Housing Fair lets students ‘visit’ nearby apartment complexes

By Rachel Aretakis

Students can go house and apartment hunting without leaving campus on Tuesday, at the Kentucky Kernel’s Housing Fair.

The off-campus Housing Fair, in its second year, is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Center Grand Ballroom, where students can win door prizes, such as an iPad or a new Kindle Fire.

“There’s no one place you can go in Lexington and essentially ‘visit’ all of the apartment complexes near campus,” Chris Poore, student publications adviser, said.

Information on apartment complexes and some landlords with houses and town homes will be available. There will also be restaurant gift certificates and other giveaways.

The fair will mostly consist of apartments, said Hannah Schwartz, the Kernel’s student advertising manager.

Students “should go to see the different amenities that all of them offer,” Schwartz said.

Some places offer amenities such as tanning beds or movie theaters, and the fair allows students to compare housing options, she said.

The fair is a great event for students who are thinking about living off campus, Poore said.

Booths will be set up in the Grand Ballroom with representatives and information from the various housing options. Schwartz said nobody will be signing leases or contracts at the fair.

“There are a bunch of door prizes from local restaurants and stores, so if (students) just register, they have a chance to win,” she said.

Prizes range from Orange Leaf and Ramsey’s to an iPad.