DCU students return home following increased Covid-19 restrictions

Matthew Joyce

Following the announcement from Taoiseach Micheál Martin that Ireland would move to Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions,  DCU students faced the prospect of living on campus during the tightest restrictions since April.

The situation that student accommodation residents are experiencing is unique compared to past years: No in-person classes, no nights out in Nubar and no mingling around  campus.

Student residents in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) have said they feel they are living in a “prison” according to The University Times, is this a mutual feeling within DCU?

Students are allowed to stay on campus during the 6 week lockdown however, some student residents are deciding to go home.

Darragh Gibbons is a first year Journalism student from County Mayo, and was living in the Larkfield residences on the Glasnevin campus.

“I felt lonely in there, not being able to invite friends over is tough. It’s even harder to make friends when you’re not meant to mingle in the communal area,” Gibbons said.

Gibbons left before Level 5 commenced, saying he had “no reason to be in Dublin for six weeks with nowhere to go… I’d be stuck in my room all day.”

When asked about the comments from TCD student residents, he said “I can definitely understand where they’re coming from. I have paid €2,500 for less than a month’s accommodation. There definitely should be some form of refund scheme available for time missed out.”

Róisín Travers, a first year Journalism student from County Carlow, Travers had accommodation close to the Glasnevin campus.

Travers said she decided to go home because she “couldn’t stay in Dublin for six weeks when I could be with family and it would be easier to go home because you know the people around.”

Travers also said it was “hard to establish” herself in Dublin.

However, Travers said she would have stayed if she was in second year, this year she had “no clue what to expect”, and felt she would have known the place better as a second year.

Travers also pointed out it gave her a “change of scene and was less boring than being stuck at home for the past 6 months”

Both students said they hope to return to Dublin once the Level 5 restrictions ease.

Matthew Joyce

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