- Does the management firm or the university determine residence hall policy (e.g., room rates and registration procedures, safety standards, drug and alcohol regulations)?
- How do housing rates at firm-owned halls differ from those at university-owned halls?
- Is the university or the firm responsible for implementing community-building programs or other retention-related programs for residents? How many staff does the firm employ to manage residence halls?
- How does the management firm market its residence halls to prospective residents?
- Has the university pursued or considered LEED certification for any of its residence halls?
Some universities choose to minimize the high costs of residence hall management by retaining a private management firm to operate select university housing complexes. This report describes the role of management firms in residence hall policy and programming development, especially in housing complexes owned by a university-affiliated foundation or a private developer. The brief also discusses the terms of management contracts, housing security, and the marketing and staffing of privately managed housing complexes. Select advantages and disadvantages of contracting with a management firm are noted throughout.