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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.

Top 5 Apartments For Rent in Manhattan, KS Near K-State

Every year, thousands of Kansas State students searching for off-campus houses and apartments in Manhattan, KS near Kansas State use CollegePads.com to find their perfect place to live near K-State. A vast majority of off-campus leases are signed during the early part of the second semester, months and months in advance from your move-in date. 

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Ohio State’s Going Back to Campus: Sophomores Granted Off-Campus Exemption

Ohio State University students will make the return to campus for the fall 2020 semester! The Ohio State University President, Michael V. Drake, recently made the announcement that in-person classes will resume on campus beginning Tuesday, August 25 with the conclusion of the semester on Friday, December 4.

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Top 5 Houses for Rent in Ann Arbor Near the University of Michigan

Each year, thousands of students searching for Umich off-campus housing use CollegePads.com to find their perfect Ann Arbor rental. A majority of off-campus leases are signed during the Fall semester, almost a year in advance of the date that you would be moving in. If you’re looking to land one of the houses for rent in Ann Arbor, you’re going to want to have your search well underway in September and have a lease signed no later than November. Students still continue to sign throughout the spring semester, though options are severely limited by that point. 


These properties were the five most contacted houses for rent in Ann Arbor by Michigan students during the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters.

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10 Most Popular East Lansing Apartments Near Michigan State University

Every year, thousands of students searching for apartments and off-campus housing near Michigan State University use CollegePads.com to find their housing. There’s a great mix of off-campus housing options near Michigan State, and apartment inquiries have been on the up and up! Like many other campuses across the nation, MSU students start looking for housing during their Fall Semester. Students begin their hunt for MSU apartments as soon as September, and the number of searches peaks throughout the semester in the months of October and November. 

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Indiana University Top 5 Bloomington Apartments for Rent

Each year, thousands of students searching for apartments and off-campus housing in Bloomington, IN  use CollegePads.com to find their housing. There’s a  great mix of off-campus housing options near IU and apartment inquiries have been on the rise! Like many other campuses across the nation, many students start looking during the Fall Semester. Students begin their hunt for IU apartments as soon as September, and the number of searches spikes throughout the semester in the months of October and November.

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5 Most Popular Houses for Rent in Muncie, Indiana Near Ball State University

Each year, thousands of students searching for houses and apartments near Ball State University use CollegePads.com to find housing. Just like many other campuses across the nation, many students at Ball State start searching for housing during the Fall Semester. Students begin their hunt for Muncie rentals early in September, and the number of searches picks up throughout the semester in October and November. 

This year is no different. Most leases are signed during the Fall Semester, almost a year in advance of the date that you would be moving in, but the slackers are still signing during the spring. If you’re a BSU student with a group looking for a place, you’ll want to sign a lease as early as September and no later than November. For those looking to live alone, you can buy yourself a little more time, but don’t wait too long. Get ahead of your competition and start your search for off-campus housing before your competition does!

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How to Avoid Rental Scams

From Telemarketing scams, identity theft, to credit and debit card fraud we’ve all heard horror stories about scams, or even worse, fallen victim. Rental scams are prevalent across the nation and first-time student renters looking for off-campus housing are especially vulnerable to fraudsters because they often communicate with landlords and lack experience when it comes to renting.

College Pads surveyed hundreds of students across campuses nationwide and found that many students have encountered an online rental scam when looking for off-campus housing near their university.

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The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign: The Top 10 Landlords In Urbana-Champaign

If you’ve ever looked for off-campus housing, we’re sure you know how exhausting, overwhelming and tedious of a task it is. Between your everyday routine, classes, work, and trying to maintain a social life, we know you don’t want to pile yet another thing on your plate—especially one as draining as searching for off-campus housing at UIUC.

To help lighten your load, we at College Pads have done the dirty work for you. We’ve searched high and low to find UIUC students the best landlords around the Urbana-Champaign area. After reading through tons of reviews, we leave you with our picks for the top ten landlords for students attending the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

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5 Best Amenities In Apartments Near Ohio State

If you’ve driven around the Ohio State University campus, down streets like High Street, Lane Street, and Fifth Avenue, we’re sure you couldn’t help but notice the towering off-campus housing complexes that look more like Caribbean Resorts than student apartments. The popularity of luxury student housing has been growing over the years, and more of these massive student oases are being built all throughout the country. To coincide with their resort-like appearance, they also offer resort-like amenities that really help draw in student renters. 


Are you in need of off-campus housing near Ohio State University with some serious amenities? Check out our list of the five best apartment amenities near the Ohio State campus!

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Iowa State University: Top 10 Landlords & Apartments in Ames

At College Pads, we understand the pain and stress that comes with finding off-campus housing. Between balancing a part-time job, a social life, and studying, we know college life can get pretty hectic. When it comes to finding a place that’s close to campus and fits your budget, it’s really important to rent from a legitimate landlord. But how can you make sure? That’s where we come into play!  

Here at College Pads, we took the time to do a little digging into all of the landlords and apartments in Ames near campus, leaving Iowa State students with our picks for the top ten landlords and off-campus apartments in Ames. So, next time you’re looking for off-campus housing near Iowa State University, be sure to check out this list! 

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