Publication Date

Spring 2019

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Science


Computer Science

First Advisor

Xin Chen, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Soon-Ok Park, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Alex Liu


Home away from home is an e-commerce application for short stays of homes or apartments. It allows property owners to advertise and lease them for a short period of time. It has three different account types: one for e-commerce admin, second for owner who wants to lease his/her property and third for someone who wants to rent a property. The functionalities of this application include uploading photos, setting preferences, auditing, property listings, bookings, payment processing, post-rental ratings, surveys and web mapping. The renter can search for properties based on ratings and reviews, property owner can manage property reservation, e-commerce admin specifies authority and restrictions on the users.

The main goal of this application is to make the job easy allowing everyone to perform quick transactions like for the Owner to manage the property details, Customer to quickly get good deals followed by easy checkout and Administrator to manage properties and financial details. Many such functionalities have been embedded to explore, book and travel benefitting the user.