The newest venture to enter R.I.T.’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.