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For undergraduate students trying to balance classes, internships, jobs, social life and other opportunities, it’s challenging to fit in the search for off-campus housing. It doesn’t help that there are limited resources available to assist students in finding a perfect housing fit. To address this issue, an organization specifically geared toward alleviating the stress of finding off-campus housing for students recently expanded to Boulder.
Founded in 2013, uCribs is expanding nationwide, and its goal is to become the biggest and best college housing service. The uCribs team is led by real estate and tech veterans who know the housing market, and are available to undergraduates to make the process easy to follow. By typing in a university the uCribs website, listings in the area will show up, each with detailed floor plans, amenities, pet allowances and a walk score. A walk score refers to how close the listing is to campus, public transit, restaurants or any other locations that may be important to college students.
To differentiate itself from other housing assistance companies in Boulder, not only does uCribs offer its housing services, but it also founded a blog that offers trending listings and articles about anything related to college. The information ranges from tips for surviving college to decorating your apartment. uCribs also serves as one of the few housing services solely dedicated to college students..
“Trying to find housing is a hassle,” said Colin Kish, vice president and strategic partnerships representative for uCribs. “Our website is easy to navigate, and it does a great job of getting every student in touch with property owners as soon as possible. We have legitimate listings and we have relationships with landlords, which means we will have accurate information.”
As the semester winds down and the scramble for housing begins, uCribs serves as an opportune source for students.