Publication Date

Summer 2017

Document Type

Project Summary

Degree Name

Master of Science


Computer Science

First Advisor

Soon-Ok Park, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Xin Chen, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Alex Liu, Ph.D.


Affordable rental housing plays an important role in meeting the housing needs of feasibility and short-term stay. This project is intended to assist individuals looking for affordable rental housing throughout their location, preferences and budget during their short term stay.

The purpose of this project is to develop an e-commerce site “Home away from Home” that provides easy-to-use search tool that lets a user to look for rental housing using a wide variety of criteria and special mapping features such as find colour photos and detailed information about each unit. It also provides link to resources and accommodating instruments, for example, a rental plan, and extra data about leaseholder rights and commitment. This site helps to contain need-to- know information about property listings, bookings, payment processing, post-rental ratings that can be accessed with a quick tap while on the go. It has 3 parameters: Admin Account, Owner account and Renter/Guest account, each has its own functionality such as profile, settings and privacy policies. This website is mobile friendly, and offers functionalities including account management, uploads, auditing, and reviews on the both renter and the owner of the property.


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