College Students Discover Furniture Rental Can Save Time, Money

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Leave the moving truck behind; CORT now offers furniture rental that enables students to furnish their apartment for the full school year for about $1,000

College students and parents will soon be making decisions about where to live in the upcoming school year, and too many families will overlook furniture rental as an attractive financial and hassle-free alternative to hauling furniture to and from a student’s housing.

CORT, a Berkshire Hathaway Company and the only national furniture rental provider in the “rent-to-rent” industry, can outfit a fully-furnished apartment for students prior to their arrival on Move-In Day, providing a convenient and affordable option to families preparing to move their student back to school. Furniture rental enables students to maintain living standards they enjoyed at home with high-quality furniture and accessories, including flat-screen televisions or other electronics, with little hassle, no hidden costs and the ability to easily share costs with roommates.

Each year, according to the Association of College and University Housing Officers, approximately half of the more than 19 million students attending colleges and universities choose to live off-campus. Many students are unaware of the hidden costs of living off-campus, such as utilities, cable and furniture, and end up spending just as much, if not more, as compared to living on-campus. Off-campus housing is often not furnished, and moving or purchasing furniture is difficult and costly for students and parents.

While renting furniture may appear to cost more than hauling items out of their parents’ basement and bonus room, the cost differential may vanish once the unanticipated costs are considered. For example, renting a truck – assuming there is availability – and paying for fuel can easily cost $, $500 to $1,000 to move back to school, and again when it is time to move out. Parents should also consider the associated costs of days off of work and nights spent in a hotel. Purchasing furniture is another option that is costly and also requires moving, not to mention the aggravation of possibly having to assemble the furnishings.

Many families overlook furniture rental due to misperceptions about cost and cleanliness, but these families can be assured that CORT has decades of experience providing top quality furnishings. For example, CORT provides furniture for 70 percent of the corporate apartments in the U.S. and furnishes residences for many high profile business, sports and entertainment personnel. Students that choose furniture rental will receive either new or “like new”, fully cleaned and refurbished rental furnishings.

CORT’s options begin with basic student packages to outfit a bedroom, living room and kitchen, and include the option to add desks, electronics, linens, and other accessories or additional bedrooms to easily divide and share costs with roommates. By renting furniture, parents, students and roommates know their exact cost of furnishings for the entire year and do not have to factor in hidden costs such as moving vans and fuel costs, storing furniture and repairing broken items. Flexible lease terms and monthly billing gives students the option to lease furnishings only during months they live at school.

“The cost and stress of furnishing a student apartment adds up quickly, so why not let CORT take on the stress while removing the guesswork associated with cost?” said Mark Koepsell, senior vice president at CORT. “Each year, we work with students and parents who are grateful and relieved to discover that they can furnish their entire apartment, from beds and couches to flat screen televisions, accent items and even kitchen accessories, without lifting a finger. CORT delivers all the items and picks them up at the end of the lease term.”

CORT can also help parents and students find the ideal apartment, through its online service, ApartmentSearch, or with in-person, guided tours with local market experts.

About CORT
For the past 40 years, COST has been a leading provider of home and office furniture for more than 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. Government. CORT is a Berkshire Hathaway company and is now bringing its proven standard of excellence to thousands of students and parents with solutions tailored to their unique needs. Rental furniture can be delivered or removed “on-demand,” ensuring students maintain the highest quality living standards with the least hassle and no hidden costs involved for parents. Rental packages start at $99 per month with 12-month lease options; other lease terms including nine month leases are available. For more information on student rental packages, see http://www.cort.com/student. For more information about CORT, please visit http://www.cort.com.'

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