The Daily Tar Heel will host a housing fair for the 2014-15 school year Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The fair will include 40 participating vendors who will provide information on housing opportunities for both on- and off-campus locations.
Participants range from housing developments like Glen Lennox Apartments and Bridges at Chapel Hill, to real estate firms like Louise Beck Properties and community representatives like the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Community Involvement.
“It’s a selection of all the places being represented for campus housing. From the biggest nearby complexes to smaller landlords, this is a good chance to explore these options,” said Kelly Wolff, general manager of The DTH.
Wolff said The DTH created a housing fair because there was not an organized one previously on campus.
Students can compare different options, ask questions one-on-one with a representative, and three winners will be chosen to select housing for next year before the housing selection process opens to the rest of campus, Wolff said.
“The housing fair is good way for students to get the picture of Carrboro and Chapel Hill and what’s available to them,” said Lauren Hill, spokeswoman for Bridges at Chapel Hill. “This way, they can narrow down their decision before they see our apartments.”
“I think this fair is important because throughout the year, you don’t actually visit those dorms because you feel invasive,” freshman Felicia Branch said. “But when there’s a time for you to go, you can go meet new people.”
“There are a lot of things you don’t realize about dorms and housing until you go to the fair. It’s really useful,” freshman Sri Sure said.
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