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Accommodation - FAQs

What should I do with any of my unwanted belongings when I move out of GHR?

We work closely with many charities and donate any leftover items at the end of the year. If you have any unopened, unperishable food we can donate this to a local shelter. Any leftover electronics or cutlery/crockery, etc. will be collected and offered to the next set of students arriving in GHR.

For further information, please email the Accommodation Office:
01- 4163321 or [email protected]

What is the role of security?

Security carry out regular external patrols of the Residences out of office hours. Residents are responsible for their own security, that of their apartment and their possessions. Residents should ensure that they have their key fobs and ID cards on their person at all times. Giving access to residents who are locked out is not a priority for Security and may mean that you will have to wait before they can reach you. So don't forget your key fob.

What are the opening hours of the Accommodation Office?

During the summer we are open seven days a week from 9am - 8pm. During the academic year we are open Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 1pm and 2pm to 5:30pm. Outside these hours and at the weekends, our security staff are available in the event of emergencies.

What are the rules of the Residences?

Once you have been offered a room, you will be required to sign an Occupancy License which details the terms and conditions of living in Halls of Residences. Offers are made subject to acceptance of these conditions. A copy of the Occupancy License is available on this website... Please also ensure you have thoroughly read you lease agreement - in particular we draw your attention to the Third Schedule (starting on page 14) as this outlines the house rules.

Are the room contents insured?

Your property is not insured. You must take out your own insurance or extend your home insurance to include your possessions. You must also ensure against the first €5,000 of damages in respect of fire so that in the event that there is a fire caused by you and/or your guest(s)/visitor(s) you are liable for an excess of €5,000 of the resulting damages.

Can I use the GHR internet to download movies and music?

Illegal downloading is not allowed through the GHR internet network. The system is limited to not allow file sharing or downloading so that the network is used solely for academic use and to allow students to use basic communication software for friends and family back home

Do the rooms have telephones and computer network points?

The rooms/apartments do not have telephones. There are pay phones in the main college building. *Free internet connectivity is available through Wi-Fi in the Halls of Residence. Details for connecting to the network will be provided on check-in. *Internet access is limited to internet browsing only. You will not be permitted to use file sharing programs or any other programs except browsers (i.e. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera or Safari).

Can I smoke anywhere in the Halls of Residence?

Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the Griffith Halls of Residence

What should I definitely NOT bring?

Don't bring pets, large bulky items, deep fat fryers, candles etc. Also ensure that all electrical appliances meet the proper electrical safety standard….

Is there anything else I should bring along?

Bring a positive attitude and a flexible, adaptable outlook. You will be living with other students who may not share your particular beliefs, views or habits. Respecting others will be part and parcel of your academic career. When you come to check in at the start of your stay please ensure you bring your Guarantee From completed by a parent or Guardian.

Can I bring my own soft furnishings to the Halls of Residence?

Unfortunately, soft furnishings such as bean bags and floor cushions are a potential fire risk and are therefore not allowed. All furniture supplied in the Halls of Residence is fire rated

What should I bring with me when I am moving in?

You need to bring your own bed linen, duvets and pillows. You also need to bring cutlery and crockery. We do supply a kettle, toaster, iron, ironing board and vacuum cleaner. Bed linen (duvet, duvet cover, pillow, pillow cover, and sheet) and crockery & cutlery (1 large and small plate, bowl, glass, cup, knife, fork, and spoon) can be rented for the duration of your stay for a nominal amount (see price list for more details).

Will my room or apartment be cleaned on a weekly or monthly basis?

The apartments are self-catering and therefore you and your fellow residents are responsible for the cleaning of your bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and living room. Cleaning inspections will be arranged during the year to ensure the apartments are kept in a good condition.

What if I arrive in Dublin before this date, will I be allowed to go straight to my room?

No. unfortunately for insurance reasons we cannot allow you to move in prior to the date on your occupancy licence. You can contact the Accommodation Office for a list of local hotels and guesthouses

When can I move in?

Students can move in from the first date of term as specified on the price list. Students must contact the Accommodation Office to schedule a check-in at least 48 hours before arrival. You can email [email protected] with your check in time

What will my address be?

Due to data protection we do not release details of your apartment number before your arrival. The following is an example of how your mail should be addressed once you arrive.

Mr/Ms Joe Bloggs
Apartment Number XXX
Griffith Halls of Residence
South Circular Road,
Dublin 8.

Correctly labelled post is delivered by the state company, An Post, to your apartment mailbox. Incorrect postal addresses will delay the delivery of your post and may not be delivered at all. Packages are usually received in the Accommodation Office

What if I change my mind or find alternative accommodation? Do I get my deposit back?

Once you have been offered a bed space, your deposit is non-refundable and you are also responsible for paying all the rental charges for the entire duration of the lease. If you leave your accommodation during the term of your lease the accommodation fees are non-refundable and you are liable for any outstanding rental fees

When is the pedestrian turnstile operated?

For the safety and comfort of all our residents we operate a 'quiet time' between 23:00pm to 07:00am each evening. Access during these times is restricted to just pedestrians (no vehicles) and by way of the turnstile. Only GHR residents registered for the turnstile will be able to operate it.

What us NOT included in the price?

Food and Cleaning - The apartments are self-catering so we do not provide food or a cleaning service. Bed Linen and Cutlery & Crockery - Bed linen (duvet, duvet cover, pillow, pillow cover, and sheet) and crockery & cutlery (1 large and small plate, bowl, glass, cup, knife, fork, and spoon) are not provided but can be rented for a small fee (see price list for more details). TV License - Students are responsible for providing a TV license per apartment wherever a TV is present, details on this can be found at or in the local Post Office

How many students share a bathroom?

Typically there are 2 bedrooms and two bathrooms in each apartment so each bathroom is usually shared between 2 students.

What furniture is in each bedroom?

Each student has access to the following per person: bed with under-bed storage, bedside locker, desk, chair, lamp, and two-door wardrobe

What cooking facilities are there?

Each kitchen has a 4 ring electric hob and microwave grill oven. We also provide a kettle and toaster as standard. The kitchen has a fridge and ice box to store your perishable foods.

What facilities are included in the price?

Electricity, Broadband Internet, Communal Area Maintenance, Refuse/Bin Charges, 24 Hour Manned Security, Water Rates, Access to Fitness Room (limited spaces) and Library, Bike and Car Parking (allocated on a first come first served basis).

Will I be allowed to have guests or friends stay over?

Guests are more than welcome to visit until 22.30 but, under the terms of the lease agreement, for the safety and security of all residents, guests are not allowed to stay past this time.

Are there facilities for washing laundry?

Yes, subsidised self-service laundry facilities are located in the basement. Typically a wash is €3 per cycle and a dry is €1.50 per cycle.

I have a medical condition and therefore require on campus accommodation. Do I get preferential treatment?

A number of rooms are specially designed for wheelchair users and these students do get a preference in the allocation of rooms. However, you must specify this when applying and we will require your Consultant/Specialist to confirm same in writing to us.

Will I be allocated an apartment with mixed gender?

No, the Accommodation Manager will allocate apartments on a reasonable basis taking into account all information on the application form. Their objective will be to match students by course of study (whether that be undergraduate or post-graduate), by age, by gender, by nationality.

Who will I be sharing with?

If you want to share with a friend(s), you can request this when applying and we will try to accommodate your request. However this cannot be guaranteed. Otherwise the allocation of rooms is on a 'first-come, first-served' basis. The Accommodation Manager's objective, wherever possible, will be to match students by course of study (whether that be undergraduate or post-graduate), by age, by gender, by nationality

If I pay the rental fees and there is no availability, do I get a refund?

If we are unable to offer you a room then your full application fee and rental fees are refundable. You will have the option of being on a waiting list in case of any cancellations.

What do I need to pay to secure a room?

Once you have applied online we will require a €300 application fee and then at least 55% of the total 40 week rent & utilities fee to secure a room (subject to availability). If only applying for one semester we would require a €300 application fee plus the full rent & utilities fee.