Some students travelling to study in Waterford may be denied a visa due to the lack of accommodation.
WITSU Welfare Officer Darren Malone says he is currently dealing with the cases of around 20 students who are effectively homeless.
“They are only coming from September to Christmas, and landlords aren’t willing to take them on because there’s a fear of not being able to fill a room for the second semester,” he says.
“If there students can’t get taken on then they will have nowhere to stay.”
Darren Malone says that there are already long waiting lists for WIT accommodation, and is appealing to homeowners to help.
“If you go on to homes.usi.ie you can register your property there,” he says, “at the minute the on-campus accommodation is fully booked up. That’s why we’re seeking out the homeowners who may have a spare room and be willing to take on these students.”