Graduate enters short-term home rental market

Graduate Hotels has launched Graduate Homes, a premium short-term rental offering with properties available to be booked in Oxford, MS, and Ann Arbor, MI, for stays beginning this fall.

Specializing in university-anchored markets, Graduate Homes offers travelers an elevated guest experience and local homeowners the opportunity to earn additional income during peak university weekends such as home football and basketball games, graduation and homecoming, according to the company.

“We’re thrilled to introduce travelers to the next iteration of the Graduate Hotels guest experience with the launch of Graduate Homes,” said Kevin Osterhaus, president, Graduate Hotels. “The short-term rental market has exploded in the last few years, and as a hotel brand that is rooted in university communities, we felt this was a natural next step for our brand. We hope Graduate Homes becomes a staple for families and travelers to celebrate milestones for many years to come.”

Guests will enjoy homes in prime university locations; VIP amenities including a dedicated concierge service to coordinate everything from transportation to a tailgating experience; access to Graduate Hotels pools and fitness centers; and exclusive discounts across Graduate Hotels bars and restaurants. Guests will also be able to book in-home experiences, such as yoga classes or personal mixologists, through Graduate Hotels partnership with experiential platform Way.

Graduate Homes offers homeowners an “unrivaled” renter experience, providing higher returns and handling all management services including the booking platform, marketing of listings, vacation planning, concierge services and pre- and during-stay communication, according to the company. Homeowners listed with Graduate Homes will receive additional incentives and perks including exclusive access to their neighboring Graduate as well as a 20% discount at the 32 Graduate Hotels properties across the U.S. and U.K.