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|Choosing a place to stay in a foreign country of which you know next to nothing about can be a daunting process. Your options tend to be pretty limited, and your decisions are based on very little information. However, we hope to help some way towards changing this by providing some information on house-hunting in Cork in this section!
For those of you who are in Cork already and house hunting for a place for next year (for example, after living in UCC Campus Accommodation for the 1st year), go straight to the section on using Daft.ie and this section on house-hunting in Cork. For first-time arrivals to Cork, read on...
Broadly, for the first year foreign student coming to UCC with no relatives or friends in Ireland, your options are one of either of the following:
For most 1st time arrivals to Ireland, the top two options: UCC Campus Accomodation and Daft.ie, are probably the most realistic options, if not the best. I'll go through each of these options below:
|UCC Campus Accommodation & other Student Halls
|For most international students, this would be the main option when it comes to getting a place to stay initially for the first year. This is because when you're accepted to study at UCC, the college will automatically offer you accommodation at any of the various UCC Campus accommodation Complexes available. Despite being the simplest option though, it is worthwhile obtaining some further information before going with the "default" option and choosing UCC Campus accommodation...
There are several UCC Accommodation Complexes available: Castlewhite, The Spires, Victoria Lodge, and University Hall. You can get a general overview (pictures, prices, booking information etc.) of these apartment complexes by checking out the following website:
Other private halls of residence exist. The largest and most popular is the Victoria Mills complex at Victoria Cross next to University Hall. Brookfield (next to Brookfield the Health Sciences Building) is another private complex and is extremely convenient to UCC.
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Daft.ie is an online service for selling and renting out houses. It also has a service for matching up people looking for room mates to share the cost of renting out a place.
When doing a search on Daft.ie, you have the option of limiting your search to certain areas, which is very useful. Most UCC students (with no cars) would consider living in the following areas only, because these areas are located close to the campus:
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- Cork City Centre
|House-hunting in Cork - Manually
This section is for the benefit of those who are already in Cork and are probably at the end of their 1st year and looking for a place to flee to for 2nd year after spending the year in Campus Accommodation.
To find a place to stay, these are the places you must go forth and seek:
UCC Campus Accommodation Complexes
Visit these complexes to get an idea of what these places are like. You can then compare the houses you visit against the standard set by these apartment complexes - which are always available to fall back on should your house hunting efforts bear no fruit.
Visit the Accomodation Office in UCC (on College Road across from Boole Library)
The Accomodation Office of UCC houses numerous advertisements aimed specifically at UCC students, for places to rent which are within reasonable distance from the main campus. Be forewarned, though: finding a decent place among these many advertisements is a chaellenging task - most of these houses cater specifically for students and as a result are pretty run-down places. A personal visit to check out every single place you consider is a must.
Visit the offices of the numerous real estate agencies in town
There are many real estate agencies in Cork, and some of them deal with places for rent as well. The places they deal with are aimed at the professional crowd; thus they tend to be much better than the "student" places advertised in the accomodation office. However, they rent out entire houses (like on Daft.ie) that means you must have room mates lined up immediately, an option most 1st time comers do not have.
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