Apartments.com Searching for "Messiest College Apartment"

Top College Slob to Win $10,000 for Free Rent and an Apartment Cleaning, Plus $2,000 to Spend on auctions.com


CHICAGOFebruary 10, 2000—College students are notorious for keeping less-than-clean apartments, but haven't yet received the recognition they deserve for the irresponsibility, laziness and apathy it takes to create a mess of appalling proportions. Until now.

National online apartment guide Apartments.com (www.apartments.com) has kicked off a search for the messiest college apartment in the U.S. with the first "Apartments.com Messiest College Apartment Contest," which will award $10,000 for rent and a thorough apartment cleaning to the most blatant example of out-of-control clutter, neglect and filth. As a bonus, the grand-prize winner will also receive $2,000 in e-bucks to spend on auctions.com (www.auctions.com), the world's fastest-growing online auction network and sister site of Apartments.com.

Entries for the contest will be accepted between February 9 and March 19, and must include two to four color photos of the nominated apartment and an essay of up to 250 words answering the question: "Why is your apartment the messiest college apartment in the U.S.?" College students can enter online or print out a mail-in entry form at the contest web site, www.apartments.com/messycontest.htm. Contest rules and guidelines for entering can also be found at the contest web site.

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Photos and essays from three finalists in the Apartments.com Messiest College Apartment Contest will be posted on www.apartments.com/messycontest.htm by April 3, when visitors can cast their vote for the apartment most deserving of the ignominious title of the "messiest college apartment" in the country. The winner will be announced on or about May 1. A virtual tour of the winning apartment, including numerous expandable photos and a Video Walk-Through´┐Ż, will be featured on Apartments.com.

"It's about time college students got their due for their uncanny ability to create horrendous messes of their apartments," said Christian Hicks, director of the Apartments.com Messiest College Apartment Contest. "Apartments.com is all about offering the most visual and interactive apartment ads on the web, so I'm guessing that those of us who keep our places clean will be a little shocked by the pictures we put up on the site."

"I'm glad that Apartments.com is finally giving us college students a chance to show off our work," said Toshiko Hiramatsu, a senior at Northwestern University. "It takes a lot of time and effort to get an apartment as messy as mine. I mean, I have to ignore everything my mom ever taught me. No washing the dishes. Never picking up dirty laundry. And who has time these days to clean the bathroom?"

About Apartments.com
Apartments.com is a leading national online apartment guide distinguished by its personalized searches, highly visual ads and affiliation with the local web sites of top newspapers across the country, including the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. It currently represents about one million apartments in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

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Apartments.com is owned by Classified Ventures, Inc. Based in Chicago, Classified Ventures was created by eight of the largest media companies in the U.S.: Gannett Co., Times Mirror Company, Central Newspapers, Inc., Knight Ridder, The McClatchy Company, The New York Times Company, Tribune Company and the Washington Post Company. Classified Ventures provides nationally branded online services in classified advertising marketplaces that build upon the local capabilities and expertise of its national affiliate network of more than 130 newspapers throughout the country.

Classified Ventures currently operates five national Web sites in the apartment, auction, automotive, relocation and new home construction categories, including Apartments.com (www.apartments.com), Auctions.com, cars.com (www.cars.com), MovingCenter.com (www.movingcenter.com) and NewHomeNetwork.com (www.newhomenetwork.com). Classified Ventures also offers HomeHunter as a local resale real estate service on the web sites of its newspaper affiliates.