Homeowners in Tipperary are being urged to rent spare rooms to students attending third level colleges following a shortage of student accommodation in the premier county.
New and returning students in Thurles and Clonmel were being urged this week to apply for accommodation as soon as possible to guarantee a spot on housing lists with LIT Tipperary Students union president Colm Skehan asking for homeowners to make available any spare rooms or houses.
“Moving away from home for the first time can be quite daunting for any student and it is something I have done myself in the past. Having more digs style or full board accommodation available is a great way to settle into an area, as it can feel like a home away from home," he said.
Mr Skehan also highlighted the high rental cost of properties in the county which he says leaves students with "very little money to pay for utility bills, food and other resources" and fuels a drop out culture among students. According to a report issued by Daft.ie this week the average rent for Tipperary now comes in at €650- an increase of 5.2 percent in the second quarter this year.
“Right now there are a few places left in Thurles but by the end of the week once students have accepted their CAO offers there will be a lot less student housing options left in the town,” said LIT Thurles Vice President and Student Accommodation Officer Amanda Fahy.
Miss Fahy said that while there are some 'digs' accommodation options still available to students, the number of houses for rent in the town has become an issue. Students who are on work placements during the year have also been finding it difficult to source accommodation as most leases are for a full academic year.
“Anyone going out on placement has been finding it extremely difficult as they will only be on campus for half the year,” she said.
Meanwhile students attending courses at the LIT Clonmel campus have also come under pressure to source suitable housing options. “There’s very little available at the moment. I’m getting calls from students but houses just aren’t there”, said Clonmel Accommodation Officer Ryan Lynch.
In addition the number of new students entering courses at LIT Thurles and Clonmel is estimated to be significantly up on last year’s figure due to new courses coming on stream this September.
For anyone moving to either LIT campuses in Thurles or Clonmel looking for accommodation please visit lit.ie/accommodation or homes.usi.ie. Anyone wishing to add a room or house to the student’s union accommodation listing can contact Colm on 0838571983 or 0504-28022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org