DCU’s flexible accommodation offers short stay for students 

Shauna Burdis

DCU’s Campus Residences offers students “a radically different model for on-campus university accommodation” through the option to book flexible stays. 

 Campus Residence’s new option of booking a flexible stay “reflects the new circumstances for students and from our discussions with them, we are confident that it addresses their needs in an adaptable fashion,” former DCU President Brian MacCraith told the Irish Examiner. 

DCU’s short stay accommodation will allow students to book accommodation on a nightly, weekly or monthly basis depending on requirements and availability. The on-campus short stay accommodation is bookable until December 21st 2020. 

According to DCU Campus Residences, information on short stay accommodation for semester 2 will be available later this year. 

When booking  a short stay, students must visit the DCU rooms website and register using their student email address. 

Students have the option of booking a single ensuite for 25 per night or a double ensuite for 26 per night. After each short stay booking, there is a cleaning charge of 22 for the single ensuite and 24 for the double ensuite.

The rooms available are for single occupancy only and guests are not permitted.

This short stay accommodation is only available on the Glasnevin campus and rooms are subject to availability. 

Check-in for the short-term accommodation is after 3 pm each day from the accommodation reception on the Glasnevin campus, while check-out is at 10 am. 

As part of the short stay with DCU Rooms, bedlinen and a towel is provided with the room. A service charge for these provisions will be included in the room rate for occupancy longer than 14 days.  Wifi is also accessible from all accommodation complexes. 

According to DCU Campus Residences, the cancellation policy allows cancellations of up to 72 hours in advance of check-in. 

Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, most universities and third level institutions in Ireland have made the decision to move the majority of learning online. This means students have little to no on-campus class hours, with the exception of some face-to-face lab classes and practical sessions.

Third-level institutions decided that the best way to combat the virus would be to restrict the movement of students around campus and impose the strict guidelines from the HSE to ensure the virus doesn’t spread around the campus community. 

As a result of the move to online learning, many students are completing their classes from home and those who cannot are being offered flexible alternatives. 

Shauna Burdis

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