Students’ Unions and TDs Issue Plea to Galway Landlords
NUI Galway Students’ Union, GMIT Students’ Union and Galway West TDs are asking local landlords who rent to students to consider advertising their properties earlier in the summer to avoid the end-of-August rush for students searching for accommodation for the 2018/19 academic year. The purpose of this is to give students peace of mind over the summer months that they have secured a roof over their head for September as opposed to anxiously waiting on rental advertisements in August.
Following high-profile increases in rent rates in student accommodation in Galway City, many students are being forced to look for alternatives in the private rental market as opposed to purpose built-student accommodation. “Digs”, rooms and houses can be advertised for free at homes.usi.ie a national student specific letting website set-up by the Union of Students in Ireland to stream-line communication between landlords and students. Landlords can also advertise all types of accommodation for free on the NUI Galway accommodation website www.nuigstudentpad.ie It is worth noting that landlords can rent out rooms in their homes tax free up to a cap of €14,000 per annum.
President of NUI Galway Students’ Union Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh said “Students should not have to wait until the August rush to secure accommodation for the coming academic year. We are asking landlords to advertise their accommodation through the homes.usi.ie and www.nuigstudentpad.ie websites ASAP so that students can secure housing at the beginning of the summer rather than having to wait until the week before lectures begin. As we can see there is cross-party support to help our students achieve their academic potential. The Galway community as a whole can do more for these students who contribute so much to the local economy.”
Pictured (Left to Right): Jimmy McGovern (USI), Eamon Ó Cuív (Fianna Fáil TD), Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh (NUIG SU), Minister Seán Kyne (Fine Gael), Catherine Connolly (Independent TD), Aaron Burke (GMIT SU), Noel Grealish (Independent TD), Andrew Forde (NUIG SU)
For more information, contact:
Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh
NUI Galway Students’ Union
Ph. 086 385 5502
NUI Galway Students’ Union Urges Caution Booking Student Accommodation
With the first round of CAO Offers being issued next Monday thousands of students across the country will now find themselves looking for accommodation for the 2017/18 academic year. Housing for students has been an issue in the past and NUI Galway Students’ Union urges students to be careful before committing to a private residence this year. Before rushing into signing a lease/contract it is extremely important to make sure the property fits then needs of all tenants.
Here are some handy tips before signing a lease:
- Take your time when viewing a property. Ensure all the necessities are there e.g. washing machine, furnishings etc.
- Take photos of the property and make sure to highlight any damages already there e.g. Cigarette burns, carpet stains etc.
- When viewing the property, check that all gas and electrical appliances are in good working order.
- If there are any repairs to be made in the property, be sure to get it in writing from the landlord or agency that these problems will be rectified before handing over your deposit.
- Avoid paying the deposit in cash and ensure you get a receipt for any moneys exchanged. You are legally entitled to a receipt so make sure to insist on one.
- Request a viewing prior to the move in date to ensure that all outstanding issues have been rectified.
- Ensure the house is well ventilated and that heating sources are identified prior to signing a contract/lease.
- Insist that a building energy rating (BER) certificate is provided prior to signing the contract. This will help you know how cold the house is likely to get and will give you an idea of the cost for heating.
- Ensure you are clear on the duration of the tenancy. If you sign a lease and leave early you may be liable to pay outstanding rent even though you are no longer living there.
- Make sure it’s clearly outlined in your lease which utility bills you must pay.
- Take out contents insurance as the landlord’s policy will not cover your personal possessions.
- Make sure to get a free rent book from the Students’ Union particularly if you are paying your rent in cash and have the landlord sign the book and give you a receipt.
Students’ Union President Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh said: “Finding accommodation can be extremely stressful and people tend to rush into it. It is paramount that you follow these guidelines and ensure that the house you live in will be sustainable for you and your friends. Never rush into getting accommodation, be cautious and insist on receipts and any repairs where necessary. This will be where you stay for nine months so make sure you have all the necessities before making any commitments. Students still seeking accommodation should check www.nuigstudentpad.ie/Accommodation”
NUI Galway Students’ Union is a democratic organisation whose mission is “to represent its members and promote, defend and vindicate the rights of its members at all levels of society.
With students returning to college this week NUI Galway Students’ Union has today issued an urgent appeal to anyone with a spare room to consider renting it to NUI Galway students this year. Under the Rent a Room Scheme you can earn up to €12,000 per annum tax free by renting a room. The option is also available to just rent a room for one semester to a visiting student if homeowners are uncertain about getting into a long term arrangement.
Rooms for rent can be advertised for free on the University’s accommodation website http://www.nuigstudentpad.ie/Landlords/Charges
There are various options available to those wishing to rent a room to students including the option of digs where meals can be provided or just a straightforward rental agreement.
Students’ Union President Jimmy McGovern said: “The lack of accommodation here in Galway City has now become a serious issue putting access to education at risk for many students. We are inundated with queries from students looking for accommodation. In particular there is a huge amount of visiting students that will just be attending NUI Galway for one semester, September to December or January to May, who are desperately in need of accommodation. We would encourage anyone with a spare room to strongly consider renting to a student as soon as possible.”
For more information, contact:
NUI Galway Students’ Union
Ph. 086 385 5502
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Accommodation Problems Survey
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Be Aware: Student Houses Targeted by Burglars.
There has recently been a number of reported burglaries to students’ houses near NUI Galway. If you come home to find that your house has been robbed, do not enter the property. Call to a neighbour’s house and ring 999/112. Explain what has happened and wait for the Gardaí to arrive. We urge you to protect your property as much as possible.
When you are not at home:
- Lock the front and back doors
- Close all windows
- Leave some lights on in the house, upstairs and downstairs
- If possible, lock all bedroom doors
- Do not leave cash in the property
- Do not leave bikes unlocked outside the property
- And very importantly, if you have a house alarm – USE IT.
Also, it is advised by the Gardaí to take note of all serial numbers on laptops and other valuable devices. Save your important files and college work on an additional device, and take photos of the valuable items you own (including bikes).Following the above will make your home less of a target.
You can speak to your Students’ Union Welfare Officer, Jimmy McGovern for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
Connacht Rugby Tickets €10
We now have NUI Galway student €10 tickets on sale for the Main Stand for the next Connacht Rugby home match against Cardiff Blues at 5pm on Saturday 3rd October.
Learn Sign Language in just 10 weeks for only €40!
SU sign language courses start next week and are filling up fast:
Tuesday 12pm-1pm (6 spaces left)
Tuesday 1pm-2pm (7 spaces left)
Wednesday 6pm-7pm (2 spaces left)
Thursday 6pm-7pm (5 spaces left)
Register and pay now in the SU Office or phone 091 524810 to pay by credit card (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm).
Every class is entitled to a Class Representative to represent their class. If your class does not have a Class Rep your voice will not be heard. If you have any questions on the roles and responsibilities of a Class Rep contact the SU Vice-President/Education Officer Rebecca at email@example.com. Further information regarding the role of Class Reps is also available in the SU Council section of our website here.
Have you picked up your FREE SU Loyalty card yet? It magically transforms points into free teas/coffees, College Bar dinners and cash! You can pick one up from the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or the SU Engineering Desk Monday-Friday 11am-3pm.
Lockers – Just 316 Left!
Please note that lockers are now available. You need to register online first at www.su.nuigalway.ie and your locker will be reserved for a 3 day period during which you can call up to the SU to collect your key and pay for same.
Please note that keys for lockers in Áras Moyola and the Engineering Building can only be collected at the SU Engineering Desk in the Engineering Building foyer Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.
The Sin newspaper editor Jessica is looking for volunteers to help out with the on campus newspaper and website during the year. If you are interested in helping drop her a line to firstname.lastname@example.org or come to the weekly Sin meeting everyMonday 6pm-7pm in AC203.
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes for international students
EAP classes provide support with academic writing and referencing. The classes are free for full degree registered students and will start on Wed 23rd September 2015 for 8 weeks.
Classes will take place from 16:00 to 18:00 in AM107 and from 18:00 to 20:00 in AM110
All interested students need to fill out this link in order to register.
Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Talk on the BDS Campaign on Monday
On Monday 21 September in AC202 on the NUI Galway Concourse at 7pm, Riya Hassan of the Palestinian BDS National Committee will give a talk hosted by the Palestine Solidarity Society on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israeli occupation, colonialism and apartheid. More Information.
College Campus Radio FlirtFM turns 20 with a series of special events running 25th -26th September
On Friday 25th there’s a meet-up in NUI Galway College Bar at 19:00, and later a silent disco in the Roisín Dubh, with Flirt FM DJs.
On Saturday the 26th make a name badge in Áras na Mac Léinn from 12 midday, then enjoy a free lunch at 12:30. There will be a live radio show on Flirt FM 101.3 from 13:00 – 17:00 where current and ex volunteers and staff chat about their time at the station. At the same time, former Flirt FM presenters will be talking about what the station meant to them in their career paths upstairs in The View, then there’s a launch reception at 17:00 for a documentary on the history of the station. There’s also an Eventbrite ticketed dinner at The Salthill Hotel.
These events are open to past & current volunteers, NUI Galway students, listeners and friends, and you can find out more at http://www.flirtfm.ie/articles/2015/8/flirt-turns-20/
Flirt FM 101.3 is Galway City’s award winning Student, Community & Alternative Station, based in NUI Galway since September 1995. With two paid staff, the station is home to up to 150 volunteers annually and up to 800 studio guests each year.
Give Blood in September
Please Give Blood in The Clybaun Hotel, Knocknacarra Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th September 5pm-8.30pm and Sunday 27th September 12pm-3.30pm.
Galway Culture Night this Friday
There are loads of FREE events on this Friday 18th September for Galway Culture Night. Plan your free evening of entertainment here: http://galwayculturenight.com/
ComputerDISC: Opening Thursday September 24th 2015
ComputerDISC (Computer Programming Drop-In Support Centre) is a free resource for all NUIG students that are enrolled in computer programming or software development courses. The purpose of the centre is to provide support to students with their self-directed learning in computing topics at all years and levels. It is designed to complement the lectures, tutorials, labs and other supports that are available to students. ComputerDISC is located in room 205 on the first floor of the Information Technology building. Students can drop in at any time during the opening hours as no appointments are necessary. Further information can be found on www.computerdisc.it.nuigalway.ie
FREE Meet and Train Sessions for the NUIG 8k
Free meet and train sessions every Monday & Wednesday at 1pm & 6pm for those preparing for the NUIG 8k on 10th October. 2k or 4k options and all levels of fitness welcome. Both runners and walkers accommodated. Contact Kingfisher reception for details on 091 540300. The NUI Galway Kingfisher 8k walk/run/crawl in aid of Jigsaw will take place on Saturday 10th October at 10am. Early bird entry fee is just €20 and all funds raised will support mental health services for young people in Galway.
Join the NUIG Bioblitz Team
NUI Galway won the Intervarsity Bioblitz last year & now it is time to defend our title! Running over 24 hours from 5pm on the 24th to 5pm on the 25th Sept, we are looking for people to help survey and identify as many species as possible on campus. We also need help with organisation, so all assistance is welcome! If you would like to participate in this unique event please email email@example.com
Synapse Wednesday 23rd September
Synapse //a Tech Carnival, is a student organised, free one day interactive technology showcase by top companies in the Bailey Allen hall on Wednesday the 23rd of September. We have talks, discussion panels, give-a-ways, prizes and stalls from Microsoft, Google, Ericsson and many more, for full line up and free tickets go to synapsegalway.com and tweet #synapse15.
Books – Buy & Sell
Remember we sell secondhand books to save you a bit of cash and we can also sell them on your behalf to make you some cash! Have a look at our secondhand bookshop for more information on buying or selling http://www.su.nuigalway.ie/bookstore/
Life Skills 2015 – now enrolling
Courses on offer to students during the 2015/16 academic term include:
- Anti-Racism Training Course
- Basic Sign Language Classes – START NEXT WEEK!
- Child Protection Training
- Occupational First Aid
- Cardiac First Responder
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
- Self Defence Course – NEXT WEEK!
- Irish – START NEXT WEEK!
More info on all the courses is available here.
Suas Global Issues Course now Enrolling
The Suas Global Issues course is a seven week evening course designed to give students an opportunity to develop a knowledge of specific development issues. It goes on for two hours, once per week, looking at one issue per lecture and costs €25. However, is not so much of a lecture – it’s more so an interactive session of engaging discussion with students of various disciplines. No prior knowledge is needed at all, so it would suit any student that has even the slightest interest in global issues.
This is the link to more information and registration: http://www.suas.ie/take-course
Student Leap Cards & ISIC Cards
The shiny new Student Leap Cards and ISIC Cards are available now from the Students’ Union office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday. All you need to do is bring yourself, your new college ID, €15 and a smile for the photo we will take of you. These are valid until the 31st of December 2016.
Interested in making a difference? Want to get involved in something fun? Want to be part of something bigger?
Volunteer with your students Union to get involved in lots of fun activities this year including our charity fundraisers. E-mail your Welfare Officer Jimmy: firstname.lastname@example.org
SU Free Cloakroom
The SU Cloakroom is situated beside the SU Shop near the Bialann. The Cloakroom is FREE and is open Monday to Friday 9am – 6.30pm. Please note that we cannot accept laptops and items must be removed at the end of each day.
Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.
Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.