How does it work?
College & Universities
eCOM's off-campus housing solution
eCOM's online off-campus housing solution benefits the landlord, the school, and most of all, the student. eCOM provides its off-campus housing solution absolutely free to college & universities to enable them to provide safe and suitable housing for often over 75% of their student population. Students ALWAYS search for FREE.
What do we do?
Managed online off-campus housing solution
Off Campus Housing 101 assists College & Universities in providing a Managed Online Off-Campus Housing Solution to their students, faculty and staff. This online property rental listing service is University branded such as University of Maryland, easy to use, informative, always current, and is accessible 24/7 through the University's website. We enable landlords and property managers to quickly and easily update information regarding their rental property.
What challenges do we provide a solution to?
75% to 80% of Students Live Off Campus
Students require quality housing
With an average of 75% to 80% of students living off campus, most Universities feel that they have an obligation to provide this type of service to their students, however, they simply may not have the required resources, finacial or manpower, to do so. OCH101 presently helps over 60 Universities across North America overcome many off-campus housing challenges allowing the Housing Office to focus on their dorm or on-campus obligations.
Traditionally, any off-campus housing service was reactive and clumsy at best and the information was frequently out of date (rented). Additionally, the listings did not provide enough information such as proximity to the campus, amenities, photos, mapping, and there was not have the resources to manage the rental listings.
Saving Time and Money!
Saving over $100,000 per year
With OCH101, Universities are able to provide a free solution which is painless to implement and does not task their resources. Universities found that this off-campus housing service has quickly become an invaluable resource for their students, faculty and staff. Many college & universities have saved over $100,000 per year in resource costs by utilizing our turnkey and free solution. Losing a tuition paying student from lack of housing is not a position the school or the student wish to be in.
The university, students & landlords
Current and prospective students can search for their new home from any location well ahead of time utilizing the University's website. This free service saves them precious time, provides an abundance of information, and gives them one less thing to worry about during an already stressful time. Parents also prefer to know their son or daughter has safe and affordable accommodations that will allow them to focus on their studies and not being stressed about their living arrangements especially for students travelling from out of state or out of country.
Where Do the Listings Come From?
Thousands of rental listings
OCH101 has thousands of rental listings across North America which becomes instantly available to your University. OCH101 will work with you to market your OCH service to private landlords and property management companies in your community. Additionally, OCH101 already works with many large property management companies such as AIMCO, American Campus Communities, Equity Residential, JPI, Pinnacle, Riverstone, Sawyer, and Zoom to name a few.
How Can We Help You?
Available at no cost
By providing this solution to you at no cost and managing all customer service and support issues through email and/or a direct toll free OCH101 Customer Support Line.
How Can We Afford To Do This?
Landlords receive first ad free
OCH101 receives its revenue from the people that benefit financially from this service. The landlords in your community listing their rental properties.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know?
Yes, 10% of this revenue is donated back to the universities and their students! OCH101 can also provide our popular "Roommate Finder" service to assist students find suitable roommates with similar interests and life styles. We provide this service for free to college & universities that utilize our OCH service. Please look at an example with University of Maryland Roommate Finder.
Most effective solution on the market today
If your goal is to provide your students with a proven quality managed Off-Campus Housing Listing solution at NO COST than you have found it! Call us today to find out how departments such as Housing, Off-Campus Housing, Commuter Services, Student Governments's and Student Unions's have helped their students by utilizing the Off-Campus Housing Support Team.*Content and descriptions subject to change
" In early summer 2004 we formalized a partnership with OCH 101 and eCOM Media Group to provide a new housing search and roommate finding service to the University of Maryland. This collaboration has dramatically increased our capacity to serve students, landlords and property managers. "
"OCH101 has expanded our off-campus listing system beyond our expectations and is the most innovative student housing listing service available. There is no other listing service like it. "
" I would suggest Off-campus Housing 101 to anyone who needs a high quality off-campus housing solution. "
" Thanks again so much Richard and Ernie. I know you have worked so hard to make this a reality and we are forever indebted to you. As always, you guys have been wonderful partners and we are glad to be associated with you. "