Author Archives: Ali Bartmer

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.

Which Disney character is your roommate?

Could you share an apartment with your favorite Disney character? It’s great to live with friends to save on the expenses of an apartment, but great friends don’t always make great roommates!

Sometimes you get lucky and your roommate situation works out perfectly, but rarely do all the types of roommates fit your preferences. We’ve made a list of some of your favorite popular Disney characters and associated them with the classic roommate archetypes that are so prevalent throughout life. The Lazy Roommate, the Clingy Roommate – you know the ones we’re talking about, because certainly you’ve had at least one. Continue reading

Landlord Spotlight: Aspen Springfield

Every action an apartment takes with a current resident or prospective renter has meaning to it. They all say something about the apartment and ultimately define the apartment. It’s hard to control how every property manager, leasing agent and community manager communicate, but there is one easy way to make sure that your student-focused apartment is communicating the right message to tenants and potential future tenants alike: social media. Continue reading

The Most Popular Filters Students Use to Find Their Place

Ever wonder what goes into a student’s decision when they’re looking for a place to live? If you answered yes, you’re thinking about the right things when it comes to finding new student tenants. If you answered no … what’s the deal? These are the occupants that keep your units full – you should be taking what they want into consideration.

Being a leader in this industry doesn’t happen by overlooking the small details. Knowing what filters students are clicking on might seem like a small detail, but understanding these patterns is really understanding the things that matter most to the students who are in the comparison stage of looking for a place to live. Knowing how students function here will help you improve your listing and how you navigate converting your leads to leases.

So what was popular? Pools? Tanning beds? Coffee bars? Nah. Students keep it much more simple than you’d think. Continue reading

Know Your Neighborhood: Temple University

Finding off-campus housing near Temple University can be a bit…tedious. There are so many different neighborhoods to choose from in Philadelphia leaving you with hundreds of options to sort through. You can view all of them on our Temple University off-campus housing map page.

With the price of rent and amenities taking priority in your mind (and wallet), it can be easy to overlook everything a neighborhood has to offer. So we did some digging and found the common crimes in popular neighborhoods around Philadelphia. Take a look and make a well informed renting decision. Continue reading