Tips and Tricks
Finding Accommodation for UCC Students
The Student Residential Services Office
The Student Residential Services Office is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 2018
UCC has now launched its online Centralised Placement Service for incoming first years who wish to avail of bed in a student complex, but have not yet secured accommodation.
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.
- To register for the service, students should complete the Accommodation Placement Form, which is now live. Although there is no guarantee that accommodation will be sourced, staff will endeavour to assist where possible.
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. This lottery has now closed and will not accept any more bookings for 2018.
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. Many of the privately owned complexes are already booked up for 2018.
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 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
- Having accepted a course in UCC via the CAO, incoming first year students should be actively searching for accommodation. Students can search for private rentals and Digs through other options including the UCC Students' Union Accommodation Search group on Facebook, Daft, homes.usi.ie and Hosting Power as well as other online web platforms and local classified adverts.
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:
- Ask the landlord if they are registered with UCC Student Pad.
- Ask for their RTB registration number. The number should be in the following format xxxx-xxxxxxxx
- If given an RTB number, you should email email@example.com to verify it.
- 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:
or 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
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.