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About Ali Bartmer

Chips and salsa aficionado, Ali Bartmer joined the Rent College Pads team in the fall of 2016 as the Operations Assistant and has since become a Content crafter. Cat mom of one, Ali prides herself in being a Bloody Mary connoisseur and with her Masters from Hogwarts there’s nothing Ali can’t do.

University of Florida: Top Landlords in Gainesville, FL

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Whether you’re a first-timer or on your victory lap, the house hunting process never seems to get any easier, no matter how many times you’ve gone through it.  We’ve all heard landlord horror stories and have read those scary online reviews, and trust us we know how important finding a great place with an equally great landlords is.

Over at Rent College Pads, we’ve taken the time to sift through numerous reviews and have personally met with these folks so you don’t have to! Don’t just take our word for it though, keep on reading to check out our picks for the top ten landlords for off-campus housing in Gainesville that are tailored towards University of Florida student renters.

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Syracuse University: 10 Top Rated Landlords in Syracuse

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Looking for a place to live quickly turns into a tedious and overwhelming task. You’ve heard landlord horror stories and making sure you choose a great place with an awesome landlord is at the top of your list.

To try and help you out we decided to do some research to find the top 10 landlords in Syracuse. We shuffled through hundreds of reviews to find the best of the best to choose from, and to make your off-campus housing search that much easier!

And to make things even easier, check out all these Syracuse off-campus housing options.

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Where You Should Be Eating In College Hill near Northern Iowa

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When Northern Iowa students need some food to fuel them through their studies or a drink to close out their stressful school week and finally begin their weekend they often head to College Hill; a popular Cedar Falls district that has become the go-to spot for students providing a mecca of bars and restaurants.

Located adjacent to the UNI campus, you don’t have to travel far to find yourself surrounded by the best eats and drinks that Cedar Falls has to offer. Before you start your hunt for apartments in Cedar Falls near the University of Northern Iowa be sure to fill up on some of the best places to grab food and drinks in the College Hill neighborhood. Continue reading

To College Students, Marijuana Isn’t a Big Deal

Marijuana Opinions On Campus

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For decades marijuana usage has been demonized and stigmatized in American culture. From Reefer Madness in the 1930’s to Richard Nixon and his famous War on Drugs to current Attorney General Jeff Sessions insistence that “good people do not smoke marijuana,” pot usage has long been snubbed by mainstream society.

Popular culture has always made one thing clear: college is for drinking. Animal House. Old School. It’s not hard to conjure up images from movies of the booze-fueled romp the typical college experience is supposed to be like. But has the increased scrutiny of fraternity hazing and increased awareness of alcohol’s potential issues on campus began to kill booze’s buzz? If students are beginning to turn away from alcohol, where are they turning?

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To Degree or Not Degree – That is the Question

“Determine on some course,
“More than a wild exposure to each chance
“That starts in the way before thee.”
~William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, Act IV, scene 1

What is the value of a college degree?  Is the value of a college degree rising or falling or staying about the same?  Is a degree worth the cost of college?  Are some college degrees worth more than others – does the field and major in which the degree is awarded matter?  Does the college matter?

These questions are but some of the numerous related questions confronting parents soon after a child is born, as they are bombarded by advice pressuring them to open college-savings funds and enroll the child in elementary and secondary schools that are most likely to prepare him or her to be accepted into their choice of colleges.  Then, students and parents alike face a similar battery of questions again as high-school graduation approaches.

To make makers worse, these questions all must be contemplated in a state of great uncertainty in today’s world, which is changing at a dizzying rate, where the direction and magnitude of the change frequently are incomprehensible and usually incalculable with any high degree of precision.

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How to Convert Your Rent College Pads Leads

So, you open your email inbox and you got a student lead from Rent College Pads. Now what?

The obvious next step is to reach out to the prospective tenant, but it’s important to do it in a way that’s going to make the student want to respond. You can do this via text, call or email. Each method has it’s own pros and cons, which we’ll get to, but it’s more about how you deliver your message when you initially reach out. Once in awhile, we hear that leads aren’t getting back to landlords, but why? One would think that if someone were interested in a property that they’d respond immediately to the landlord. A big problem we’ve uncovered are the flaws in the delivery of the initial contact with the student.

This guide will help show you new ways to respond to your leads and help you choose which method for reaching out to students will work best for you so that your leads become a lease.

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Kutztown University: 10 Top Rated Landlords in Kutztown


Between studying for exams, participating in extracurriculars, calling your mom for your weekly check-in, and planning your best friend’s birthday party, putting aside time to thoroughly research potential landlords can seem impossible.

Don’t fret! We took time to do all of the grunt work, so you don’t have to. After sifting through tons of landlords and resident reviews, we have created a list of the top ten options for Kutztown off-campus housing.

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15 Reasons You Know It’s Time To Leave The Dorms


Over the course of your college years, you’ll be faced with some of the toughest decisions of your life. Choosing whether you’re going to shack up in the dorms on campus or take on the real world in your own place will immensely change your college experience. Most freshmen opt for a dorm during their first year on campus, but what about the next three (or maybe 4) years?

If you’ve ever lived in a dorm, you know the horrors that come along with it. If you haven’t, you’ll soon find out. Sure, staying on campus has its advantages—like not having to clean up your own bathroom after a night out and one too many cherry bombs—but a place off-campus comes with some unbeatable perks. So say goodbye to the annoyances and hello to your new found freedom! You know it’s time to graduate from the dorms when you’ve experienced these fifteen things.

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University of Wisconsin Whitewater: 6 Top Rated Landlords In Whitewater

Between taking classes, being involved in extracurriculars, and wanting to spend any free time in the great outdoors of Whitewater, Wisconsin, the last thing you need on your plate is having to research the perfect place to live. We get it; you’re a college student with more than enough to do.

Have no fear; Rent College Pads is here! We’ve done all of the research it takes to find the best possible place for students in Whitewater. We’ve poked through hundreds of reviews and gathered the top 5 landlords in Whitewater, specifically for students at UWW.

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University of Georgia: 10 Top Rated Landlords in Athens

At Rent College Pads, we understand the pain and stress that comes along with finding off-campus housing. Between gearing up for the new school year, trying to get together with roommates to find a place, and maintaining a social life, things can get pretty hectic. Besides finding a place that’s close to campus, fits your budget, and has all the amenities you’re looking for, it’s important to rent from a reputable landlord. But how can you be sure? That’s where we come into play.

We took the time to surf the web and research reviews for properties and landlords in Athens near UGA, leaving University of Georgia students with our picks for the top ten picks for UGA off-campus housing.

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