Wednesday 28 September 2016

One student's experience: No one returns my calls

Jane O'Faherty

Published 22/08/2015 | 02:30

Sean McPartlin, from Rotoath who is studying Philosophy in Trinity College and is finding it hard to find accommodation
Sean McPartlin, from Rotoath who is studying Philosophy in Trinity College and is finding it hard to find accommodation

Sean McPartlin (17) got his points to start studying philosophy in Trinity College, Dublin, but finding a place to live hasn't gone as smoothly.

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Originally from Co Meath, Sean began looking for accommodation at the start of the summer. However, he says that few landlords in the capital have been open to taking on incoming students - especially if they are just beginning their undergraduate career.

"It's because of the partying and general debauchery associated with first years," he says.

Sean has been looking for a single room in shared accommodation on various property websites, as none of his friends or classmates will be going to Trinity. However, no landlord has invited him for a viewing at this stage.

He is set to begin his studies in mid-September. He says that he understands "the stigma" associated with his age group, but he has been frustrated at the lack of response from people advertising properties.

Unanswered

"There have been a lot of unanswered calls and un-replied emails," he told the Irish Independent.

"They [landlords] said they didn't want to hold me back from coming in at 4am."

Sean says he has no interest in living in a "party house", but being a 17-year-old first year has not made his search any easier.

Sean is looking for "anywhere within cycling distance to Trinity" but is now looking outside of the city centre.

"The average has been €500 to €600 per month - without bills in a lot of places," he said.

Irish Independent

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