Accomodation: Finding a home away from home
For many students, going to college means a move away from home, and choosing suitable accommodation is an important consideration. Options include living with a family close to college or booking a room in student accommodation.
Finding an affordable place to live in Dublin can be tough and students' unions encourage first years to consider staying in 'digs'. On-campus accommodation is available at the universities and some other colleges. Some offer alcohol-free accommodation (UCC, Maynooth), and others provide an option to include meals (UCD).
Below is a brief guide to on-campus accommodation:
DCU: Students can apply online only from February 29. Applicants who receive a minimum 570 points are guaranteed a room, and all other places are allocated through a lottery. Currently the lowest priced room is €4,172 (in a two-bed apartment with a shared bathroom and kitchenette), plus a €300 deposit and €450 for utilities.
NUI Galway: There are eight student residences, one of which, Corrib Village, is on campus. Applications will open in March, but students can register their interest online now on campusliving.ie. In the current year, a single room with a shared bathroom is €4,210, with a further €450 for electricity and water, and €225 for utilities. A booking deposit of €250 must be paid.
Maynooth University: Bookings will open on May 3. For 2016-17, a single room with a shared bathroom will cost €4,370 (including utilities). There is a €250 deposit at the time of booking.
TCD: First years are mainly accommodated at Trinity Hall, Dublin 6. In the current year, the charges for a single ensuite room are approximately €5,143, including utilities. Applications will be accepted only after a student receives an offer.
UCC: Bookings will open on a date to be confirmed in March, and can be made through the UCC Campus Accommodation Portal online. Currently, the rent for a single room with a shared bathroom is €4,890, including utilities.
UCD: Any student with a UCD course listed on their CAO form can add their name to the waiting list, and rooms will be allocated on a random basis. There is no application charge. For 2016-17, the rent for a single room with a shared bathroom in the Belgrove Residences is €6,607, plus a €400 deposit.
UL: Its Plassey Village complex is popular with first years. The rent for a single room with a shared bathroom is €3,770, including utilities. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and students can apply online from February. A deposit of €250 must be paid.
Griffith College: The college Halls of Residence, located on Dublin's South Circular Road, are also available for booking by students from other third-level colleges. For a single room, the rent in the current year is €9,960, and an application fee of €300 is payable online.
Marino Institute of Education: Its residences are also open to students from other colleges, and are convenient to St Patrick's College, Drumcondra and DCU. The rent for a single ensuite in the current academic year is €6,700, including security deposit.
St Angela's, Sligo student residences are also open to students at IT Sligo. In the current academic year, the charge for a single ensuite is €4,300, including security deposit.