For a lot of you coming to Dundalk this year it will be your first time moving away from home. This section of the website contains information which you may find useful throughout the year. The latest list is attached at the bottom of the page.
Below, we explain the differences in purpose built, rented, digs & self-catering.
Useful Accommodation Numbers:
- Students’ Union Office: 042-9370390
- On-Campus Accommodation Caretaker: 085-1423059
- On-Campus Accommodation Managers: DNG Duffy Property 0429351011, email – Greenpark@DNGDuffy.ie
Purpose Built Student Accommodation & On-Campus Accommodation
Dundalk student village is located on the Dundalk IT campus and approximately 25 minutes walk from Dundalk Clarke Train station. This development consists of 40 purpose built student apartments. Each apartment is finished to high standard and has 5 single bedrooms with single bed and study desk and chair, two bathrooms, fully fitted kitchen and living room with TV and DVD.
The village is accessed only with a fob, has CCTV, night time security and an on-site daytime caretaker. Nearby facilities include college restaurant, shop, gym and campus bar. Dundalk town centre is a 10 minute bus ride away.
The Students’ Union highly recommend that students live in the on-campus accommodation. Not only is it on campus but it is safe and secure with CCTV in operation and a caretaker available any time day or night.
In addition to the purpose built and on-campus accommodation, there are other types of accommodation available to students off-campus. They can be rented, digs or self-catering.
Rented means you are on your own. You are free of landlords living with you are responsible for making sure you get a contract signed between you and the landlord. Try and get an individual contract as opposed to one on the whole house. You are just renting a room and the common area, not the whole house.
This involves living with a host family, you will be provided with bed, breakfast and an evening meal. This accommodation is generally Monday – Friday inclusive but will occasionally include weekends at an additional cost. There will be a study area and a provision for you to watch TV also. Friends are usually not allowed to stay over and privacy will be limited.
N.B. Before you agree to take up digs accommodation, discuss, agree and be comfortable with the terms and conditions set down by your host.
This involves sharing a house, flat or apartment with other tenants.
Landlords are obliged by law to provide you with a rent book or a written contract or lease (these are also available from the Students’ Union office).
It is vitally important to read and understand any written contract or letting agreement BEFORE signing it as it is a legally binding document. If you sign a contract you are legally bound to pay rent and bills until the expiration of that contract. Alternatively you will have to find a replacement tenant that will have to be approved by your landlord.
Always keep a copy of your contract along with the name, address and phone number of your landlord and/or agent in a very safe place for the duration of your tenancy. At the beginning of the college year a list of contents and their condition should be drawn up, agreed and signed by both parties and a copy retained by both landlord and tenant. Meter readings should be taken on gas, electric etc. to prevent disputes later on, or you being billed for past tenants arrears. Where no written contract exists the legal requirement for notice to be given is 4 WEEKS NOTICE IN WRITING served by either the landlord or tenant.