Transitioning Out of Home – Accommodation

Transitioning Out of Home – Accommodation

Types of Accommodation You Can Choose from Include:

  1. Living on campus at your university or College- Many colleges give their students, particularly first-year students, the option to live on campus. On-campus residences allow you to easily access classrooms, academic resources, dining halls, faculty offices, and many other facilities and amenities. Living on campus can give you more opportunities to socialize with your peers.
  2. Shared off living campus – this is finding a place to rent with people you may or may not know. This option might be more cost effective than living on campus and easier to find. Normally these leases last for the 9 months of the academic year.
  3. Independent rented room or apartment- Being one of the most common types of student accommodation in Ireland. Deposits will be collected by the Landlord or Letting Agent and rent, in most cases, is paid monthly, read your lease agreement carefully. The landlord issues a lease agreement for a period of 9 or 12 months. The deposit will not be refunded if you choose to leave before the agreement expires and if any damage is caused to the apartment.
  4. Staying with a host family (Digs)- homeowners decide to open their homes to students and act as their landlord. Students have their own independence but still have the home comforts as well as are under the constraint to follow some rules. An excellent method to find a host family is on https://www.digs.ie/

 For further information see: www.threshold.ie

What do you Need to Have Prepared to Get Accommodation​:

  • Keeping an eye of your campus/provider of choice webpage and socials. ​Some accommodation is opened as early as February each year. ​
  • Deposit will be required ​so having the money saved in advance can speed up the process of finding a place to live and not be under extra time restraints.
  • You may need a Parent/Guardian Guarantor. A guarantor is generally your parent or guardian (although it can be someone else). Your guarantor undertakes to repay the loan if you, for whatever reason, are unable to repay.
  • If you are with a private landlord making sure they are registered with the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) might be beneficial. ​ Landlords must register residential tenancies with the (RTB) every year and update the RTB if information about a tenancy changes. The RTB uses this information to keep a public register of tenancies. The register shows the address of the property and the number of bedrooms.
  • Keeping copies of agreements (signed). You should be given a copy of your lease, and you should photocopy.
  • Keep note of your new address and share this information with your friends and family.

 Living on Your Own for the First Time:

It is normal to be used to living with parents /siblings/extended family ​in a shared living space. However, living with friends or strangers might take some getting used to. The responsibility has shifted to you now for waking up, feeding yourself and maintaining a clean shared space.

Preparation of your food/snacks​- an excellent way to save money and time is food preparation.

Timetable/Books/Assignments – college timetables differ slightly in terms of ‘free periods’ this might be a section of the day you don’t have class. This is a great opportunity to get any work assignments started. Utilising your time the best way possible.

Some simple tips of thriving living alone:

  1. Maintain and develop a list of specific things to be done each day. ​
  2. Prioritize that list and complete the most urgent tasks at the start of day. ​
  3. Set incremental deadlines for longer-term projects.​
  4. Work in 45 minutes to 1.5-hour chunks then take a break to avoid the exhaustion that comes from overexertion. ​
  5. Concentrate on one task at a time.​

Learning to Live With Other People:

Set boundaries​- Whether you know the person you are living with or not, it is always smart to establish the ground rules from the start. You may think this is silly or that you don’t need rules; that is until you realise you should have had rules. Don’t wait until your roommate borrows your clothes without asking to decide you don’t want him or her touching your stuff. The best thing you can do when living with someone new is to sit down the first day and discuss the living situation and the rules of the room. And these rules should be mutual.

Cleaning – create a cleaning schedule, so everyone can pull their weight equally. Work out what needs to be done and then divide it up evenly and fairly. Buy the cleaning products you’ll need and split the costs between you equally.

Managing Shared Spaces- for example the laundry, will you take it home weekends or produce group agreement as to when people can do their laundry and dry it etc.

Have R.E.S.P.E.C.T what socialising at the house in terms of noise and the spaces you’re using. making sure everyone in the house is comfortable.

https://www.go.study/study-in-ireland information for students coming to study in Ireland


Kerry Education and Training Board & Tertiary Education

Kerry Education and Training Board & Tertiary Education

Kerry Education and Training Board, promoting the development of learning society in all of Kerry. 

KETB Core Values

Our core values centre on ensuring that every person has a right to access education and training opportunities to realise their potential. We will actively implement these values through our actions and behaviours.

KETB Mission

To create and promote the development of a lifelong learning society in Kerry, so that all who live there have access to the education and training required to fulfil their potential and to meet their personal, social, cultural, economic and civic needs. Click here to KETB website

Tertiary Education Routes

FE (Further Education) to HE (Higher Education) – This new scheme allows you to start your degree course in a local FE College and then progress with guaranteed access to continue your degree studies in higher education institution (University or Institute of Technology). For Example, General Nursing degree which will start for one year in a College of Further Ed (PLC) in Kerry College of Further Education and finish up in for University or Institute of Technology for 4 years. Students will not go through the traditional progression route system, to see if they get a college place from a PLC for these specific courses. They will be guaranteed access subject to passing exams.

More information and how to apply go to https://nto.hea.ie/

Colleges of Further Education- Colleges of Further Education offer post leaving cert courses that are a mixture of academic, practical, and work experience. These courses are a great option as they are designed as a step towards skilled employment and, as such, they are closely linked to industry and its needs. The courses are full-time and last for one to two years and you receive a QQI level 5 or 6.

You do not apply for these courses through the CAO. All queries go through the FET Course Hub. https://www.fetchcourses.ie/

FET Courses- FET (Further Education and Training) is for anyone who is over 16 who wants to learn new skills or enhance existing skills to get the right job, progress to third-level or to support the achievement of personal goals.

FET offers a wide variety of life-long education options, including apprenticeships, traineeships, Post Leaving Cert (PLC) courses, community, and adult education as well as core literacy and numeracy services. FET courses and programmes are provided through the Education and Training Board network throughout the country as well as through other local providers including online through SOLAS’ eCollege.

Apprenticeships – An apprenticeship is the recognised way people train in a craft trade or profession. It gives you an opportunity to combine education with hands-on experience while earning a wage. Common apprenticeships include construction, electrical, engineering, hospitality or cooking, mechanics, or IT. There are two types of apprenticeships: Craft or Professional. Craft Apprenticeships:  You can train to become a plasterer or electrician etc.  While you are training, you work with an employer learning the necessary skills and receive a wage. Most apprenticeships last 4 years. Apprentices must be at least 16 years of age and have a minimum of grade D in any five subjects in the Junior Certificate or equivalent. However, employers may require additional minimum qualifications. To apply for a place on an apprenticeship, you must first register with SOLAS https://www.solas.ie/ . Professional Apprenticeships:  NFQ Level 5 to 9 is offered through the individual industries in areas as diverse as; financial services, accounting, medical devices, software development etc.

Garda Síochana- Applications for the position of Garda Trainee are made by way of an online application process which is managed by the Public Appointments Service https://www.publicjobs.ie./en/. Applicants must be 18 but not yet 35 years of age.  For education requirements and other information check out https://www.garda.ie/en/

Qualifax- All our course information is up-to-date and searchable which means you can easily find, compare, and share your choices with a guidance counsellor, parent or anyone else who is helping you decide what’s the next right step – and at your own pace, in your own time.

The Qualifax website is designed to let you:

For more information visit their website: https://www.qualifax.ie/


National Colleges & Universities

National Colleges & Universities

Colleges in Munster

Munster Technological University- The Munster Technological University, a multi-campus technological university with 6 campuses located in the Southwest of Ireland. The MTU was established in January 2021 from a merger between the Cork Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology Tralee. The MTU brings together a long proud heritage of excellence in higher education in Ireland, to create a new and exciting global University centred on delivering the very best quality education for the student, the region and the wider world. https://www.mtu.ie/

University College Cork (UCC)- When you begin your journey at UCC you will belong to a vibrant and diverse community of over 24,000 students from over 100 countries, from all over the world. We have been named as one of the world’s top universities for the study of 23 subjects, according to the latest edition of the prestigious QS World University Rankings by Subject. UCC has ranked in the top 50 universities for Nursing and top 100 for Agriculture and Forestry, Pharmacy and Pharmacology and Law. https://www.ucc.ie/en/

University of Limerick (UL) – On their award-winning campus students can study in a safe and supportive environment. The University of Limerick has been voted number one in the world for student experience. UL offers more than 70 undergraduate programmes and a strong postgraduate offering with more than 100 taught postgraduate programmes to Doctoral and Post-doctoral level.https://www.ul.ie/

Higher Education Institutions Ireland 

For further information please link HERE https://hea.ie/higher-education-institutions/ 

Student Finacial Supports

Student Finacial Supports

Student Financial Supports:


This website is a convenient and user-friendly source of information about the financial assistance schemes available in Ireland to help you progress through further and higher education.  Information is also provided in relation to eligibility requirements for free fees.

In addition, you will find all you need to know about other sources of assistance for students, such as the Fund for Students with Disabilities, the Student Assistance Fund, the 1916 Bursary Fund and the Back to Education Allowance.

They also provide details and links to a range of other organisations and websites which may be of assistance.

Education and Training Boards (ETBs)

ETBs are statutory authorities which have responsibility for education and training, youth work and a range of other statutory functions. ETBs manage and operate second-level schools, further education colleges, multi-faith community national schools and a range of adult and further education centres delivering education and training programmes.  Occasionally, local community groups can apply for Community Education Funding for offer education programmes in your area.  Contact your local Community Education Office.  Click here to find your local ETB.

Check out the following link from Kerry ETB: https://www.kerryetb.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/FundingforAdultEducation3rdSeptember2018.pdf

Student Assistance Fund

The Student Assistance Fund is a means tested fund and is intended to assist full time students who are finding it difficult to meet college expenses as a result of ongoing low income. The Fund provides financial support to students who are in significant financial difficulty and whose participation in college would be at risk without financial support. The purpose of the Fund is to assist by making a contribution to students in meeting some of the day-to-day costs incurred by being in college.


Uversity’s Scholarships are intended to unlock adult learners’ potential.  By providing multi-annual financial support, Uversity’s Scholarships aim to remove the financial barriers to pursue a Bachelor’s degree for the first time.  Scholarships are not limited to specific subject areas and enable individuals 23 years or older to complete a Bachelor’s degree in one of the participating institutions https://www.uversity.org/where-to-study/ in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.

The 1916 Bursary Fund 

The 1916 Bursary aims to encourage participation by students who are most socio-economically disadvantaged and from groups most under-represented in Higher Education. To be eligible for a 1916 Bursary, all applicants must meet, Financial, Priority Group and College Entry eligibility criteria. All of the higher education institutions are awarding the bursaries through regional clusters.

Click here for general information on the 1916 Bursary Fund

How to Apply?
To find out more about the 1916 Bursary Fund and how to apply, click here.

All students are advised to first refer to the information provided on the SAOR Project website regarding the application process and eligibility criteria.

If you have further queries, please email 1916BursaryQueries@soarforaccess.ie.

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection offer a range of supports for people who are in receipt of social welfare income supports to gain new skills through training or education e.g. Back to Education Allowance (BTEA), Training Support Grant and a Mediation Fund.
All applications or referrals for support under the schemes must be made via a Case Officer.

To check eligibility please contact your Case officer in your local Intreo Office.

Find your local Intreo Office here or call 1890 800 024.

St Vincent de Paul – Education and Training Bursary Fund

The SVP Education and Training Bursary Fund has been established to support students of all ages who may financially struggle to access or stay in third level education and training programmes.  St Vincent de Paul have an Education Fund that people can apply to locally.  Click here to find out more information on the Fund.

SICAP Funding through your Local Development Company

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.  The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) helps people to find work, to upskill, provides CV training, a personal development course, helps them onto a work placement programme such as CE or Tύs programme.  You may be able to seek support to get back to education by contacting your local development company who administer SICAP programmes nationally.  Click here to find your local SICAP Provider and ask to speak to the SICAP coordinator.

The Irish Refugee Council 

The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) Education Fund was established in 2015 with support from the Community Foundation for Ireland to financially assist people in the asylum process in accessing further and higher education.  Since 2016 the Education Fund has continued due to donations from private individuals and a small number of companies. The Irish Refugee Council have also compiled a ‘Guide to Education in Ireland: A guide for protection applicants, those with refugee status, subsidiary protection or permission to remain’.

You can download the “Guide to Education in Ireland” here  www.irishrefugeecouncil.ie/education.

For further information email education@irishrefugeecouncil.ie.

Local and Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Forces

Local and regional drug and alcohol task forces implement the national drugs strategy in the context of the needs of their local area.  Your local Task Force may have funding available for support you in Education.  Contact your local Coordinator to find out more.  To find the Drug and Alcohol Task force in your area click here.

Credit Unions

Many Credit Unions in Ireland provide a number of education grants or bursaries in their catchment areas for students studying at all levels of further and higher education.  The “It makes sense” Loan – This scheme, which is offered as a low-cost alternative loan, is being made available in participating credit unions across the country and is open to those in receipt of social welfare who are over 18 years of age.  Click here for information about “It makes sense” loans and click here to go the national credit union site, where you can find details of your local credit union.

Fund for Students with Disabilities

The purpose of the Fund for Students with Disabilities (FSD) is to assist higher education institutions in ensuring students with disabilities have the necessary assistance and equipment to enable them access, fully participate in and successfully complete their chosen course of study.

Other Bursary & Scholarship Schemes

Did you know that there is a broad range of bursary and scholarship schemes in operation which provide an opportunity for students, or potential students, to access additional financial support if they meet the criteria? Please note that the list below does not contain every scheme currently available in Ireland.

In addition, many higher education institutions offer their own scholarship or bursary schemes. Interested students should contact the college they are attending or planning to attend.   Access the information with the following link: