Home Away from Home
For the new school year, most colleges located in Manila will have students coming from every part of the country. From as close to the Sampaloc area of Manila, to the farther reaches of Davao. One problem seems to be the most common for those living outside of the University Belt in Manila: finding a place called home. Be it a place to study or rest, a dorm is what most students refer to as a safe haven after a long day’s grind to be part of the more successful people in society.
From looking for a suitable dorm to actually knowing the area, a rag-tag group of friends and former students decided to help the leaders of tomorrow find a place to call their home away from home.
Co-founder Ryan Llamoso helped launch the start-up company Rentalbee as the solution to the common problem of most students: looking for the best dorm that suits their needs. This idea was formed during the time he and his brother Patrick Llamoso were unable to find a room to rent as a makeshift office around the U-belt. All this, while working their sideline as digital marketers and studying.
“We wanted to change the difficult, old-fashioned and bureaucratic renting process and put everything to an easy-to-use online marketplace,” according to Patrick.
UST, FEU, and NU are only a few of the big universities located here in Manila, and each year new students will look for the best place to settle in. What the Llamoso brothers aim to do is to make the process easier, more efficient, and fun – not only for the students but also for the property owners and managers.
From solo rooms to five bedroom dorms, Rentalbee has been working day in and day out to find partners with high quality and affordable dorms around Manila’s U-belt area. The company is also partnered with some universities in providing safe and quality housing facilities for its students. They have also started to tap dormitories and universities in other student heavy areas such as Taft, Katipunan, and Intramuros. All these to provide students from around the country and outside a safe place to rest, study and socialize.
Armed with the right tools and data, the Rentalbee team has been making leaps with no plans on stopping. “To provide an easier and efficient way for students to find their home and more is our dream. We believe as much as the late Dr. Jose Rizal, that the younger generation will be the leaders of tomorrow. What we do is simply find those future leaders a home away from home.”