Renting rooms to students was a 'no-brainer'
Tessa Finlay-Mulligan (59), from Blackrock, Co Dublin, has been renting out rooms in her home to students for eight years.
She takes three to four students a year, renting rooms to foreign students eager to learn English and Irish students moving to Dublin in order to attend college.
The idea of renting the space out to students was a no-brainer, she says.
"We had the space in the house. I'm from a big family and we've always had people coming and going and staying in our house growing up, so to me it wasn't an issue," she says.
"It's very handy extra cash, but it's not for everybody. A lot of people don't like other people in their houses."
The service she provides varies, depending on the student.
"You would provide breakfast, a packed lunch and an evening meal and you wash their clothes once a week or so. And that's about it."
In the eight years Tessa has been welcoming students into her home, she has only had one bad experience.
Despite this, she would recommend renting rooms to students.