Western Washington University's Off Campus Living announces H.O.M.E. Month

Contact: Julia Burns, manager, Off Campus Living, Julia.Burns@wwu.edu or Kendra Baker, peer advisor, Off Campus Living, bakerk33@wwu.edu

Western Washington University’s Off Campus Living office will be hosting H.O.M.E. (Helping Out with Moving Essentials) month starting Feb. 1 to give students tips and resources for moving and living off campus, such as how to find a place, what's in a lease and renters’ rights and responsibilities.

H.O.M.E. will include six live virtual events, a social media campaign and an interactive website for students to navigate life off campus. The first event will be “Your Housing Search” on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. on Zoom. This live event will go over the basics of how to find a place including housing costs, roommates, neighborhoods, walkthroughs and lease signing.

More virtual events will be held throughout the month. Watch the Off Campus Living site, offcampusliving.wwu.edu, for more details.

Off Campus Living Peer Adviser Ethan Chrisope said “I think that H.O.M.E. month is beneficial for students because it lets them know what steps they can take to insure their new home is one they are happy with and feel safe in.”

A great way for students to prepare for H.O.M.E. month is to take the “Ready, Set... Rent!” crash course: Students can learn all they need to know about signing a lease, rights and responsibilities as a renter, and how to find a safe and comfortable place to live. It takes 30 minutes and saves students time and money later. Learn more at offcampusliving.wwu.edu and follow Off Campus Living on Facebook to stay up to date on upcoming events.

The Off Campus Living office also has a Discord channel for students to stay connected. Email OffCampusLiving@wwu.edu for the link.

Western's Off Campus Living Department helps students learn about the basics of renting, tenants’ rights and responsibilities, and creating community. For more information, contact the Off Campus Living office OffCampusLiving@wwu.edu