RIT Housing: The Province

by Carolyn Dunne 28. June 2011 11:10

RIT Housing: The Province

The newest venture to enter RIT’s student housing market is The Province. A company with five other housing complexes in Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina and Ohio, Province brings a mix of general knowledge and local naïveté to their newest development here in Rochester. From delays in its initial construction to continuing problems with trash removal, the growing pains of Province are tempered by their staff and communal amenities.

Hosting events quite regularly in their clubhouse, Province seeks to provide students with a quality and social experience. From Free Food Fridays to casino nights, the marketing staff effectively raises awareness of their event schedule through Facebook and e-mail. With a pool, volleyball court, fitness center, theater, and several other features in their clubhouse, their attention to community building is definitely present.

RocRooms recently began to develop its own resident events. Beginning in the summer of 2011, we are offering more opportunities for residents to come together and hang out at private and Rochester events that are low or no cost to them. Our residents help guide us toward the types of events they would like to go to, reflecting our core value of flexible, friendly and prompt service.

Province and RocRooms both feature individual leases, to ensure that you are not responsible for the rent of your roommate if they leave for any reason. Both have individual fully furnished bedrooms for each student. Each apartment comes equipped with an oven, refrigerator, microwave, on site laundry, wireless Internet, cable and all-inclusive utilities.

In addition, RocRooms properties have private yards that are maintained with complementary snow removal and lawn maintenance. RocRooms also includes a monthly cleaning service that tidies up your common areas. Most of our properties feature easy and free parking, and when available, the option of garage parking at $20 per month. Our properties even come equipped with basic kitchen utensils and cookware for your convenience. We also feature an annual summer housing scholarship, which is unique to our student housing company.

Rent is an ever-present aspect of student housing that RocRooms takes seriously. Having competitive pricing for the value of staying with us is a major consideration for RocRooms. We know how expensive housing can be on a college student budget, so we always look to save you money. We also streamline your bills into one simple monthly online payment, another commonality with Province.

The average cost for a RocRoom will be $550 per month this year, and the amount of total housing space in each unit ranges from 1,200 sq ft to 2,200 sq ft. During this academic year RocRooms will have some all-inclusive options for as low as $450 a month. In contrast, Province rent range starts at $700 - $850 per month for each individual and can go even higher from there. The rent each individual pays seems to be based upon the number of residents in the unit. Their selection in the type of housing you live in also makes it unique from RocRooms’ housing options, which is largely limited to four or five person living situations.  Province’s Quartet and Trio options are the closest in comparison to RocRooms properties, and are 1,200 to 1,500 sq ft with rent starting at $700 per month.

“Though it is a little expensive, if a resident makes full use of the property then it's worth the money,” said a rising fourth year Hospitality student currently living in Province. When asked for the top dollar amount he would pay, he replied that $900 was the maximum he would pay for his larger studio apartment, which will cost $835 per month this year, up from last year’s $785 per month. “The main reason I stay is because it's close to campus... But for the rent to go up so much because of ‘property value’ when the service and quality doesn't change is somewhat ridiculous.”

With pricing being, on average, fairly similar in a four roommate situation, you need to look at what appeals to you. RocRooms has committed to building a quiet, respectful and studious environment for our residents to thrive academically. We ask our residents to limit their guests to 4 people per resident to help achieve this, and also select quieter neighborhoods to develop our properties for this reason. Province is much closer to RIT, and is on an RIT-sponsored bus line that easily brings you to campus. However, the issue of others’ living spaces being so close to your own may lead to distractions.

As our source mentioned, living at Province is “like any apartment, it's what you make of it. Though I've had some problems, I don't regret living [there].”

RIT Housing: Park Point

by Carolyn Dunne 22. June 2011 09:18
For RIT students, Park Point holds a love/hate dichotomy. On one hand, there are several restaurants that are affordable and within walking distance of campus and there are decent events held in Simone Square, the heart of Park Point. On the other hand, living there prohibits you from getting a parking pass from RIT and it can be difficult to park near your apartment when larger events are going on.

Like RocRooms, Park Point apartments are fully furnished and are leased to individuals rather than a group lease. Individual leasing means that you are only responsible for your portion of the rent.  If a roommate leaves the housing you share only they can be held liable for their share of the rent. RocRooms and Park Point both have a washer and dryer in each apartment, and  shopping and public transportation are available to residents. Rent can even be paid online for both companies to save you some time.

When comparing the two options for RIT housing, one finds features that cater to different needs of students. Park Point is closer to campus, which is more convenient for an RIT student without a car. They also have on-site security and a new clubhouse, opening in the summer of 2011. The clubhouse includes a fitness center and courts that improves upon their former gym, as well as a pool and hot tub, grills, study area and theater.

“[It] will be better once they have their club house built since the other features aren't that great. Their gym is small and I hardly ever used it,” a rising fifth year Multidisciplinary student replied when asked about their experience at Park Point.

RocRooms may not be as close to campus, but you have much lower rent, your own space, and a degree of independence that living in close quarters with hundreds of other RIT students just can’t give you. RocRooms has committed to keeping rent for each resident under $700 per month at all of our properties for the 2011-2012 academic year.  During this academic year RocRooms will have some all-inclusive options for as low as $450 a month.  

RocRooms wants to make our residents’ of campus housing all-inclusive, to bring them peace of mind. Most of our properties have easy and inexpensive parking, starting at $20 per month if for garage parking and free for any other available parking. Our properties even come equipped with basic kitchen utensils and cookware for your convenience. We also offer complementary snow removal and lawn care, so you never have to worry about shoveling your driveway or mowing your lawn. However, what truly sets RocRooms apart from other off campus housing is our monthly cleaning service to all common areas.

While our average cost for a room will be $550 per month this year, the cheapest room you will find at Park Point is $625 per month for a room in a five bedroom apartment. Park Point will be charging up to $1,300 per month for a one bedroom with a balcony for the upcoming calendar year. If you are looking for housing on your own or with one other person, Park Point’s rates simply won’t fit your need for affordable housing.

The size of our off campus housing ranges from 1,200 sq ft to 2,200 sq ft in comparison to Park Point’s 1,100 to 2,200 sq ft. Because we only work with houses, you are infrequently bothered by your neighbors’ noise, giving you the quiet you want. In Park Point many of the walls in your apartment are shared with your neighbors, making it harder to find the peace and quiet you want.

We hope that this comparison will help you determine which student housing option is best for you.

Democrat and Chronicle Interviews RocRooms

by Administrator 21. June 2011 09:52

Last week, Erica Bryant of the Democrat and Chronicle interviewed Brett and myself(Jesse) for an article that ran in last Saturday's paper. Titled "Good riddance to absentee city landlords",  the article stresses the frustration and problems many out-of-state landlords experience when trying to remotely operate a property particularly in the Rochester area.  RocRooms has come to the rescue of many out-of-state property owners and turned their struggling properties around.    

The article highlights our Brooksview property that we purchased and renovated.  For this property it became too late for the homeowner to turn it around.  It was in serious disrepair when we purchased it, but with time we were able to redesign the property in a way that our residents really loved.  To see some pictures of this property, check out our flickr account here.

The D&C article link: Good riddance to absentee city landlords.   

RocRooms Begins Series on Student Housing

by Carolyn Dunne 9. June 2011 06:53

Finding off campus student housing is always a stressful undertaking. It seems as if anything nice is out of your price range, and what you can afford does not completely suit your needs. When researching student housing options, we often forget to draw upon our friends’ personal experiences. They may not know how many apartments in their complex have dishwashers, but they can share their day-to-day experience and provide useful information in your quest for affordable housing.

Here at RocRooms, we want to help you make the decision that is right for you. You’re spending quite a bit of time and money on where you will be living for the next year, and it’s an important decision. We all know that it can be tough to find affordable housing; why not find out where the best service and the best rates meet?

To help Rochester area college students find their off campus housing, RocRooms has asked students about their current living situation. Whenever you see a title like “RIT Housing: Park Point,” we are getting insider information on housing designed to attract students and passing along their impressions to you. Read through the series we will continue to develop, and learn a little more of what daily living in that specific housing complex is like.

If you agree or disagree with what students have said, shoot us an e-mail and let us know what you think. If you live in housing that attracts a significant student population, contact us so that we can cover that location in the future.

For more information on renting in the Rochester area, go to newdigs.com or rentrochester.com.