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There is unprecedented demand for student accommodation this autumn

There is unprecedented demand for student accommodation this autumn

There is unprecedented demand for student accommodation this autumn

There are unprecedented difficulties this year on the student accommodation front – not only in Dublin, but in colleges all around the country. There is a general shortage, and what is available can be expensive.

Many first-years are still waiting to hear whether they have a place in on-campus accommodation, which is an ideal choice but there not enough beds to meet demand in any college.

In any year, if campus accommodation is not available, the advice to first-years is to seek out a “digs”-style arrangement in a family home, where costs such as utilities are included and meals may be provided, and provides a “home-from-home” base from which to embark on their studies.

This year, because of the shortage of any other options, including purpose-built student residences off-campus, colleges are pushing the “digs” option strongly in their local communities, asking home-owners to open a spare bedroom to a student. The advantage for the household is that they can earn up to €14,000 a year tax-free by letting a room.

The advice for anyone receiving an offer who hasn’t sorted a place to live is to check with the college accommodation service or its website, or the students’ union in the college, which may have some listings of available accommodation, and can also offer general guidance.


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