Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) briefed students on off-campus housing options and resources Tuesday during its Living Off-Campus 101 event.
The Off-Campus Student Services website said its services assist students and parents in their search to find safe and affordable off-campus housing.
The informational meeting was led by Brandy Daniels, the assistant director of housing operations for campus living and the direct overseer of OCSS.
Daniels said the goal of the event was to introduce the process of moving off-campus and to give students the information needed to make an educated decision.
“Often we see students making premature decisions and then needing to reach out to us or someone else to kind of help them on the back end. But, we want to be proactive about getting that information out to students,” Daniels said.
Daniels said students have already signed leases for next year and said she is reaching out to those students to talk about topics like parking, good times to sign a lease, and financing.
“If you’ve been living on campus and not having to pay out of pocket, you should be able to do the same thing off-campus with that same money.” Daniels said.
Daniels said she encourages parents, but preferably students to reach out to OCSS for information on living off-campus in advance.
There will be more programs for students seeking information on off-campus housing throughout the semester, including an apartment bus tour Daniels said.
“We work for the university. So we have no reason to try to get them to sign early or late. We’re here to just be a resource like other resources and that's to help students.” Daniels said.
Daniels said OCSS is preparing to move from its current College Hill location to the Main Campus Student Center. This will help OCSS help more students with off-campus housing Daniels said.
Caleb Myers, a freshman majoring in management, said he currently lives in the Gateway West dorm on ECU’s main campus.
Myers said he is currently living in Gateway West, located at the top of College Hill, and said that he enjoys it.
“It’s nice. It’s a good little walk but that’s about honestly the only con. I live with great folks,” Myers said.
Myers said he plans on moving off campus next year because it is cheaper than on campus housing.
Myers said he is still unsure where he wants to live next year but said that the Proximity looks nice and is in a good location.
D.J. Smallwood, a sophomore majoring in computer science, said this is his second year living in the dorms, Fletcher Hall specifically.
Smallwood said that he enjoys the conveniences of living on campus like washing clothes, getting tutoring or being close to class.
Smallwood said he will be moving off-campus next year for more space and privacy.
“I could have like more people around, have more space, have my own room and my own bathroom,” Smallwood said.
Smallwood said he is excited to move off-campus and said he has been looking at First Street Apartments because it has a low rent with utilities included.