College Life

The Living Off Campus Experience

Living on campus is handy and great if you are lucky enough to get it. I am in my final year at Dublin City University and I never got on-campus accommodation. I was still lucky enough to get off-campus accommodation that is good and convenient for college.

In my first year of college, I was living in Shanowen Square that is less than a five-minute walk to DCU. It was very handy for me for my first year as I had just moved to Dublin from Donegal and I was trying to find my way around, so the fact that I didn’t have to commute every day from somewhere further away from college was a big help.

The one thing that wasn’t so good about Shanowen was that I got a cancelled room so I was in an apartment with two third years and also a mature student. The fact that they were that bit older than me was at times quite lonely for me but I still always looked at the fact I was in a good place that was close to the college and also security wise it was very safe.

Shanowen is costly as we all know so I decided not to apply for the second year there. For my second year, I decided to look for a house with my friends. It was stressful constantly looking at houses and none of them being good enough and then having to start all over again.

It was June of the summer 2017 and one of my friends that were attending St. Pats texted me to let me know that she had found a house in Drumcondra and that there was a shared room that could be available. After many phone calls to her and the estate agent, my best friend and I finally secured the room. The house is only ten or fifteen minutes by bus to college and it is also in a nice area. It does mean I have to get up that little bit earlier to get the bus but if that is the only price I have to pay for a nice house then it didn’t bother me at all.

There are shops all around to get my groceries for the week and also nice cafes and restaurants for days when I want to get some lunch or dinner.

For my final year, I decided to stay in the same house as I didn’t want to go through the stress of finding somewhere else and I like the house so why leave it. It is a fifteen-minute walk into O’Connell Street from the house and I knew I would need to be close to town for my work experience at the end of final year. For me off-campus accommodation suited and worked out best in the end.