UW-Madison uses new app to help students find housing

UW-Madison Campus and Visitor Relations recently partnered with Abodo, a startup that helps students navigate off-campus housing options.

The CAVR office will use Abodo’s searching and sorting technology, which has more than one million rentals archived in 30 cities, but will maintain UW-Madison’s “look and feel,” Director Steve Amundson said in a university release.

Alec Slocum is one of two UW-Madison alumni who started Abodo in 2012, originally under the name MoveInMadison.com. He and Adam Olien, who moved more than a combined 10 times throughout their college careers, decided to launch a housing search business to ease the pain of finding a place to live.

"Moving is one of the most psychologically stressful events in life, and the process of finding a new home should be streamlined and smooth,” Slocum said in the release. “At its best, it should be interesting, fun. You are finding a new place, a new neighborhood."

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