OUR TEAM is composed of UCR students and Alumni that have come together with a common goal in mind: Student housing made simple, reliable, and most of all accountable. This platform is a NEW and FREE platform founded by UC Riverside Graduate Nirmal Abeygunaratne to empower both student renter(s) and landlord(s) equally in their housing and community needs.
OUR TEAM has grown since our beta launch on Jan 23, 2015 and now is comprised of an Executive Board and several team members, proudly serving the student community. Most of our team members are current students that are currently attending classes as well as being involved in a company that they are passionate about. Remaining team members have graduated and are now persuing careers, yet still dedicate a large portion of their freetime to ratestudenthousing.com because they feel passonate as well as want to give back to thier student community.
OUR Team is also looking for talented and dedicated students that have a desire to get involved with a student run startup. Reach out to us at email@example.com
Nirmal J Abeygunaratne
Founder and CEO/President
Nirmal J Abeygunaratne designed ratestudenthousing.com because he experienced an amazing landlord and a landlord that was racist and beyond terrible all within one academic year at UC Riverside. He felt that students needed a platform that was accurate and non-commercialized. A resource designed by students for students, where ones comments can be shared among their peers without repercussions by landlord or property manager.
Nirmal’s major was Econ Law and Society at UC Riverside. He has always been passionate about providing accessible information to everyone. He feels when people are informed then they can make a decision that best suites themselves and their community. Shedding light on a gray and confusing area, such as student housing, has and will always be one of his passions.
Claudia is a current Biology student at UC Riverside. She loves being around children and hopes to become a Pediatrician in the near future. Claudia has participated in several leadership positions on campus with organizations such as Medlife, Apple Pie and Dance Marathon. She loves to contribute towards great ideas and good causes. She believes that everyone can make a change with a little hope and hard work .
Gerry is currently a third year at UCR studying Sociology. He is a charming and social individual who loves loves to meet new people. From a young age he has strived to help others in any way and works toward giving back to his community. At his church he has served as an alter server, usher, Eucharistic minister, and retreat leader. Outside his church he has participated in Youth Court as he aspires to go into Law some day, he has worked as an assistant teacher for local elementary schools, and even tutors middle school kids in English and Math. He puts in that same mentality of serving others here at Ratestudenthousing.com where he works very hard to better the experience of every student.
Akshay Devraj Patel
International Exchange Student Relations
Akshay is currently a Business major at UCR concentrating in Finance. He loves to make people smile and laugh and is currently initiating his first steps to doing stand up comedy! His interest in finance has made him interested in helping people with mortgage loans so they can live in the home of their dreams. Akshay has high hopes for his future and hopes to stay with Ratestudenthousing.com to grow with the business as well as the executive team whom he considers a second family.
Doodling and drawing were some of her favorite passions growing up, and continues to make a big impact on her life. Currently, Kristy is a last-year Studio Art major at UC Riverside. She believes art and design can make a difference in the world, and help communicate what words cannot. One of her inspirations is Bob Ross, who says, “Let it go, let it go. Remember this is your world. In your world, you can create anything you desire.” She is an energetic and bubbly person who loves to make others smile and bring the best out of them, and hopes she will do the same with her works.
Intern Web Development
You don’t need a B.S in Computer Science to code; all you need is a bit of gumption and the patience to turn 0’s and 1’s into a webpage! Arnel Jalbuena, a Political Science major, is a member of the Inhouse development team and responsible for bringing the vision of RSH to life. Front and back-end projects are part of his responsibilities in a very flexible and changing environment; anything to bring the mission of RateStudentHousing to the students.
Arnel received his first beat-down computer at the age of 8, where its complexity and capabilities fascinated a young mind. While it wasn’t much to most people, a personal computer was a rarity in the Philippines. Arnel aspires to play a bigger part in start-up culture and head into Intellectual property law with the right experience under his belt. But before that happens, the RSH team will see to it that it delivers its mission to the students.