Finding a Home Away From Home: Off-Campus Student Services

Orientation brings thousands of students to campus throughout the summer months, many who have one important thing on their minds: where to live come August. Whether your student is new to Mason or returning, it is essential to start the housing search now to make sure your student is able to secure housing in time for the fall semester.

One of the best ways to get to know what off-campus housing is like in Northern Virginia is to attend the Off-Campus Housing Fair on July 13 from 2-4:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center. Properties will come to campus and will share information on what they have to offer. Even if your student is not looking for immediate housing, the fair gives students a great idea of what apartments around Fairfax are like. Furthermore, Off-Campus Student Services will be available to help with roommate, budgeting and transportation options for new off-campus students.

Before the Off-Campus Housing Fair, your student can prepare by visiting the Off-Campus Housing website. This will allow him or her to filter properties by price, location, transportation accessibility and more to find a great place to live. This website gets over one million hits throughout the year and is the recommended way to search for housing for Mason students, staff and faculty.

For more information about the Off-Campus Housing Fair or any of the resources available to off-campus students, please contact Off-Campus Student Services at or 703-993-6563 or visit

Adrienne Thompson
Graduate Assistant
Off-Campus Student Services