'Sort your house out early or pay crazy money' - says college student
A Cavan student attending university in Dublin warns that people will end up paying "crazy" money unless they start looking for accommodation as early as possible.
Colm O'Reilly (19) is in his second year of studying computer science in DCU and has yet to find accommodation for next year.
"Last year I only found a place late enough. I only got it two weeks before college started. It was stressful and I ended up paying a lot of money this year for our rent in comparison to a lot of people who got their houses early and ended up paying a lot less money," he said.
"You have to start looking around this time of year. As soon as exams finish you start looking for accommodation because if you leave it too late all the good houses will be gone," he said.
Last year, Mr O'Reilly shared a house on Dorset Street in north inner city Dublin with four other students. He had to share a room with another student paying €500 per month.
"We were sharing rooms but you'd definitely prefer a room to yourself," he said.
Mr O'Reilly travels home to Cavan at weekends to work part-time to help pay for the rent.
"I know some people have to commute up and down from the country it's gotten that bad, so hopefully it doesn't come to that," he said.