21 Oaks is ecstatic to start our first full month off with you guys the right way! We have even more events planned, along with a ton of opportunities to win some cool prizes. We want to make sure you’re happy here and have plenty of things to join in on! Stop by the office and ask us how to fill out our Customize Your Experience Survey. Stay tuned for more events to help you succeed in school now that classes have officially rolled back around. Good luck this year, everyone!

 

Special Highlight

  • Now that you’ve gotten time to get to know your roommates, put your brains together for some roommate games this month!
  • Don’t forget to check your online resident handbook for the code to access our 24-hour amenities.
  • Buses are up and running for the fall semester, so be sure to stop by for a bus schedule if you don’t already have one.
  • Help us keep our community clean by throwing away trash, as well as picking up after your pet and placing it in the appropriate bins.

 

Reminders & Updates

  • Rent is due on the 1st of each month and is considered late on the 6th. Late fees will be applied to any balance over $50 until the payment has been received.
  • Whenever you have pest control issues, call us and let us know so that they can come out to you.
  • If you ever have any issues with your internet or cable, call Pavlov at (888) 472-8568 or email them at [email protected].
  • Events are not mandatory, but we promise you’ll have a great time! Each event offered here at 21 Oaks is free for you to join.
  • Be sure to unplug electronics before you leave the house because they can still use your electricity when not in use.
  • Keep in mind that if you have an emergency work order, you MUST call it in instead of submitting online. Water intrusions, power outages, and HVAC systems are examples of emergencies.
  • Make sure all of your guests are parked in spots labeled as “Visitor” to avoid being towed.

 

Tips on Living with Roommates!

Perhaps one of the greatest advantages of living in a Campus Advantage community is the opportunity to live and work closely with all types of people. We know that living with roommates isn’t always easy, whether you moved in with friends or were matched up with new people. Either way, it’s perfectly normal to have the occasional roommate conflict, and there’s actually a lot to be gained from handling a difficult situation maturely and respectfully.

We want to make sure you have the tools to handle these situations should they arise, so check out the tips below to ensure you and your roommates have the best living experience possible this year:

  • Schedule a roommate meeting: Set up a time for all roommates to get together and have a proactive conversation about each person’s preferences and expectations when it comes to cleanliness, guests, sleeping/study times, the use of others belongings or food, etc.
  • Be open minded: You and your roommates may be very different, and that’s OK! Stay open minded and positive about your roommates’ views and experiences, and you may end up learning a lot about them and yourself in the process.
  • Give each other space: Even though your apartment is made for multiple people, everyone appreciates having space to themselves once in a while. Make sure you’re sharing time in common areas and respecting each other’s privacy.
  • When in doubt, talk it out: Most problems can be solved by just talking through the issue before it gets out of hand. If something is seriously bugging you about one of your roommates, bring it to them in a mature one-on-one conversation before bringing in other roommates or escalating the situation. Passive-aggressive behaviors won’t help.
  • Divide responsibilities: While every roommate should commit to cleaning up after themselves, determine the best way to divide other responsibilities, such as taking out the trash, vacuuming, cleaning the kitchen, etc., to ensure everyone plays their part.
  • Use conflict resolution backup: While talking can usually fix an issue in its early stages, sometimes a more structured approach is necessary. If you’ve tried and feel your efforts aren’t helping resolve an issue between roommates, reach out to your Community Assistant or the management team to help you brainstorm options. The management team is trained and willing to help conduct a roommate mediation process if necessary, but is also happy to provide you with tips and tools to handle it yourself.

We want you to have a successful living experience while at our community, but we know that living with roommates can mean an occasional difference of opinion. When roommates decide to communicate their expectations, listen and try to understand each other, and care about each other’s well-being, the many great memories you make will outweigh any small conflict you may have.

Community Events Calendar

Feud of the Roomies — September 19 @ 4 p.m. — A 21 Oaks remake on Family Feud, but with your roommates! Get your apartment to come out for a chance to show off your roommate skills in an all-out USC game show.

Capture the Flag — September 24 @ 5:30 p.m. — Which zone will be victorious? Come make team T-shirts and play a property-wide game of Capture the Flag. Winners get a pizza party, 21 Oaks gear, and bragging rights.

Help Bring Change for Houston — All Month Long — Drop by and bring in spare change for Hurricane Harvey victims. The zone with the most change gets a special treat delivered at the end of the month to their doors!