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Living in digs has returned to popularity among students

Living in digs has returned to popularity among students

Living in digs has returned to popularity among students

Mairead O'Callaghan has been a landlady for 15 years, welcoming students from all over the world into her home in Cork.

She says it's vital is to provide a secure, homely environment while also ensuring they have everything they need from broadband to spotless rooms.

Mairead, who's originally from Kilrush in Co Clare, now lives beside University College Cork and currently has four students from Ireland and Toronto.

One lodger has been with her for four years and is coming back while he does his PhD.

Mairead charges €100 per week including all bills, and students can stay seven days, making use of the kitchen where they have their own cupboards and fridge-freezer.

Each student has their own bedroom and share a conservatory and dining room while Mairead and her husband have their own separate living room.

Mairead says that she's kept in touch with all her students over the years, and has even been invited to some of their weddings.

"I make sure they feel at home and have everything they need whether it's a first-aid box or a hotwater bottle," she says.

Irish Independent