USI launch student Rent Book

USI launch student Rent Book

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have launched a new book on renting for college students on the look out for accommodation.

The USI Rent Book is described as an invaluable resource for all those searching for college accommodation in the wake of Monday’s first round of CAO offers.

The booklet includes digested information on their rights and obligations as tenants and also includes top tips on renting.

USI President John Logue described it as an important publication.

“Our aim is to inform students of their rights when dealing with landlords and letting agencies and to give them advice on living away from home,” he said.

“Students should not be intimidated when dealing with accommodation issues.

“They should be confident that their student representatives have provided them with the best possible information.

“The Rent Book’s checklists provide students with a simple way to ensure that they have a stress-free renting experience.”

Almost 50,000 third-level applicants received offers of university courses on Monday. By 5pm more than 21,000 had accepted their college place online.

The Central Applications Office (CAO) said applicants have until next Monday to accept their first offer either online or by post. Then second round offers will be made.

The USI Rent Book is sponsored by the Private Residential Tenancies Board and will be launched by Senator Aideen Hayden, chair of national housing charity Threshold.

It helps students manage their accommodation budget effectively by focusing on accommodation and related costs, such as commuter transport.

Students looking for college accommodation can do so at www.myhome.ie/colleges

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