Aoife's Top Accommodation Tips
Congratulations on your offer to study at Maynooth University! One of the first things you will need to do after accepting a place at Maynooth is find somewhere to live. Unfortunately, student accommodation is in short supply so you will have to start looking as soon as possible. This will take some effort but these are our Top Tips to make things a little easier.
1. Check out our 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 allows students to post up both vacancies and requests for accommodation. Landlords can also post directly in the group.
2. Live with a host family
Of all the accommodation 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 save money but also 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, however this is fully booked for 2017/18. If any rooms free up the next offering of rooms for CAO students will take place on the 24th of August 2017 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.
5. Watch out for rental scams
One of the most common scams is when someone copies listings of properties that are genuinely available to rent and advertises them with their own email or phone number. They might refuse to show you the property, saying they are too busy or living elsewhere, but may send you photos and fake documents or keys in the hope of getting you to pay rent or a deposit. Often victims do not realise they have been scammed until they show up at “their” property to find someone else living in it. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
6. Know your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
Remember- you can always drop in to us here in Maynooth Students' Union if you have any questions of issues. Please use the contact details below: