Three weeks into the spring semester, my mind is already focusing on one thing: preparation for next fall! If you are like me, you like to have all your ducks in a row months in advance, which includes class schedules, vacation plans, and housing.
While Off-Campus Student Programs and Services can’t help you with your classes or vacations, we can help you as you are starting to think about where you will live for the 2014-2015 school year. Last week Orientation and Family Programs and Services co-hosted a webinar with the Office of Housing and Residence Life to give information on housing selection and off-campus housing options. This webinar will be available for viewing at masonfamily.gmu.edu.
As you think about moving off-campus, the best resource for you is the Off-Campus Housing website (och.gmu.edu). This website will connect you with apartments, condos, rooms for rent, and roommates. It also allows you to filter searches to find the perfect person and perfect place to live for whatever time frame you need.
If you have never lived off-campus before, be prepared for many new experiences, including signing a lease, paying rent, preparing a budget, etc. To make your transition as smooth as possible, plan ahead and learn as much as you can. Our office has many resources to ensure your success in your new adventure.
Most importantly, remember that no matter where you sleep at night, you are always a Patriot and can bring the Mason spirit with you! Over 70% of the George Mason community lives off campus, so you are not alone.
Emilie Dubert, Graduate Assistant for Off-Campus Student Programs and Services