The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has launched its Accommodation and Finance guide ahead of the new academic year.
The guide, which is launched in conjunction with the Private Residential Tenancies Board Ireland (PRTB), gives practical advice to students on securing accommodation.
 
USI President Kevin Donoghue said, “Students will find it particularly difficult to secure accommodation in the coming weeks. 
 
"This guide provides practical advice on both securing and living in accommodation when it is most needed.”
 
The guide also has useful information for both students and parents in relation to financing and budgeting for third level students in the coming year.
 
The guide will be available online and in USI Freshers’ Bags for students coming into first year of college. 
 
USI will distribute approximately 35,000 copies of the guide in the upcoming weeks.
 
USI Welfare Officer Aoife Ní Shúilleabhán said, “Starting college can be stressful enough without the added difficulties of the current accommodation concerns." 
 
"Our guide is designed to alleviate the pressure on students and families by providing both accommodation and financial advice,” she concluded.