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Off-campus living seminars for MSU students set for April 9 and 12

April 1, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - The Montana State University/Bozeman Good Neighbor Committee will host free seminars April 9 and April 12 to help MSU students planning to live off-campus for the first time how to negotiate local resources and how to be good neighbors.

“Off Campus Living 101” will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in SUB 233/235 and at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Stadium Club Room at Bobcat Stadium.

“The goals of the seminar are to prepare students to live off campus by educating them on what to expect and making sure they have the proper resources available to them. By better informing them of the intricacies of renting in Bozeman we hope to posture these students as successful Bozeman residents,” said Chelsea Schmidt, MSU assistant director of business and community relations. “We want to share valuable information about community resources and offer tips about how students can be safe, welcome and positively impact their new neighbors.”

Geared toward students moving off campus for the first time since leaving home, seminar topics will include finding the right rental property, important safety features, understanding lease agreements, and tenant rights and responsibilities. Panelists will advise on selecting responsible roommates and making a successful transition into local neighborhoods. Panelists will include representatives from the City of Bozeman, Peak Property Management, Bozeman Police and Fire Departments, Copper Whiskey Bar & Grill, Associated Students of MSU, University Police and MSU Residence Life.

“Community involvement is a huge factor in our Good Neighbor Committee initiatives,” Schmidt said. “By introducing city officials, emergency responders, and local business owners and involving them in the seminars we are putting faces with neighbors and posturing all sides for a better relationship.”

Launched in 2012, the Good Neighbor Committee encourages positive interactions between permanent community residents and students through a myriad of programs and this seminar is the latest initiative to equip students to be good neighbors.

The committee will hand out Good Neighbor Bags at the seminar as part of an ongoing initiative to share information with students about the Bozeman community. The bags include items such as bus schedules, an events calendar, coupons for area businesses and maps. Participating students will be eligible to win more than $500 in raffle prizes and can enjoy free refreshments.

Interested students may register at or contact Schmidt at (406) 994-7884 for additional information.

Contact: Chelsea Schmidt (406) 994-7884,