If you wish to speak to one of your Students’ Union Officers, contact details can be found here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finding The Right Place
If It can be difficult to find accommodation at the best of times never mind in the middle of a global pandemic! Only you know what is the right type of accommodation to suit your needs. Have a look at our overview on types of accommodation here. Then look at your timetable and budget and decide what is the best option for you. BE REALISTIC! We’d all like a penthouse apartment with a heated rooftop pool, but, do we actually need that level of luxury and more importantly can we afford it?
Make a list of your total income including work / grants etc. Now make a list of your total monthly spending, include lunches, transportation, fees and any other loans etc. Make sure to include what you spend on things like takeaway coffees and eating out as sometimes we overlook these because they’re not a ‘regular’ bill.
You should now have an idea of how much money you can afford to spend on your accommodation (that penthouse is not so practical right?!). Bear in mind when looking for accommodation if it does not include bills, what you can actually spend on rent needs to be adjusted to factor those in.
Once you know your budget you can compare that to the options available and hopefully find a suitable match for your needs.
FraudSMART in partnership with An Garda Síochána and Union of Students of Ireland urge students to be vigilant to rental scams and outline key advice to avoid falling victim - see information at www.fraudSMART.ie.
Scam Watch information can be found at Threshold Website, search the keyword ‘Scam Watch’ to learn more; www.threshold.ie.
If you have been scammed out of money you should inform the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation on: (01) 6663777 or visit the Crime Fraud Website immediately. Alternatively, contact your local Garda station.
Poor Quality Accommodation
If you are concerned about the quality of your accommodation, please check out your rights and what you can do here.
Please note that these pertain to private rented accommodation. If you are renting a room within a landlord's home, be sure to set out expectations and rules regarding rent, bills, and facilities before you agree to terms. Such accommodation is not covered by standard Tenants Rights legislation.
Unless you previously had a roommate or you've shared a room with a sibling, university could be the first time you find yourself living with strangers or friends. We all come from different walks of life, and that brings different experiences and ways of living to the table. It is important to consider this in order to effectively live in harmony with others - for the majority of the time at least.
We are only human and sometimes disputes, disagreements, or an undercurrent of tension can occur in shared accommodation. If you need advice, you can speak with a member of the SU team by emailing email@example.com . While we can't always control these situations, we can try our best to prevent them. See this guide on getting along with your roommates. If you've tried everything, or for whatever reason have decided that moving out is your best option, check out our “ending tenancy” section.
If you are in a dispute with your landlord it is important to know your rights. Sometimes disputes can occur due to misunderstandings or miscommunications so try to communicate calmly and effectively. The Residential Tenancies Board also offers a free mediation service for tenants and landlords. The service covers disputes about deposits, lease terms, termination of tenancies, rent arrears, market rents, and more. Any decision reached by the board is legally binding.