You have your CAO offer, you may even have accepted it at this stage.  A quick side note, you have until 24th August to accept this place!!  If you need to get in contact with the CAO here is a link to their contact details.

So if you know you are going to college, here is what you can be working on at the moment.

  1.  Money – 

If you have already applied for a SUSI grant, there is an important notice regarding fraudulent emails available on the SUSI website:

You can apply for the SUSI grant if you are attending a recognised full-time course and resident in Ireland.  You apply on the SUSI website.  You have to register online and fill in a means test form which checks income levels to decide if you are eligible for a grant and if so, how much you will receive.

Other sources of funding include:

  • The Back to Education Allowance /VTOS
  • Funds for Students with Disabilities /Student Assistance
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul Education Grant
  • Tax Relief from Private College Fees.

Click on our Student Finance post for more detailed information


2.  Supports

There is lots of help and support available to you when you start college – you just need to ask……..

  • Admission Officer: Often your first point of contact. They advise on the administration of college life, such as deferring courses, changing courses etc
  • Access Officer: Assists students on various issues such as financial problems, educational worries and facilities/ resources for people with disabilities. (some colleges have separate disability officers)
  • Student Services Officer: Plans for students needs such as orientation for new comers, counselling, mentoring
  • Student Union: Represents students and advises on student issues.

3.  Accommodation

As soon as you get your offer, start looking for accommodation. As well as online and in the newspapers you could also contact the college accommodation officer. Expect to pay €450- €650 a month for a bedsit or houseshare.

  •  Make sure you view the accommodation before giving a deposit. Get a receipt!
  •  Essential documents – written letting agreement & rent book
  •  For information on your tenant rights contact Threshold

4.  Travel

Work out how you are going to travel if there is travel involved and how much it will cost. Click on our Commute to College for Less post for helpful hints.

Student LEAP Card

You can save up to 30% on Irish Rail, Dublin Bus and Luas Fares with your student leap card. Call into the Youth Info Centre with your completed form and we will take a photocapture of you and process your application. The card is then sent to you by post. The Student Travel Card costs €10).  If it is not convenient to access us to get your card here are a list of ways and agents that you can get your card from.

For further information contact us or click on

If you have any questions you can contact or drop-in to your local Crosscare Youth Information office in Bray, Dun Laoghaire or Clondalkin.

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