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Charity Is Good For Student Housing On Red Nose Day And Everyday

By: Shad Bookout

rnd 1Today is Red Nose Day. This nationally-recognized fund-raising event is taking the nation by storm. With its origin story dating back to Comic Relief in 1985, Red Nose Day is dedicated to helping end childhood poverty by way of raising money through entertainment.  It has already gained huge donations through corporate sponsorships and celebrity endorsements, and the rally for funds will be capped off tonight with a special NBC beginning at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

While Red Nose Day is such a huge, fun event for a great cause, charity events don’t have to be limited to only large rnd 2events. And, they don’t have to be restricted to conventional, Class-A apartment communities.  In fact, student housing offers one of the greatest potentials for charitable success. Today’s Millennial and Generation Z customers are fundamentally the most socially-conscious groups in history.  They have a unique perspective on the world that allows then to focus less on possessions and draw more happiness from experiences. Those experiences are a key factor that dorms, residence halls and off-campus student housing can benefit from.

One of the most important things you can do for your residents is to provide memorable experiences. To join them together for charitable giving not only provides support to your charity of choice but unifies them and creates the meaningful memories that they crave the most. This does not mean that you need to ask them to donate money. Volunteering and providing an investment in time and energy is the key component to strive for.

rnd 3The first step is to find a charitable organization that you can rally your student residents behind. Next, it is important to communicate with them about the event and the plan you have created (a great tool for this is the mass messaging features in PackageLog). Finally, be sure to take a lot of pictures and create a large “sharable” presence on social media in order to spread the word about your event and its participants. The word-of-mouth this creates will do more than just benefit your residents; it will also help create an environment where the most important amenity you talk about is that your residents have a lifestyle of togetherness and memorable experiences.

US Postal Solutions would love to support and help you coordinate all of your charitable endeavors. Please visit us at the links below to contact us and learn more about the other things we can do to help your dorms, residence halls, and student housing communities.

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Postal Solutions is the nation’s leader in the student housing mail delivery management industry, for both on/off-campus mail management services. The Postal Solutions Companies offers mail delivery management servicesinventory / asset tracking software, and parcel logging software / package tracking software. For more information regarding The Postal Solutions Companies, please call us today at (866) 378-8157 or visit us online at www.uspostalsolutions.com.

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Silence Can Be The Loudest Noise In Student Housing

By: Shad Bookout

silence 1The students have left. An eerie quiet settles over the community. Finally, you have a chance to catch your breath. As you look over the final reports covering the last few months a little smile gathers on your lips. You and your team did it. Your student housing community survived another semester. Enjoy the peace and quiet while it lasts. For this is one of the few times where quiet is a good thing. More often than not, quiet is the enemy of any student housing offering.

Quiet Means You Community Is Not Succeeding

silence 3The sign of a bright, vibrant and successful student community is a steady drone of noise. As daily life rolls on for your student residents, they busily scurry around from classes, to activities and back to through their front door once more. The pool and fitness center are always abuzz with chatter. Smiles – and sometimes tears – fill the mail room as they retrieve letters, cards and packages. Residents come and go through the office. Phones ring with the possibilities of future residents. The noise gives a great sense of normality and success.

The Silence Is Deafening

silence 2But what happens when silence fills the air? The absence of noise inside and around student amenities is a sign of despair. This means students are not active and enjoying the lifestyle that your community offers. Quiet in your mail center shows a lack of residents to receive mail and packages. Also, your current students are not engaged outside of their dorms, resident halls, or apartments when the only steps that can be heard in your mail room are those of the mail manager. The office falls silent. The phones stop ringing. The deafening silence reveals a community in despair.

A Sound Solution

silence 4Two things allow you to avoid the silence and embrace the sweet noise of student housing success. First, you must have the time needed to engage with your community’s residents. Spend time with them, creating some of the noise and hearing the stories that they have to tell. Second, create opportunities for the students to engage with your community staff. This engagement will help drive the communication that is the foundation of any great apartment community culture. The two of these combine, so that the only silence you hear are for a few short days each summer.

The professional mail managers at US Postal Solutions make it their goal every day to ensure that you and your team are able to spend time with your residents (both current and future), instead of having to sort, distribute and deal with the headaches of student mail. In addition, our package notification system – PackageLog – offers you a variety of communication tools, including texts and emails to your residents, so that you message never falls on deaf ears.

To learn more about how we can help your community succeed, click here.

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Postal Solutions is the nation’s leader in the student housing mail delivery management industry, for both on/off-campus mail management services. The Postal Solutions Companies offers mail delivery management servicesinventory / asset tracking software, and parcel logging software / package tracking software. For more information regarding The Postal Solutions Companies, please call us today at (866) 378-8157 or visit us online at www.uspostalsolutions.com.

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Will Your Student Housing Residents Miss You?

By: Shad Bookout

miss you 1Congratulations! Another term at your university has finally come to an end. The last few students are filing out of the dorms and out of their student housing communities. Sure, some will stay on through the summer and others will soon return. But during the summer, what are your doing to stay fresh on the minds of these residents? Most (if not all) have already signed their renewals. For those who are staying, are you continuing to keep your community culture alive? For those who have left and are destined to return, how are you going to ensure that they will spend their summer missing you and be eager to return?

Keep Active Over Summer

miss you 2Summer may be the most relaxing time a college student could enjoy, but the same cannot be said for students housing teams. You are busy preparing the community for the fall term while at the same time trying to market and lease the last few apartments / rooms that you have available. Many places even have reduced staff and reduced hours. So how will you possibly fit more into your already-packed summer schedule?

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It is important to stay connected to your active residents, even during the summer break. Today’s generation of student residents care more about experiences and lifestyle than they do price. They are going to continue to live in a place that makes them happy and creates a sense of community. So to prevent brand loss, you must play as active a role in their lives as you are when they are living inside your borders.  Also, be sure to leverage the power of those who are spending the summer still living there. Have them be a resource for you in the marketplace by offering them incentives to spread the word about your community. These brand ambassadors will often be able to create new partnerships that can aid you well into the fall term and beyond. Make sure to keep your strong sense of community active for them, so they continue to see you as home and not as just another place they might live.

Make Them Miss You

miss you 47K0A0800For those students who will spend the summer away from you, reach out to them regularly. They loved to receive mail from others during the past few months with you. Now, turnabout is fair play. Mail fun reminders and informative / interesting items to them while they are away. These “missing you” messages help drive home that strong sense of community even though they are not physically there. Since Millennials and GenZs prefer to communicate via technology, use text messaging and social media to reinforce this summer brand messaging. Ask them to share their summer with you, so you can learn more about what you can share with them when they return.

We Are Here To Help

Of course, the team at US Postal Solutions would love to help you along the way. Our PackageLog system gives you and an easy portal in which to communicate to your residents via text and email. It is more than just package notifications. It is a fast and easy way to mass message everyone who is a part of your community. In addition, our team of professional mail managers can take the heavy burden that sorting and distributing student mail causes. That way, you have more time to focus on what it is that you do best: making your student residents miss you, and eager to return in just a few short weeks.

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Postal Solutions is the nation’s leader in the student housing mail delivery management industry, for both on/off-campus mail management services. The Postal Solutions Companies offers mail delivery management servicesinventory / asset tracking software, and parcel logging software / package tracking software. For more information regarding The Postal Solutions Companies, please call us today at (866) 378-8157 or visit us online at www.uspostalsolutions.com.

 

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How Your Student Housing Community Can go Green for Earth Day

by: Christine Blank

earth day 1Today is Earth Day, a day where we celebrate conserving our resources and beautifying this great planet on which we live. While many of us recycle at our own homes, take the bus or ride our bicycles and other earth-friendly actions, we often forget that we can go green at our student housing communities. More universities are seeking green alternatives now, not only because of the signficiant cost savings they can realize, but also so they can serve as excellent examples for the future leaders of America.

Go green in your office

earth day 2There are many cost-effective and easy ways to go green in your office and throughout your facility. One of the first orders of business is reducing your paper usage. Communicate with your residents by email and text whenever possible, which is the way Millennials and Generation Z prefer to be communicated with anyway. Switch all your light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs or LED bulbs, which significantly reduce your community’s energy usage while saving you hundreds of dollars a year. Place recycle bins in the office and get all staff on board with recycling paper, plastic and other recyclable materials. Switch to drought-resistant landscaping, instead of grasses that require hundreds of gallons of water a year. There are many plants and materials –such as rocks – that can help your community look just as beautiful as grass does. Another water-saving tip: switch to low-flow toilets throughout the community.

Go green with amenities

earth day 3There are so many easy, earth-friendly changes you can make in your student-facing areas, and you can use these changes to attract new tenants as well. For example, you can differentiate yourself from other communities by offering bottle-refilling stations near water fountains. Trash porter companies such as Invisible Waste Services not only keep your property looking clean, but also dispose of trash in the right way. Many offer recycling services to boot. In your model, fitness center and other common areas, switch to light sensors, so the lights only turn on when someone is in the room. Believe us, your millennial customers are very conscious about earth conservation, and will appreciate the extra efforts you are making.

Go green with your student mail

ae recycle 1.jpgPackaging produces tons of waste a year. While you can’t control the number of packages arriving at your community daily, you can provide recycling containers in the office and throughout the community, for not only the paper packaging, but also for the packing materials, such as plastic bubble wrap. And, instead of using paper or spending time on the phone, you can alert your residents when their packages arrive via email and text. PackageLog’s package notification system automatically notifies residents when their packages arrive, saving you signficiant time and money. And the system’s text and email alerts allow you to communicate with your residents about events and policies saves you from wasting paper that would be used to mail notices or place them on each door.

Postal BinsYour student mail center is another place where paper can be a massive issue. Not only is the sorting and distribution of mail to your residents messy, it is also time consuming. Professional trained mail managers, like those at US Postal Solutions, help keep the inflow of mail from piling up and help keep waste down to a minimum. Most importantly they allow you to get back to doing what it is that you do best: Keeping your student housing residents happy. Happy Earth Day.

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Postal Solutions is the nation’s leader in the student housing mail delivery management industry, for both on/off-campus mail management services. The Postal Solutions Companies offers mail delivery management servicesinventory / asset tracking software, and parcel logging software / package tracking software. For more information regarding The Postal Solutions Companies, please call us today at (866) 378-8157 or visit us online at www.uspostalsolutions.com.

 

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Why Your Student Housing Needs To Prepare For Gen-Z

By: Shad Bookout

GenZ 1With most universities having a little less than one month left until summer break, many student housing communities, dorms, and residence halls are busily preparing for the exodus of students. Eager to return home after a long semester, a flood gate will soon open as a river of millennials flow onto the street for their summer voyage. For many, they will be returning in a few short weeks and will once again occupy their home at the university. However, there is a new resident on the horizon that will be arriving at your doors when the summer break ends. Get ready, for the days of the millennial occupation have come to end and Gen-Z is poised to take over.

Who is Gen-Z Anyway?

GenZ 2The generation immediately after the millennials was born starting the latter half of the 1990s. This young group has grown up with smart phones in their pockets, earning the nickname “screenagers”. As they begin the transition to college life, they carry with them a completely different set of values than the millennials that precede them. “Gen-Z is already out in the world, curious and driven, investigating how to obtain relevant professional experience before college,” The New York Times reports.  They are also extremely independent, tenacious, realistic, practical, and are always in a hurry to get to what is next.

What Gen-Z Wants

GenZ 3As they prepare to enter college life, Gen-Z brings with them a bevy of expectations.  This generation is used to getting what they want, so student housing providers have to work diligently to insure that these needs and expectations are being met. The top priority for them is speed. In a generation that only knows a world of Amazon Prime as well as on-demand music and movies, the only relevant time frame is now. Do not make them wait for a response for their needs to be met. Their impatience can lead to bad reviews and bad word-of-mouth. And, since they are all interconnected, peer-to-peer information carries an exceptional amount of reliability to them.

You also must provide them the power to feed their tech addiction. They are smart phone-reliant, which means communication via text will be more successful to them. This also means that your student housing community should have reliable bars (cell signal) throughout your community, dorm, or residence hall. Wi-Fi should not be limited to just common areas. Fur frugal students who are always on the go, it is important to provide the ability to connect at a moment’s notice.

GenZ 4Reliability is also important. Gen-Z are typically stubborn and pragmatic, and will quickly make judgments about the quality that you provide. Everything that you say you will do for them, you must successfully deliver to full completion and on time. The means more than just service requests. Mail must be delivered on time daily, as well as all notifying them the instant that their packages arrive in the office. And timely follow-up using their preferred methods (usually social media or text) is vital to not only their satisfaction, but to your success.

So get ready…Gen-Z is about to arrive at your student housing. Sure, they are a new breed of resident that wants and needs special attention. However, they are already the most financially successful group in history. They just need you to provide a great product and service, and you will earn their trust and money. US Postal Solutions is proud to help you succeed with Gen-Z as well as the last millennials who reside with you.

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Postal Solutions is the nation’s leader in the student housing mail delivery management industry, for both on/off-campus mail management services. The Postal Solutions Companies offers mail delivery management servicesinventory / asset tracking software, and parcel logging software / package tracking software. For more information regarding The Postal Solutions Companies, please call us today at (866) 378-8157 or visit us online at www.uspostalsolutions.com.

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How Your Community Can Stand Out In A Crowded Student Housing Market

By: Shad Bookout

unique 1As the days grow longer, the time that our student residents will be with us becomes shorter. And as finals are completed and your residents begin to depart, your thoughts will quickly return to the plans of preparing your community for the next wave of fresh young faces eager to start the school year. But what happens if no one shows up. Sure you have residents that have already renewed and some new residents that already put in their deposit and application. But what about the rest of your apartments? How do insure that your community will be filled especially if it is just like all of the other student housing offerings in your marketplace.

Is Your Customer Service Memorable

unique 2During the course of a campus tour weekend, a student (often with parents in tow) can tour most if not all of the student housing offerings in your market place.  After a full day of looking at apartments it becomes very difficult to start remembering one from the other. But if your customer service stands out above the others you are sure to have a memorable competitive advantage.  Make sure that you greet your prospects at the door and open doors for them throughout the tour. Use first names and highlight tour points that match the important points you discovered during conversations with them. Offer to take photos of them (using their smart phone / camera) at points they seemed interested in (also don’t forget one by your sign). Finally the first to follow-up is often the most likely to earn business. Send a text, email, tweet, or whatever forms that your future resident (hopefully) prefers. It needs to more than just a generic message and again mention personal points you discovered along the way. Lastly, have a strong call to action that drives them to put in the application before it is too late.

Is Your Marketing Unique

unique 3Memorable customer service is sometimes not enough to distinguish your community in a crowded market. A bigger challenge may be getting prospective residents to tour your community in the first place. Having great service will often lead to high online reviews. But what methods are you using to have people discover your brand for the first time. Take a lesson from creative brands and create marketing campaigns that are unique and just a memorable as your service. Create viral YouTube videos and distribute them through social media. Canvas your marketplace with magnets advertising your community (if it is funny that is a bonus). A community mascot is also a great centerpiece for any creative marketing strategy. Geico has a duck. Chick-fil-a has their cows. What is the best representative of your community’s uniqueness?

Are Your Amenities Special

unique 4If everyone wanted the same things in a car, we would all drive the same car. But because everyone has unique wants and needs, there are dozens of different car options on the market. Most of you competitors share many of the same amenities that you possess. But it is your unique offerings that make you unique in a world of student housing clones.  Charitable involvement is a great place to start and to create a connection between staff and your residents. Also, memorable resident functions are a great way to drive word-of-mouth marketing. Finally, when you advertise amenities, make sure to focus on lifestyle driven amenities that are unique to your community. A great example would be to use the package notification system – PackageLog – to help resident know when their packages are delivered to the community mail room. The messages can be customized in conjunction with your resident events and offerings to make sure the massages are as unique and memorable; just like your community.

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Postal Solutions is the nation’s leader in the student housing mail delivery management industry, for both on/off-campus mail management services. The Postal Solutions Companies offers mail delivery management servicesinventory / asset tracking software, and parcel logging software / package tracking software. For more information regarding The Postal Solutions Companies, please call us today at (866) 378-8157 or visit us online at www.uspostalsolutions.com.

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Top Four Student Housing Trends

Everyone in student housing – whether you are in management or in the leasing office – needs to know the market factors influencing student housing communities in the future. Commercial real estate investors and others in the student housing business learned about those market forces at the recent Third Annual Atlanta Student Housing Summit.

Here are the top four trends that experts shared at the meeting:

  1. amenity 1Amenities will continue to be the top draw for students considering off-campus housing. For example, Landmark is developinga $100 million project at the University of Florida that includes a hotel, indoor golf lounges, Starbucks and a VIP floor with a rooftop pool and private sauna, BISNOW reported. Students also increasingly expect high-tech amenities, such as Bluetooth surround sound and package delivery notification via text and email.
  2. The traditional double-trunk dorms with shared bathrooms will remain a mainstay options for on-campus freshmen and sophomores. “It might be an essential skill for later in life. They find they might be developing bonds they’ll have for a lifetime,” said Dr. Andrea Trinklein with Emory University, according to
  3. amenity 2Off-campus student housing can only be successful – in investors’ minds – if they are close to campus. And they must be near a bus line. “If you’re way off campus, it’s a project we’re not likely going to look at or want to finance,” said Vincent Toye with Wells Fargo, according to Just as in previous market examinations, location is everything.
  4. Student debt load may force lower student housing rents. College and university costs continue to escalate. In fact, 57 U.S. colleges are charging $60,000 or more for tuition, fees, room, and board for 2014-15, according to a Chronicle of Higher Education listing of tuition data released by the College Board.  However, in 2009-2010, only five colleges surpassed the $50,000 annually. As college enrollment skyrockets simultaneously, students’ debt load is increasing – there is a staggering $1.2 trillion student housing debt, according to Cecil Phillips, CEO of Place Properties. “That’s why I’m confident increasing affordability is going to become the mantra,” Phillips said at the Summit.

Teams 5Of all the trends the experts shared, the increasing importance of amenities – particularly unique amenities that help your community stand apart from the rest – is shaping the future of student housing. If you don’t give Generation Z and millennial residents the different experiences and high-tech amenities they desire, they will go elsewhere.  PackageLog help you stand out by providing you a method of email and text notification to residents when they receive package deliveries into your mail room. But even with high tech amenities at your disposal the best thing you can do is to take time with your residents and learn more about their individual wants and needs. US Postal Solutions takes the heavy time burden of sorting and distributing student mail off of your shoulders. Both services allow you to focus more time and effort on taking care of your student residents and making sure that each semester has a line of new residents waiting to move into your amazing community.

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Postal Solutions is the nation’s leader in the student housing mail delivery management industry, for both on/off-campus mail management services. The Postal Solutions Companies offers mail delivery management servicesinventory / asset tracking software, and parcel logging software / package tracking software. For more information regarding The Postal Solutions Companies, please call us today at (866) 378-8157 or visit us online at www.uspostalsolutions.com.

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The Top 5 Springtime College Towns

By: Christine Blank

Spring has come to student housing. After the long, extremely cold winter, everyone seems to be in a better mood and is getting outside to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Many U.S. campuses – and the towns surrounding them – are the best places to celebrate the arrival of spring, with their gorgeous scenery, festivals and other fun activities.

Here are our top picks for the greatest springtime college towns:

College Station  / Bryan, Texas

college towns 2Home to Texas A & M, Texas College, Baylor College and a host of other great institutions, this city is also one of the best places to be in the spring. There is always some sort of outdoors festival or event in this town, and many involve food. For example, many student housing residents will check out the huge All Things Chocolat festival on March 24 at Brazos Center. Then, the fun annual Rock the Casa Theta 5k will be held April 18 and the popular Downtown Street and Art Fair in downtown Bryan is the same day.

Orlando, Florida

college towns 3Student housing residents at the University of Central Florida, Valencia Community College, Full Sail University and Seminole State College, love getting out in this great city in the spring. First, the temperatures are in the pleasant 70s and 80s, versus 90s and above during the summer. Then, there are the exciting events happening around town – many of which are inexpensive for students. Many students flock to Winter Park for the annual Winter Park Art Festival, held March 20-March 22, which features free live music, art viewing and yummy fair-type food. And then there is the fun Spring Fiesta in the Park at Lake Eola on April 11 and 12. Students can hang out around the lake while sampling food and products from vendors.

Boulder, Colorado

Missouri v ColoradoHome to the proud University of Colorado-Boulder and a number of smaller colleges, this city has some of the best hiking and outdoors activities for college students who want to stay fit. They can head to the nearby Boulder Mountain Park and the Mount Sanitas Trailhead for stunning mountainous views. If hiking is not their thing, students can check out the Colorado Craft Beer Week at Twisted Pine, March 21-29, or visit the free Boulder Farmers Market Fine Art & Craft Fair on April 11.

Atlanta, Georgia

college towns 5This great Southern city is home to a number of top universities, including Emory University and Georgia State University. Atlanta and the surrounding area is also one of the best places for student housing residents to enjoy spring. The Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival, March 21-March 22, features 300 arts and crafts booths, food vendors and live international music.  Students can also take a break from studying and have some fun during the annual Comedy Festival, featuring over 70 national comedians at five venues, from March 25-29.

Oxford, Ohio

college towns 6Even though it is a small town, the home to Miami University is consistently ranked the best college town in the U.S. The ranking has been attributed to its low cost of living, low crime rates, and earning potential for people with a bachelor’s degree and higher. But we think also think it is because students have an enjoyable life here, especially in the spring.  Many students take part in the Ohio Spring Race Series on March 22 and visit the annual Spring Ice Show, May 1-2.

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Postal Solutions is the nation’s leader in the student housing mail delivery management industry, for both on/off-campus mail management services. The Postal Solutions Companies offers mail delivery management servicesinventory / asset tracking software, and parcel logging software / package tracking software. For more information regarding The Postal Solutions Companies, please call us today at (866) 378-8157 or visit us online at www.uspostalsolutions.com.

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Don’t Let Stress Ruin These Last Few Weeks

By: Craig Meddin, CEO

stress 1The last few days of Spring Break have arrived, and soon your student housing residents will be busy gearing up for the final days on the semester. As the end of school nears, many of your residents may begin to show signs of stress.  Some have test anxiety attached to the pressure of finals. Others may suffer from trying to develop a plan for moving out at the end of the semester. Some are worried about life after college, while others are worried about their return for the summer. Time management, relationships and roommate troubles add to these emotional burdens. For some, the stress will even be overwhelming.

As management and team members in student housing communities and residence halls, you are often the first to see the signs that this stress has on your residents. Roommates may be too caught up in their own challenges and become unaware of what’s happening around them. But these warnings are real and can have huge negative direct impacts, or impact others. By looking for a few signs, asking a few questions, and giving simple advice to your student residents.

stress 2As students become stressed there many physical signs. According to Fox Business, residents who were otherwise known for healthy lifestyles may revert to unhealthy eating and sleeping habits. Other warning signs include: social, outgoing people become reclusive, drastic changes in behavior, increased occurrences of illnesses, and even long periods when they just seem to disappear.

Once you have identified residents whom you observe are exhibiting such behaviors or that you know are having a challenged time, there are a few things that you can do. The University of Florida suggests this list of tips to students to help them manage their own personal stress:

  1. Understand your role in stress reactions
  2. Develop a balanced lifestyle and effective personal organization
  3. Learn specific relaxation techniques
  4. Gain perspective on problems by discussing them, and
  5. Clarify your values and develop a sense of spirituality

stress 3Psych Central expands on similar ideas to these, but goes on to describe additional coping tips. Physical activity, mediation, and engaging in things that create happiness all help students cope when times are tough. Those things can include a timely letter from home, a care package or even a personalized friendly invite to an event from the community staff. However, when things seem truly overwhelming, make sure they talk to someone who can help.

We hope that you, your team, and all of your student residents have a stress-free journey to the end of the semester. Our teams at Postal Solutions have many tools that can help you reduce your work stress and increase the time that you (and your team) can devote to the happiness of your residents. Contact us today and learn how we can help.

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Postal Solutions is the nation’s leader in the student housing mail delivery management industry, for both on/off-campus mail management services. The Postal Solutions Companies offers mail delivery management servicesinventory / asset tracking software, and parcel logging software / package tracking software. For more information regarding The Postal Solutions Companies, please call us today at (866) 378-8157 or visit us online at www.uspostalsolutions.com.

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Spring Break Fever Comes To Student Housing

by: Chelsea Seidman

spring break 1The first days of spring are close at hand. Soon, your student housing residents’ thoughts will turn to finals and then to summer. But for now, their minds are filled with the joyful thoughts of what happens next. Because, as the snow begins to thaw and the flowers return to the meadows, your student housing residents will embark on the time-honored tradition of Spring Break. But, before they depart for the parties, there are a few things that they (and you) need to do.

Before Your Students Leave, They Should…

  • spring break 3Leave information with roommates or others about where they are going in the event of an emergency.
  • Be sure to issue any maintenance requests, so that there are no last-minute repairs or servicing upon return.
  • Turn off the water and lights, and unplug any expensive electronics.
  • Close and lock all windows and doors.
  • Pick up mail and any packages that are waiting for them in the package room.

Before Your Students Leave You, You Should…

  • spring break 2Send your residents the tips and list of items that you request they do before they leave.
  • Encourage them to renew their lease if they haven’t already, because, when they return, all the new students will start apartment hunting.
  • Advise them if you will be entering their apartments for quarterly inspections or preventative maintenance.
  • Collect any outstanding rent or fees.
  • Set PackageLog aging feature to “OFF”, so residents’ packages do not expire and get returned to sender while they are out of town.
  • Post any office hours changes if you plan to have different hours during the break.

Spring Break is a great time to step back, finish up to-do lists, and rest for the final push to the end of term. Soon your residents will be gone, and you will have an action-packed summer getting your community ready for a fresh batch of faces and personalities. But for now, enjoy your break – your Spring Break.

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Postal Solutions is the nation’s leader in the student housing mail delivery management industry, for both on/off-campus mail management services. The Postal Solutions Companies offers mail delivery management servicesinventory / asset tracking software, and parcel logging software / package tracking software. For more information regarding The Postal Solutions Companies, please call us today at (866) 378-8157 or visit us online at www.uspostalsolutions.com.

 

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