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Pictured, on-campus living space at the University of Limerick

Pictured, on-campus living space at the University of Limerick

IT’S NOT too early to start thinking about where to live when that college place comes around. Most people tend to pick a college close to home and in many cases don’t have to leave their own bedroom, but, for others, going to college represents a move out.

There are two good options for first years. One is to stay in “digs”, a home-from-home arrangement, with no surprise utility bills. In some cases, students can do their own cooking. The other is to move into purpose- built student accommodation, usually on campus, or very close by.

On-campus living

All universities and some other colleges have on-campus accommodation. In some cases, applications are already being accepted and there is no point in delaying if you can stake a claim on a place now. A deposit may be sought but most of it is refundable if the place is not taken up. Rental rates vary, depending on whether sharing, ensuite etc.

College accommodation offices and student unions also provide invaluable assistance to students seeking help in finding a place to live throughout the year and particularly after CAO offers are made.

College websites have all the necessary information on oncampus accommodation, and below is a quick guide. Dublin City University will be accepting applications from Monday February 22 at www.roomsatdcu.com.

Students must have their CAO number to make an application, which will be accepted up to midnight the day before CAO offers are made. Priority is given to students who have received a minimum 500 points and other rooms are by lottery.

NUI Galway has 10 independently- managed student residences around the city, demand for which is high, so book now. Applications must be made directly to the residence of choice and annual rates vary from about €2,800-€4,800.

NUI Maynooth is accepting applications online now for campus accommodation and places are awarded randomly after offers are made in August, with students on 500 points or more guaranteed a place.

Rents in their Rye and River apartment blocks will be frozen at 2009 rates, ranging form €3,496 to €3,648 University College Cork has a range of privately owned selfcatering, purpose-built student complexes off campus.

Prices range from €75-€150 per week based on a 39 week year. Applications will be accepted from the end of January. University College Dublin does not accept applications for its student residences until after a student has received a CAO offer and a UCD number.

Current year rates are €4,288 and €5,324, plus utilities.

Book early

Trinity College Dublin only accepts applications after CAO offers have been made.

First year accommodation is in Trinity Hall, Rathmines a few miles from the college. The current year rates are between €3,925 and €4,916.83, plus utilities. University of Limerick will accept online applications from the end of January for accommodation in one of a number of student villages, or contact the Accommodation Service for an application form.

Rent for 2010/11 is from €3,380 to €4,940, including utilities, subject to other charges. Waterford Institute of Technology has three student complexes and prices range from about €2,700 to €3,300 Griffith College on Dublin’s South Circular Road has halls of residence for students, including