THE SEARCH IS ON...
Hi- Kim your Welfare Officer here. Starting in University is an exciting time! For many, it means the chance to move away from home and begin a new chapter in your life. The search for accommodation in Maynooth can be tough- you have got to stick with it and not lose faith.
In Maynooth we are lucky that no matter where you decide to live you can be sure there’s a fellow Maynoothian not too far away, so although living in a new place can be a little frightening and lonely, remember you’re never alone.
Maynooth is also Ireland’s only ‘University Town’, which means that things are different to places such as Dublin or Cork. There is a limited supply of private accommodation in Maynooth compared to other places, this means there are greater rates of students who live in ‘digs’ or rent rooms in private houses.
The size of Maynooth also means that no matter where you settle in the town, you are always near to college so won’t need to travel far every morning.
There are a few different options to the kind of accommodation you can seek such as Digs or Student houses or On-Campus accommodation. We have a specially dedicated Facebook Page which specifically aims to put students in touch with affordable housing options.
KIM’S HOUSING GUIDE:
1. Check out the Facebook Group page.
A great place to start your search is on our Facebook Group page. This page is administered by us here in Maynooth Students' Union and provides a venue for students to post up both vacancies and requests for affordable accommodation. Landlords can also post directly in the group.
2. Live with a host family (Digs)
Of all the housing choices, staying with a host family is the most economical and aften suits first years transitioning from living at home. It will help you to budget (as bills and food is typically included) and give you a chance to find your feet in your first year away from home. You can search for this kind of accommodation on Maynooth StudentPad.
3. Staying On Campus
Maynooth has a defined amount of student accommodation available on campus. Booking for incoming students opened on Wednesday 2nd May 2018 at 12 noon and was fully booked on the day. If any rooms free up the next offering of rooms for CAO students will take place on the 23rd of August 2018 at 12 noon. Learn more by visiting the Campus Accommodation page.
4. Private rented accommodation
You might prefer to live in a shared property with friends and the best place to search for this type of accommodation is on Homes.USI.ie or Daft.ie. When you find a suitable property make sure you get your landlord to confirm, in writing, the length of your lease, the conditions you must meet to get your deposit back, who to contact if anything goes wrong and how much notice they need before you leave the property. Make sure you get a receipt for all money paid, avoid paying in cash and when you move in take photos of any existing damage, so you don't lose your deposit when you leave.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
The Halls of Residence On Campus are available to all full-time students. The rates cover a 38 week period and range from ~€75 p/w (Rye Bunk) to ~€160 p/w (Courtyard/River Single en-suite) including utilities.
Private Self-Catering / Houseshare:
This involves sharing a house or apartment with other tenants. Rents vary according to the condition of the property, whether the room is en-suite and proximity to campus. Advertised rates usually exclude and bills or utilities.
Digs (Living with a host family):
In Digs you will typically be provided with bed, breakfast and evening meal from Monday-Friday with utilities included in the rent. Allowances may be made for weekend stays. Expect to pay 60% of the going rate for a house-share room with plus a contribution for food and bills. Costs can vary, so do your homework and be comfortable with the amount being asked.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!
Your main legal rights and responsibilities as a tenant derive from landlord and tenant law as well as from any lease or tenancy agreement between you and your landlord.
If you are renting a room in your landlord's home you are not covered by landlord and tenant legislation, though you are covered if you rent a self-contained flat in your landlord’s home.
Digs and on-campus student accommodation are not covered by the Residential Tenancies Act. It is recommended that both the Homeowner and Lodger agree on some basic ground rules in advance in order to avoid any future disputes.
You can learn all about your Tenant Rights on the Citizens Information website.
BEWARE OF SCAMS
- While most landlords and advertised properties are legitimate, there have been reports of Irish students being scammed. Be aware and make sure you follow these tips;
- Do your homework – research a number of rental properties in your desired area and be cautious if the rent seems unusually low – if it seems too good to be true, it often is!
- Use online maps to double-check that the property being advertised actually exists, and is at the address specified.
- Watch out for patchy contact – if you notice the advertiser has given you incorrect contact details, that the phone keeps ringing out or that emails are bouncing, it might be worth asking for more information from them.
- Don’t hand over any money until you have seen the property and are happy with its condition. It might be a good idea to bring a friend or family member with you.
- Always get a receipt for any payments made and keep them safe.
- Get the landlord to meet you at the property and pay them the deposit when you are face-to-face.
- Don’t make any payments until you have been given the keys and signed the rental contract.
- Always check that the keys fit in the lock when you get them.
- Remember, don’t transfer any money online unless you have carried out all the checks described above and you are absolutely sure that the listing is genuine.
Useful Links & Resources:
On Campus Accommodation: MaynoothUniversity.ie
MU Accommodation Page: Facebook
Maynooth Student Pad: StudentPad
Rental Websites: DAFT.ie / USI Homes / Rent.ie
Information on your Rights as a Tenant: USI Accommodation Guide / SpunOut.ie
The National Housing Charity: Threshold