USI Launches Accommodation and Finance Guide

Thousands of guides to be distributed to students across Ireland to help them manage their money effectively, know their rights and settle into college life

Guide available for download and screenshot: http://usi.ie/?p=4545

Event: Launch of Accommodation and Finance Guide

Locations: Trinity College at 11.30am Tuesday 19 August

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has launched a new Accommodation and Finance Guide today in Trinity College Dublin (TCD), with support from the PRTB (Private Residential Tenancies Board).

This comprehensive guide is a useful resource for students and gives great tips and advice on student life. The guide covers accommodation advice, money management, personal safety and settling into college. Easy-to-use budget sheets and rent book logs are included, enabling students to keep weekly or monthly budgets that will help monitor their income and expenditure and keep a record of rent paid.

The Guide to Student Life will be available for download from the USI website and will be available from Students’ Unions across the country.

USI VP for Welfare Greg O’Donoghue, said:

“We are delighted to be launching the Accommodation and Finance Guide. This guide is an invaluable resource for students, especially first year students moving away from home for the first time. For all students, whether they are leaving home or not, they will see changes in their spending habits and they may need new financial products and services. This guide tells you what to look out for, the questions to ask, how to avoid getting into unmanageable debt and where to go if things go wrong.

USI aims to provide practical tips and advice on the wide range of topics covered in the guide.

College is full of new and exciting experiences but with all this excitement comes anxiety too. It is essential for students to be made aware of the various rights, support and responsibilities they now have”.

PRTB CEO Ann Marie Caulfield said:

“The PRTB is delighted to support the USI in this important publication. It’s very important that Students who are renting, particularly those renting for the first time, are made aware of their legal rights – and their legal responsibilities. Students can also log onto the PRTB website www.prtb.ie to research average rents in up to 446 locations in the country, to assist them in searching for suitable accommodation.”