The site is completely free to search and to post rentals and sublets if you are a community member with a ‘username.'”
Larry Hook, adviser of The Lookout and coordinator of the Off Campus Housing project for LCC, said the new site has been in the works for nearly two years. He said it will offer much more than the outdated site the college has been using for the last decade or so.
“Our old site was one-dimensional,” Hook said. “You got addresses and a phone number, but little else.
“With Off Campus Partners’ resources, experience and knowledge of the property-listing business, our students and staff will now have a huge amount of valuable housing information available to them. This will help them make an educated decision about where they want to live in the Lansing area.
“I am very excited about this partnership with Off Campus Partners,” Hook added. “I hope people will jump in and give it a try.”
Property owners who wish to rent homes to students, faculty or staff at LCC can sign up to reach about 20,000 LCC community members, Zanti said. Listings allow them to post photographs and floor plans, as well as a map showing the housing location in proximity to LCC’s campuses.
Landlords can also have direct links to websites, applications or leases, an unlimited text description and a full list of amenities, Zanti said. There is a nominal monthly fee to post rentals as an individual/private owner, and Off Campus Partners provides several different advertising packages to apartment complexes and property management companies.
For more information about Off Campus Partners, or to list a property, contact local sales representative Kenneth Jones at 877-895-1234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.