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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.

Greek Rankings: Top Schools For Fraternities and Sororities – 2021
The Sigma Nu Fraternity house at Ole Miss. (Flickr)
The Sigma Nu Fraternity house at Ole Miss. (Flickr)

We’ve all seen movies like Neighbors or the iconic Animal House that instantly has us thinking that the only things sororities and fraternities do are throw wild house parties for hundreds of students to attend. Visions of drunk college kids chugging beers and kids swimming in pools while the DJ spins music loud enough for neighbors down the block to hear dance in our heads, however, these movies aren’t entirely factual. Duh.

The Greek community is way more than what movies have us picturing in our heads. To some universities, maybe, Greek life isn’t much at all, while on other campuses Greek Life plays an integral role in not just a student’s college years but for their entire life. Going Greek is a part of being something bigger than yourself. Your college years build memories that last a lifetime. Belonging in the Greek community gives undergraduates an unforgettable experience where students can work with their brothers and sisters to form lasting impressions on one another and the community. Not for just now, but for the future.

Here at College Pads, we decided to create a list of our top 20 picks for Best Greek Life On Campus. How’d we do it? We took the top Greek lists from Niche, The Princeton Review, University Primetime, and Best College Reviews and compiled a list of all of the universities mentioned in those articles. From that list, we only used schools that had over 10,000 students where at least 15% of the student body were Greek members; then we averaged those out to create our points system.

Best Greek Life Colleges – 2021 Greek Rankings

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UT- Austin Apartments & Neighborhoods Guide

The University of Texas at Austin is home to more than 50,000 students which often can feel like a city in itself. If you’re in need of off-campus housing near UT-Austin, becoming familiar with the different neighborhoods in Austin will help to determine which neighborhood will be the best fit for you, along with knowing how far your commute to the UT-Austin campus will be.

To help make your search for UT-Austin off-campus housing and apartments in Austin a little easier, we at College Pads put together a list of neighborhoods that are near the University of Texas at Austin campus. While these aren’t all of the neighborhoods in Austin, they are the most popular amongst students. Each of these neighborhoods is within walking distance to campus, or just a short bike, car, or bus ride (free to all UT students) away.

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We’ll Tell You What Your Tenants Want, What They Really, Really Want.

Whether you own a condominium, duplex, single-family home, or a huge purpose-built apartment complex, all landlords share the same goal: to keep your units full and maximize profits. But finding the right mix of cost minimization while increasing resale value and growing rents isn’t easy. One of the more obvious ways to achieve this goal is to make a few rental property updates. 

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Why Pictures Of Your Listings Are So Important

When you think about it, getting a prospective student tenant’s attention comes down to just a few seconds. Today’s world is a quite hectic one, and in the world of smartphones and the internet, students are scrolling and sifting through rental listings in just a matter of moments. Just as quickly as someone can stumble upon your listing, they can stop looking at an even quicker pace. When students have the power to search through hundreds of listings with the swipe of one finger, it’s important to make a good first impression. As the old adage goes, pictures really do say a thousand words, and whether or not you realize it, including quality photos of your rental property can really make or break your odds of leasing it out. 

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Ohio University Off-Campus Housing: Top 10 Landlords in Athens, OH

At College Pads we get how demanding being a college student is. From studying to extracurricular activities, a job, and everything in between the last thing you want to do is pile yet another task on your plate, especially one as tedious as looking for off-campus housing near Ohio University. Between what you hear via word of mouth, browsing the Internet for listings, all while trying to find a roommate, finding the perfect place can seem nearly impossible.

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Cornell University Off-Campus Housing: 10 Top Ithaca Landlords
Collegetown, Ithaca. (Flickr)

Perhaps this is your first year of college and you opted out on on-campus living or maybe you’re finally getting ready to leave that dinky dorm room behind! Whatever your situation may be, it’s probably your first time looking for a place off-campus near Cornell, but how do you start? After an entire school year of guessing on your exams, let Rent College Pads take the guesswork out of where you’re going to live. We did tons of research to find the best of the best for Cornell off-campus housing so you don’t have to!  After reading countless reviews, we have left you with our tops picks for Cornell University and Ithaca landlords.

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Syracuse University: 10 Top Rated Landlords in Syracuse

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 University apartments.

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Top 10 Penn State Landlords

So you’re looking for apartments near Penn State — but where do you start? We know what not to do. Don’t go around town looking at For Rent signs taped up in dusty windows with landlord numbers hastily scrawled on them. Instead, you should research the best possible landlords and property management groups near campus! But how do you know which companies are best?

That’s where College Pads comes in. We work with reputable landlords on a day to day basis, so we’ve decided to put together a list of the best possible property management groups for you to compare when looking for your next place. Check out these top landlords, and then search for their Penn State apartments and houses on our customized map page!

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The Most Expensive And Most Affordable Colleges

Congrats; you did it! You’ve been accepted to more than one college, but now comes the hard part. Choosing where you’re going to go attend college is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make in your lifetime, and choosing where you’re going to live during those unforgettable four (maybe five) years comes in at a close second. While a lot of freshmen go for the dorm life their first year, the majority of students who have done their time living on campus anxiously anticipate the day when they can live in their very first off-campus apartment or house. Sure, staying on campus has its (slim) advantages, but a place off-campus comes with some unbeatable perks and, for the most part, is cheaper than living on campus in the dorms. Time to say goodbye to restrictions and rules and hello to your new-found freedom!

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Student’s Choice: Top 10 Rated Student Housing Companies

Off-campus student housing isn’t quite like it used to be, and these top ten companies on our list are prime examples of how this growing industry is taking off-campus student living to a whole new level. Hundreds of luxurious off-campus student oases have been popping up at college campuses nationwide over the years. These extravagant student abodes often draw in their residents with impressive amenities, like high-end furnished apartments with utilities, rooftop resort-style pools, cyber study lounges equipped with Macbooks, indoor and outdoor sports courts, movie theaters, and beyond! 

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