New start-up SwitchingRooms.ie provides students with rent-free accommodation

www.switchingrooms.ie is a new online start-up that provides a solution to the housing shortage and escalating rents third level students face. Switching Rooms provides a platform for students to advertise the room they are leaving behind, on its database, search for a suitable match in the required destination and do a direct swap thus eliminating the crippling […]

Young Travel Writers Competition Opens to Students Across Ireland

A writing competition aimed at discovering Ireland’s best young travel writers has been announced by the organiser’s of the Immrama Festival of Travel Writing, which is set to take place in the heritage town of Lismore in county Waterford this June.   Young writers are now invited to write an 800-word short story about their […]

Farmers join Environmentalists To Back Bill To Ban Fracking

As an Oireachtas Committee began hearings on a draft law to ban fracking, today the IFA is joining local groups, environmentalists, water specialists and student campaigners to call for the Bill to be passed without delay.  Hildegarde Naughton TD, the Chair of Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action, received a petition from the groups, signed by […]

‘Chats for Change’ Packs To Be Distributed Across College Campuses

The Union of Students in Ireland will distribute thousands of ‘Chats for Change’ packs across Irish college campuses, in partnership with St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, See Change’s Please Talk, Twitter and Roberts Tea. The campaign encourages students to proactively engage with their peers about mental health through conversation.  The campaign will also include tips […]

Ombudsman Reminds Leaving Certificate Students Of Their Right To Complain

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall congratulated students on their results in the Leaving Certificate examinations and reminded them that his Office can independently examine complaints against all public third-level education bodies.   The Ombudsman’s Office can examine complaints about a range of education bodies including the State Examinations Commission, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), Universities and Institutes […]

USI Welcomes Funding For Student Housing Project Manager

The Union of Students in Ireland has welcomed the allocation of €49,000 in support of the appointment of a Student Housing Project Manager to help identify additional student housing, including ‘digs’ and lodgings in private homes, as the next academic year approaches. Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney, and Minister for Housing […]

Tenants Struggle to get Deposits back from Landlords

Almost two-thirds of tenants (60%) said they have found it difficult to get their deposits returned from landlords, according to a survey by Red C who surveyed over 1,000 people over the age of 18. There’s 40% less rental space available than there was this time last year, while rents have increased by over 8% […]

UL Seeks ‘Digs’ Landlords To Meet Student Accommodation Demand

In response to the unprecedented demand for student accommodation for University of Limerick students, the UL Accommodation Service has launched a campaign inviting homeowners and landlords to come forward and advertise available accommodation on the University Accommodation List.   UL provides over 2,600 student bedrooms on campus and lists over 1,000 rooms in off campus […]

76% Of Students Worry About Securing Employment & Only 23% Have Secured Employment When They Graduate

76% of students are worried about securing employment and only 23% have secured employment when they graduate, according to new pilot study results released today by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). USI surveyed students across Ireland and asked them how they felt about employment after they graduated. When asked ‘Are you anxious and […]

Free Education is a Viable option at Third Level

The Union of Students in Ireland has claimed that it is no longer reasonable for political parties to pretend free third level education is not viable. It comes on the wake of reports that the Cassells report on Higher Education Funding will include free education as one of three options to be considered by the […]

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