Parent/Guardian Questions
Moving off campus is a rite of passage for most students – another step on their road to independence. At Smallwood Plaza, our goal is to make that transition as easy as possible for you and your student.

Professional Management and Maintenance
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Smallwood Plaza offers professional on-site management and 24-hour emergency maintenance. Many of our staff live and work on-site, and annually participate in extensive customer service training to make your student’s living experience a memorable one. Students who need assistance can meet with team members in the office, or fill out work request forms online for added convenience.

Individual Leases & Financial Responsibility
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At Smallwood Plaza, we offer individual by the bed leases. This is different from a traditional apartment lease, with one major benefit:  you and your student are only ever responsible for your rental installment.  As part of the lease agreement, Smallwood Plaza requires each student to have a “Guarantor” (a person 25 or older who is a resident of the U.S.) that will assume the financial responsibility of the lease in the event the resident is unable to. If a Guarantor is not available, a "Self-Guarantor Deposit” is available and requires 1.5 rental installments prepaid that will be held until the lease is completed and returned following move out (provided there are no damage charges or outstanding rental payments due). 

Inclusive Living
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Moving your son or daughter out on their own can be expensive. At Smallwood Plaza, we support families with many student-friendly amenities which are included in the overall rental installment to help ease the financial burden. There is no additional charge for: Internet, water, gas, cable TV, flat screen TV, fitness center, computer lab, study rooms, printing, and monthly social events. Each resident will be responsible for their electric bill. This means that students don’t have to worry about a bunch of additional utility bills each month. 

Residential Life
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Smallwood Plaza is a social community with a vibrant residential life program focused on social, physical, charitable and educational activities (and many free food events, too!). Residents are active participants in a variety of monthly resident events hosted by our team of dedicated community assistants and managers. Charitable activities have included relay teams to support Relay for Life, toy and food drives, and community clean ups. Educational activities could include everything from skin cancer awareness to tutoring support. And Smallwood Plaza regularly offers popular social events such as free pizza Fridays, breakfast on the go, and other fun ways to meet new friends and create lasting college memories.

Community Assistants
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Every year, many students vie for the opportunity to become a Smallwood Plaza Community Assistant (CA). CAs are assigned to groups of residents, and offer peer guidance and support during a student’s transition to off-campus housing. Smallwood Plaza hires approximately 4 CAs a year. The CA position provides students with valuable resume-building experience through their work as a community leader, problem solver, event planner, sales associate, and friend.

Pierce Education Properties
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Smallwood Plaza is owned and managed by Pierce Education Properties, a San Diego-based owner, manager and developer of student housing and education-based real estate. Pierce owns and manages a national portfolio of over 13,000  beds of upscale, purpose-built, off-campus student apartment communities serving students and universities throughout the U.S.