'It's so hard to find something in my price range'
Aoibhinn Raleigh (19) will soon start her first year of Multimedia Studies at Dublin City University.
Aoibhinn, from Co Kildare, has been looking for accommodation since January after she switched from a teaching course.
"It's just been so hard to find something in my price range, as well as something which isn't completely falling apart," she said.
"I find a lot of the accommodation available to students is completely outrageous, they expect you to pay around €500 to €700 per month for an apartment that is filthy."
Aoibhinn said many students are struggling to even get a reply from prospective landlords.
She said: "I find it's not competitive but it is hard to get a reply from a lot of the renters, which makes it difficult to even get an idea of what you could or could not get around there."
"I would have loved student accommodation but that seems to have gotten extremely competitive this year, by April most of the rooms were already gone," she said.