Student housing: Luke likely to call friend's couch home
Heading into his fifth and final year in college, Masters student Luke Barrett says it is "inevitable" he will have to begin the year on a friend's couch.
Luke (22), from Milford, Co Donegal, is finishing the second year of his two-year Masters in education course and will be splitting his time between lectures in NUI Maynooth and teaching practice in a Dublin school.
"I'm a Masters student. This is my fifth year in Maynooth. I won't be getting up to any parties. I'm here to study, and yet it is impossible to get somewhere," he said.
Luke has been searching for a place since July, but says he has been frustrated by massive increases in rent from last year.
He says that "thankfully" he has a friend living in Maynooth, and adds that in "all likelihood" he will be sleeping on his couch at the start of his final year.