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Company to Help Bring Premier Student Living to East Village

Austin, Texas-based Campus Advantage is taking another bite of the Big Apple as it enters the New York City student housing market as manager of the University House, which will serve as a residence hall for students attending classes at colleges in and around Manhattan’s East Village.

Campus Advantage will make University House an asset to the community by bringing to the 535-bed property its years of experience in the student housing industry. Its highly successful Students First™ Residence Life Program provides student residents with the resources they need to succeed personally, academically and socially. This program features the LaunchU™ platform, which consists of an online Success Portal™ for residents, webinars, resident networking opportunities and onsite programs.

“LaunchU™ was born as a comprehensive program to provide the opportunity for Campus Advantage residents to be more successful for having lived at one of our properties,” said Dan Olstersdorf, Campus Advantage vice president for management services and residence life. “We are looking forward to bringing it to the Big Apple along with our innovative services and residence life programming.”

Campus Advantage’s team is made up of recognized residence life and student development experts who have successfully ushered more than 200,000 students through the company’s Students First™ in the last 10 years. The company has a proven itself in the industry by working collaboratively on more than two dozen master lease and on-campus housing projects in the last decade.

With the addition of University House to its portfolio, Campus Advantage now operates 51 student housing communities across 18 states with a total bed count of more than 26,000.
University House will open for the 2014/15 school year and is located in the heart of the East Village in a former New York City elementary school. The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and the Joffrey Ballet School already have signed 15-year leases for space for their students, but two floors remain available for lease to other schools to reserve living space for students.

“It’s hard to find a state of the art environment in a culturally vibrant community. We are thrilled to be partners with the University House,” said Frank Lee Merwin, director of operations at the Joffrey Ballet School.

Located next to Tompkins Square Park, University House will offer the full amenities of a college dormitory, including group study areas, a computer lounge, private music rooms, private study rooms, game room, TV media lounge, fitness center, yoga studio, art studios, student health center, cafe and bike storage. Each suite will have its own bathroom, kitchen and space for storage. It also will feature the latest in technology and security for residents.