Student Accommodation Advice
Cork City has a variety of accommodation types that are available to students. We advise that you consider all options when searching for safe and affordable accommodation.
The search for accommodation should begin in early January. Many options will be unavailable by the end of February each year. If you are a returning student you should begin discussions with your current provider at this time as well, if you are happy to stay there again.
Campus Accommodation may be your preference but you should also consider all of the alternative accommodation when starting your search. There are almost three times as many rooms available in the private complexes than in Campus Accommodation but the application windows, standard and price tend to be very different throughout.
Public health guidelines
All UCC students entering student accommodation for the coming academic year must abide by the public health guidelines. For the initial 14-day period of your stay, you should maintain social distancing and, where necessary, self-isolation/restrict movements within the accommodation.
For this period you and your housemates should agree a rota/schedule for the use of shared spaces and facilities within the property, including the kitchen, living room, bathrooms and washing machine. Housemates should draw up a procedure for the cleaning of these facilities after each use. You should ensure that you have sufficient cleaning materials for this purpose.
After 14 days, you and your housemates can be considered part of the same ‘household’. At this point the restrictions can be relaxed. However, it is still best practice to maintain a high level of cleanliness.
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Campus Accommodation typically opens its application window in mid February and remains open for one month. Once the application window closes all applicants are included in a random selection lottery. All applicants, regardless of when they applied or any other criteria, have the same chance of being offered a room.
If you are not selected you will be added to the waiting list for later draws.
It is not possible to apply or join the waiting list once the application window closes.
Privately owned student apartment complexes
If Campus Accommodation is your priority, we also advise that you try to book a room in a private complex as well. Remember, you are not guaranteed a place in Campus Accommodation due to the random selection lottery but most private providers run a first come, first served system of booking.
The private complexes generally begin accepting applications from January/February. Please be aware that the most popular options may fill in a matter of minutes. For this reason you should carry out your research beforehand, knowing your budget, which complexes you are interested in, when they will be accepting applications and how you can apply.
If the private complexes are full when you begin your search you should check in with them periodically to enquire about cancelations. Rooms may open up through cancelations as we approach the start of the academic year.
It is possible to source accommodation in a house share at any time of the year. If you are interested in house shares you should start searching early and be prepared to continue searching for several months. You may find that there is more availability in April and May.
This kind of accommodation can be found through UCC StudentPad, the UCC Accommodation Search Facebook page and Daft.ie. Before you pay a deposit, please make sure to view it in person and do not secure the tenancy unless you are happy and feel safe.
Digs (owner occupied rentals)
Owner occupied rentals, also known as ‘digs’, can be found throughout the year. If you are interested in this type of accommodation it is best to search during the summer months. Digs can be found through various websites such as UCC StudentPad, Daft.ie and Homes.usi.ie.
It is important to note that renting in owner occupied accommodation is a licensee arrangement and the normal tenancy rights do not apply. With that in mind, it is important that you set clearly defined terms in writing before entering into this kind of agreement. If you find something suitable it is very important that you view it in person and meet with the homeowner before making a financial commitment.
When searching for private accommodation you should be vigilant for bogus landlords. If in doubt, do not pay a deposit.
Accommodation scams can happen at any time and you can do the following to ensure that you are not impacted by an accommodation scam:
- Ask the landlord if they are registered with UCC Student Pad.
- Ask if the previous tenancy has been registered with the Residential Tenancies Board (rtb) and if the landlord intends to register your tenancy.
- You can check out your tenancy rights on the RTB website www.rtb.ie
- You should always view a property prior to signing a lease or handing over money.
The Threshold website contains further information on accommodation scams.
Please be aware of potential scams on facebook sites which are not regulated by UCC. If you see posts like this:
Please consider that these may be scams. Only search through sites that are recognised in Ireland, such as UCC StudentPad, daft.ie, rent.ie, homes.usi.ie and other reputable sites. If in doubt, keep looking.
- Never send money without viewing the house, seeing a tenancy agreement and getting a key that you have checked in the front door
- Think again before sending your money to a non-Irish account number
- Always google the address and make sure it looks legitimate on the map
- If you are still not sure, email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will give our honest opinion