Stories produced by students in the Meek School of Journalism & New Media
By: Katie Lovett
The population of Oxford has grown about 12 percent in the past 10 years and enrollment at Ole Miss is also increasing. All these people coming to town need a place to live.
“Inventory is down in Oxford, therefore, there is not as much for buyers to chose from when looking for a specific home or condo,” said local real estate agent Alison Alger.
Within the past couple months, new living facilities have been reaching out to the public to find new residents for their propertie. In fact, the Oxford community and Ole Miss students may have never had so many options.
“Although we are not affiliated with the university, we do want to let people know that we are a part of their experience here at Ole Miss,” said the leasing manager of Highlands Square, Ashley Mallett.
Each complex has added various amenities to help draw in customers. Some of these amenities include workout facilities within the complexes, pools and buses that will transport people to and from the Square and Grove on weekdays and weekends.
Anna McPherson, a sophomore at Ole Miss and current resident at The Connection, an older complex in Oxford, says her favorite thing about living in a complex off campus is that everything is nearby.
“The pool and gym are just a few feet away from my door.”
Alger says that whether the facility is old or new, price is also a factor when choosing a place to live. The new complexes have a wide range of prices. For example, the rate per person in a four bedroom apartment in The Retreat is $565, The Hub is $250, and Highlands Square is $570.
Sometimes no matter what the price, some people just want to be on their own.
McPherson said she decided to live off campus because she felt like living in the dorm was a “one year thing” for her.
Each living facility is putting the finishing touches on their complexes and plan to be open for residents at the end of the summer.
Ashley Mallett says Highlands Square will have their own bus transportation along with the O.U.T. bus that will take people to and from the Square and to and from the Grove.