News – Georgia Institute of Technology

THERE’S SOMETHING BIG AT GA TECH’S CAMPUS SPRING SEMESTER

by Caitlin Flowers, Auxiliary Services Intern

Posted 2/6/2012

There is something big at Georgia Tech’s campus spring semester. The Department of Housing is implementing a new resident management system called StarRez. The new system comes with a lot of perks for both freshmen and upperclassmen alike.

“Many students, and especially new freshmen, will love the new ‘roommate matching’ feature,” said Jennifer Grover, assignments manager, Department of Housing.
“They will choose a screen name, include an optional link to their Facebook or MySpace profiles, and answer a series of profile questions. From this information, the StarRez portal creates a list of the closest roommate matches along with a percentage representing each one’s compatibility. You can see how well you match with these students by reading their profiles before requesting them as a roommate. Students can send messages to potential matches and chat further,” Grover added.

Another big change students will notice is that they are no longer restricted to just listing their building preferences. Upperclassmen and returning graduate students can now self-assign themselves to a specific room. Therefore, if students were planning on keeping that apartment with the view of Atlanta’s skyline, students can now reserve it online. Students can even pick bedroom A.

Upperclassmen are given a timeslot during which they can reserve a room. For those who have already chosen their roommates, whichever member has the earliest timeslot can request the room for everybody. Once students have picked out their ideal room, they are finished with the process. If they change their mind later, students can cancel their contracts online as well.

Family Housing has also improved. Those who are planning to join or are currently assigned to Family Housing will see that all contract renewals, vacating notices, room change requests, and requests for stay extensions will be online.

“StarRez is the best housing system currently available for managing student housing with features such as online housing applications, roommate matching, automated housing assignments, and room selection,” Grover said.

“Georgia Tech students will have a much simpler, user-friendly process for choosing to live on the Georgia Tech campus.”

Remember, Housing registration goes through March 1.

For more information, visit the Housing website at www.housing.gatech.edu

Link to original story published the GA Tech Campus Services website: Original Story

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