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2024/25 CAO Accommodation Applications

Applications Open Applications Randomised Booking Date




Accommodation applications for incoming 2024/25 CAO students will open in March/April 2024. Students must have applied to at least one UCD course via the CAO in order to be eligible for an accommodation application.

CAO accommodation applications will be randomised in late Summer 2024.

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To help with the list of questions you may have regarding the process of obtaining accommodation in UCD Residences for CAO Applicants, we have put together some FAQs which will hopefully help. 

If your query isn't answered in this section, or if you have any other queries at all, please let us know at (opens in a new window)residences@ucd.ie and we will do our best to help you. 

Please see below for more information on more areas of UCD Residences, including the CAO Accommodation Waitlist process.

CAO/First Year Student FAQs - 2024/2025

In order to book a room, you must have applied to our waitlist. (Students must have applied to at least one UCD course via the CAO in order to be eligible to make a booking application and be placed on the waitlist.)

Our waitlist will then be randomised in Summer 2024 to give every incoming student a fair chance to obtain an accommodation offer.

Rooms will be offered to students following the release of CAO offers in August/September 2024. These rooms will be offered according to your position on the waitlist.

Please note that only students that receive a UCD offer AND have made a booking application will receive a room offer.

The opening date for CAO booking applications for the 2024/25 academic year are yet to be confirmed. Once these dates have been finalised, this page will be updated accordingly.

CAO accommodation applications will be randomised in late Summer 2024. After this date applicants can still apply, however they will join the back of the list.

If you have followed the online instructions (see here) and get a blank page on step 5,  you will need to either

1. Try using an incognito tab in your browser, or

2. Try a different browser

This should resolve the issue.

Please see our dedicated Finance page for more information on what is due to be paid and when, and for contact information for the Residence Finance team.

Yes. You can still apply after the randomisation process but your position the waitlist will not change until offers start to issue. 

No. CAO accommodation applications for UCD are free to make and any applicant who has UCD anywhere on their CAO preference list is eligible to apply. A large number of applicants will not receive UCD course offers, and therefore will not be offered rooms on campus.

Every year we allocate a significant amount of rooms for booking by CAO students. 

UCD Residences will send an email offer to the email address supplied via the CAO application. Students should check their email accounts regularly on the day the accommodation offers go out.

When initially applying to UCD Residences you will have listed up to 3 accommodation preferences which will form the basis of your possible allocation.

All residence allocations are subject to availabilty, e.g. the system will try and allocate all students their 1st preferences, if this is not possible due to availabilty it will move to their 2nd preference etc.

Once the allocation is complete the residences team will offer incoming students specific bedrooms, for example a "Apartment - Shared Bathroom" preference might get offered Belgrove House 1 Apartment 1 Bedroom 1. 

Applicants should make themselves familiar with the various types of campus accommodation via the following link: https://www.ucd.ie/residences/residences/

The allocation of room preferences will be subject to availability and we cannot guarantee any preferences.

Incoming residents will only be able to pay a booking deposit when they are actually booking a room. The booking deposit will be €735.

UCD Campus Accommodation does not have CAO specific accommodation though there is a good chance of CAO students sharing accommodation (apartments) with one another.

No. UCD Campus Accommodation offers mixed campus accommodation only. It is possible that students will end up in either male or female only apartments but this is not by design.

UCD campus accommodation residents in Belfield are not eligible to purchase a campus parking permit. This is to ensure the limited number of parking spaces are available to students and staff not living on campus and who must travel to and from campus daily.  If required, residents or their guests can avail of temporary pay and display parking charged at the rate of €1 per hour, 08:00 - 17:00 Monday - Friday. UCD has extensive public transport links including at 24 hour bus service and covered, secured cycle parking and an on campus bike shop. 

For more information on commuting to UCD see the following link: (opens in a new window)https://ucdestates.ie/commuting/

Accommodation offers will be issued subject to the students appplication preferences and availabilty. 

Students will receive an offer of specific accommodation - for example a 1st preference allocation  of "Apartment- Ensuite" might see a student offered a room in

Ashfield House 1

Apartment 1

Bedroom 1

Upon receiving an offer for accommodation, an email will be sent to the student's email address. 

Upon receiving this they will have up to 48 hours to accept their offer for accommodation. They can accept their offer by paying  a booking and security deposit  for available on-campus accommodation as well as agreeing to the Licence to Reside.

Please note, the booking and security deposit is €735.

After confirming a booking, the student will receive an email informing them that they have to complete a number of tasks before arriving to check-in. These include:

  • Agreeing to the License to Reside,
  • Uploading an ID Photo for their Student Card,
  • Completing the series of Induction Videos, and,
  • Paying any fees due before Check-in.

License to Reside

This is the agreement between the student and UCD, and sets out the rules and terms of the student living in UCD Residences.

UCard Photo

The UCard, the UCD Student Card, acts as the access card for the student's apartment, and as such, they have to upload a photo to allow us to print the card.

Induction Videos

These are a short set of videos with questions attached that check to see if a student understands the check-in procedure and the rules and policies of the Residences.

Paying any Fees Due

On top of the deposit, the first monthly instalment of residence fees must be paid before check-in. This amount will vary depending on the booked residence.

Contact UCD Residences

UCD Village Welcome Desk, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 7000 / +353 1 716 1008 | E: residences@ucd.ie | Location Map(opens in a new window)