With the overwhelming success of companies like Airbnb and the student housing market being underserved, we know our timing is perfect. We are hoping to engage support from people who want to be part of something game-changing.
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 30, 2014
RoomActually, the new off-campus student housing platform that provides an Airbnb-like solution for universities, have launched a Kickstarter campaign this week. Running through December 11th, the goal is to raise $50,000 in 45 days. It is packed with unique “rewards” for backers ranging from fun giveaways and a tree planted in your name to a trip to NYC to officially celebrate the launch of the product with the founders.
Ultimately, the campaign aims to drive the technology into the hands of those who need it most: the student community. “Based on the feedback we receive we’ll be able to refine our offering, raise more investment funds, and finally deliver the product to a broader market,” says RoomActually CEO and co-founder William Keck.
Student housing is scarce, risky, difficult to find and hard to manage. Many universities put up bulletin boards on campus where student or community members can post flyers. Others rely on directories and classifieds like Craigslist or Trulia. RoomActually’s platform promotes a safe, efficient and exciting alternative to finding and pay for off-campus housing. It is completely free for universities, landlords and students. It is intuitive, customized to the school brand. The technology provides renters with real-time availability, search options, lease signing and a secure way to make deposits or rent payments online and via mobile.
“Millennials, are the driving economic force in the US, and have been culturally programmed to borrow, rent and share,” adds Keck. “With the overwhelming success of companies like Airbnb and the student housing market being underserved, we know our timing is perfect. We are hoping to engage support from people who want to be part of something game-changing and a solution that makes students lives better.”
The company, based out of Manhattan, has already proven its technology in Europe. One university with over 6500 students and five campuses worldwide, already has 3000 landlords with listings and over 3700 total rooms available. Another public-private institution with 40 buildings and 5700 apartments is using RoomActually to manage housing on campus that is owned and operated by foreign governments.
View the Kickstarter campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/williamkeck/roomactually-revolutionizing-student-housing