Western’s new Office of Off Campus Living Announces Winter Event Lineup

Western’s new Office of Off Campus Living, created to support and educate students living or preparing to move off campus, will offer students three events this quarter.

Roommate Roundup, happening Jan. 23 from 4-5:30 p.m. in Viking Union 565, will be a fun and fast-paced event where students have the opportunity to meet other students looking for roommates face to face, ask them important questions about their compatibility and share their interests. The Financial Literacy Group will also be there to answer questions about budgeting and expenses for living off campus. Presented by Off Campus Living and the Financial Literacy Group.

On Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. until noon, students will gather in the Wilson Library Reading Room for “Housing and Hashbrowns” presented by Off Campus Living and the AS Legal Information Center.  The event will give students a crash course in everything they need to know about moving off campus. Students will hear from the Legal Advocates of Washington about Landlord-Tenant laws, what is legal (and not) in a lease and how to get your damage deposit back. The City of Bellingham will be there to talk about local laws, the Rental Registration and Safety Inspection Program and Bellingham’s Fair Housing rules. Off Campus Living and the AS Legal Info Center will also be there to talk about on campus resources for students.

The Off Campus Living Fair, happening March 6 from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Wilson Library Reading Room, will give students a one-stop-shop opportunity to meet and talk to local landlords and property managers, utility providers and emergency and renter service providers.

Students unable to attend the event, can still access important information about living or moving off campus through Western’s Off Campus Living website. Local landlords and property managers, service providers and renter support service providers who are interested in registering for the fair may contact Julia Burns at (360) 650-6863 for more information.