'I see places advertised but not for students - I don't know why, I'm here to get a degree, not party'
Published 18/08/2015 | 02:30
Gabor Romhanyi (19), from Donegal, claims that it is even harder to get accomodation in the capital now compared with last year - and now that the CAO results have been announced it will only get harder.
He said: "My goal was to find somewhere before the CAO results were announced but I couldn't get anywhere, now there will be a lot more competition to get a place."
The politics, economics and law student in DCU claimed that many rental property advertisements rule out students from renting the house in question.
"The hardest thing is that when I find something within my budget, the first thing I see on the advertisement is that it's not available for students and I don't know why. I mean, I'm in Dublin to get my degree. I'm not here to party or to waste my money - I'm there to get an education," he added.
The Donegal teen receives a grant and works part time to help him get by but still finds it hard to make ends meet at times.
"I get the highest maintenance grant from Susi (€650) so I'll be looking for a house that's €400-€450 so that I can afford food and transport costs for the month, which will only be about €200 so, it's not that much. I work as an events executive for DCU to better support myself," he said.
Gabor has not had to take out a loan so far, but fears he may have to. He said: "Last year I didn't take out a loan, I took out an overdraft of €600, but this year I will definitely need more than that."
He tried to find more work in Dublin, but was unsuccessful, so he moved back to Donegal to save money this summer.