Wednesday 26 October 2016

'If you're desperate, you'll take anything' - UCD student struggles to find accommodation weeks before classes begin

Published 08/08/2016 | 02:30

UCD student Sarah Quigley
UCD student Sarah Quigley

Sarah Quigley (21) from Tipperary is about to begin her final year of English and German studies at UCD; however, she has yet to find a place to live for the academic year.

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She has been searching since early May but is struggling to find anything suitable within her budget.

Sarah could spend a maximum of €450 or €500 a month. "I've emailed loads, about 70, and a lot of places just don't want students," she says.

Sarah has lived in digs for the last two years, and while she enjoyed it, she is keen to try out independent living.

"It was cheap and it was handy in a way, but it was an hour bus journey away from college, so I'd like to get somewhere even in the city centre," she says.

If she can't find a place by September, when her course starts back, she will have to commute to and from Dublin every day.

"I don't really have an option," she says. "It is possible but it's a nuisance, and it's expensive as well.

"There are a lot of places in my budget but there are so many catches."

Sarah says the situation is only getting worse, and people are increasingly desperate: "If you're desperate, you'll take anything, and people know that."

Irish Independent

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