Student Accommodation 20142015 Before you start college.. Research where you are going to live Think about your options What are your priorities? ◦ Cost? ◦ Location? ◦ Living with friends? What can you do now about applying? Cheap is good but be careful you don’t end up here!! Is Campus a better option for you? Pros Location Bills (electricity/gas) included Get to know more people Cons Can be more expensive Harder to study when lots of people together (can just go to library!) Think about who you will live with so you don’t end up with this! Living with Friends Living with friends is great as you know them already but it is a good idea to be clear on house rules/what you want before you move in together! Think about these: House parties/late nights Cleaning/Housework Division of bills/finances College Campus You will need to apply early and well in advance. Remember that you will not have any choice in who you live with if you choose campus. Campus can be more expensive initially but you will save as it is 9 months versus a 12 month lease and all bills are included. NUI Maynooth Applications are open from now and accommodation is allocated on a first come, first serve basis. A small no. of rooms are reserved for a lottery, which you can apply for on the 1st July. Website to apply is: http://residence.nuim.ie/BookingforonCampus2014-2015.shtml. DCU Applications can be made from March 4 and rooms, which are allocated by random selection will be offered in April. Unsuccessful applicants are included in a lottery for cancellations. Website address to apply is : http://www.dcuaccommodation.ie/home/h ow-do-i-apply.325.html NUI Galway Bookings are accepted from midFebruary. Application forms, information and costs are directly available from each of the nine student residences. Further information can be found at this link: http://www.nuigalway.ie/accommodation_ office/ UCD/TCD They accept names for a priority waiting list and accommodation is allocated on a first come, first served basis after the CAO offers in August. Many students get an offer of accommodation. The relevant link to apply is: http://www.ucd.ie/residences/ Remember.. It is important to apply for campus early, check the closing dates as many are in the next few weeks Most of them operate a lottery system but some give HEAR/DARE or scholarship candidates preference You will have to pay a deposit which you may not receive all of it back( some charge admin fee) Private Rented Accommodation For private rented accommodation (ie sharing a house with friends) a good idea is to check www.daft.ie for rentals available. Some may not rent to students! Watch out for 9/12 month lease, think about the summer also. Every college has an accommodation office that will give out lists of student housing. Key Tips for renting Always view a property before paying a deposit Always bring a friend or parent with you when meeting a landlord Ensure you have a rental agreement Always read and understand the Rental Agreement before signing. Always get a receipt for the deposit paid and rent in advance Always make a list of furniture and appliances with the landlord. Damage or loss of property is a regular reason for losing a deposit. If there are any outstanding repairs, ask the landlord to state in writing that they will be repaired - take photos if necessary.
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