Third level students are faced with a real dilemma at present, as to whether or not to sign leases with landlords for accommodation, as they do not yet know when they will be required to be on campus and when they will be working online for this upcoming academic year.
The pandemic is seriously increasing stress for students and their families who are trying to ensure that the student has a place to live while attending a third level college, but at the same time not knowing if they will be working perhaps weeks at a time, online and will be at home.
Many colleges will reopen at the end of this month, and first year students are not even seeking accommodation at present, as they must await their predicted grades leaving cert results next week, and will only then be offered third level places.
Nonetheless there is increasing stress on third level students preparing to get back to their college courses. It’s a big financial commitment to sign a lease for accommodation, when you don’t yet know how much of the next academuic year that you actually need to be physically present on campus.
Castlebar native, Tom Baynes, who is about to begin his second year in UCC, studying law and French and UCC Student Union Welfare Officer Jamie Frasier spoke to Midwest News today about the present situation.