Belfast Telegraph

Students given 'rent book' advice

A new book outlining the pitfalls of renting has been launched for college students on the hunt for accommodation.

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) said its Rent Book is an invaluable resource for young adults who got their place in university on Monday.

The booklet includes digested information on their rights and obligations as tenants and also includes top tips on renting.

USI President John Logue said it is one of USI's most important publications.

"Our aim is to inform students of their rights when dealing with landlords and letting agencies and to give them advice on living away from home," he said.

"Students should not be intimidated when dealing with accommodation issues.

"They should be confident that their student representatives have provided them with the best possible information.

"The Rent Book's checklists provide students with a simple way to ensure that they have a stress-free renting experience."

Almost 50,000 third-level applicants received offers of university courses on Monday, with record numbers of students and a 25-point bonus scheme in honours maths pushing points up in science and technology. By 5pm more than 21,000 had accepted their college place online.

The Central Applications Office (CAO) said applicants have until next Monday to accept their first offer either online or by post. Then second round offers will be made.

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