Tips and Tricks

Finding Accommodation for UCC Students


The Office of Accommodation and Community Life

The Accommodation Office offers an accommodation information service for all students. We provide advice for all current and prospective UCC students about available accommodation in the wider Cork area. We also provide an advocacy service for any current UCC Student who may have an issue with their accommodation.

Students can speak to a staff member in person by ringing 021 490 3849/2103, by email on or in person at our office on the 1st Floor of 6 Carrigside, College Road, Cork T12 KT27.  (Click here for a map)


Incoming First Year Students 2020

UCC offers an online Centralised Placement Service for incoming first years who have not secured accommodation by the time they recieve their CAO offer.

Students living at least 45kms away from the university will be prioritised via the service. Agreement has been reached that first years will be prioritised should vacancies arise in UCC-owned accommodation, block-booked complexes and certain private complexes via the placement service. Unfortunatley it is not possible for this service to guarantee an offer of accommodation.


Campus Accommodation vs Privately Owned Student Apartments

Campus Accommodation is the name given to four UCC owned apartment complexes and they come highly recommended. The details for these apartments can be found here. The booking system for 1st year students wishing to stay in Campus Accommodation is based on a lottery. Applications for the 2020/21 academic year will open from February 18th until March 18th.

The majority of privately owned student apartment complexes take bookings based on a first come, first served basis. Bookings normally open in February/March each year and students should put their name down for a place as soon as possible. You will find a list of the private complexes operating Cork here. This page is updated as we frequently as possible. If you are interested in booking with one of these complexes you should contact them now to enquire about application details. 

Hints and tips: The Campus Accommodation buildings are not actually on the UCC Campus but can be a short walk from the main and outer campuses. Most of the apartment style accommodation available to students is within a short walk of UCC and/or Cork City Centre. Make sure to put your name on all the waiting lists as you never know what will become available when the CAO offers arrive.


UCC StudentPad

UCC StudentPad is an online accommodation search engine for UCC Students seeking a private rental or Digs (owner occupied) option. Features include the Message Board, where students post details of available accommodation and, the Housing Advice section, which covers everything from an accommodation checklist to tenant rights.


Further options & initiatives


Scam Alerts

When searching for private accommodation you should be vigilant for bogus landlords. If in doubt, do not pay a deposit. You will find some information on avoiding a scam here.

Accommodation scams can happen at any time and you can do the following to ensure that you are not impacted by an accommodation scam:

  1. Ask the landlord if they are registered with UCC Student Pad.
  2. Ask for their RTB registration number. The number should be in the following format xxxx-xxxxxxxx
  3. If given an RTB number, you should email to verify it.
  4. You should always view a property prior to signing a lease or handing over money.


Scams on Facebook

Please be aware of potential scams on facebook sites which are not regulated by UCC. If you see posts like this:

Facebook Scam 1

or like this:

Facebook Scam 2

Please consider that these may be scams. Only search through sites that are recognised in Ireland, such as UCC StudentPad,,, 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 and we will give our honest opinion


Commuting to UCC

  • Student Leap Card, Ireland's national student travel and discount card, is available to purchase from UCC Students’ Union Offices.
  • UCC Park and Ride facilities are open to all students.  Parking and the use of the shuttle buses are free of charge.
  • Advice on Park and Ride, cycling, walking and public transport to UCC is available here.

Experiencing Accommodation Problems?

The Accommodation & Community Life Office will advise you on any issues you may be having with your rental property, landlord or housemates. Please contact us on 021 490 3849 for advice or for an appointment to speak with an advisor.

You can also get further infromation about your rights as a tenant/licencee here


Accommodation & Community Life