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First-come, first-serve: Students line up outside of The Abbot in hopes of signing a lease

October 2, 2023
Dozens of MSU students line up along Abbot Road to secure their apartment at The Abbot at 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 2, 2023, the day that leasing opens at the complex.
Dozens of MSU students line up along Abbot Road to secure their apartment at The Abbot at 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 2, 2023, the day that leasing opens at the complex. —
Photo by Audrey Richardson | The State News

Early Monday morning, the sidewalks of Abbot Road were filled with students wrapped in blankets, lined up outside of The Abbot in hopes of signing a new lease with the complex

By 11:25 a.m., pre-nursing freshman Talley Levesque had been waiting for three hours, lining up at 8:30 a.m.

Students could be seen lining up on the corner of Abbot and Grand River near the Grand River Walgreens as early as 6 a.m. due to the high demand of off-campus housing.

Sage Soliven, a leasing agent with The Abbot, said the line out the door of The Abbot was specifically for two-bedroom and three-bedroom floorplans. Residents were asked to fill out an application a week in advance to get their information in The Abbot’s system and return Monday morning to sign a lease.

Soliven said groups were called in one at a time. Rooms were signed on a first come first serve basis.

By 1:30 p.m. on Monday, the two-and three-bedroom floor plans were fully-booked.

This system was created in response to the large influx of residents looking to sign a lease last year. Soliven said the amount of people present in the lobby last year made it difficult to know who arrived first, how many people were in one group and lead to arguments breaking out between residents.

This year, the prior applications and line made for a much smoother leasing process.

When asked why he was lined up for The Abbot, accounting junior Sean King explained his need for housing

“We’ll take anything we can get, we’re just trying to live," King said

King also mentioned that two other potential leases, one with Campus Community Management and one with Hagan Realty Inc., both fell through earlier this week.

At this time, places like The Abbot and CCM still have apartments and larger houses available for lease. Still, these listings could disappear soon as leasing started for many companies on Friday, Sept. 29 which have already seen most availability signed away.

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