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Never be fooled by advertising campaigns and pictures of apartments that were accurate several years ago when they were built but have changed big time since! Ask other students for Feedback. The College has its own Accommodation Office which is located at the back of the Students Union Office (turn right as you walk out of the business building).
Manor Village - Manor Village isn't bad for first years and if your not looking for fancy accommodation. Apartments are basic enough, in okay condition and security is tight. After a certain time you are not allowed bring non-residents into your apartment. Some say they don't like party's, but I have found security easy going in that respect. They have a direct college bus also. Its right beside College St. campus and 10-15min walk to main campus. Its about 5-10mins into the city centre, 5mins (or less) to the clubs & pubs and is located near the main public bus route. Never been in Manor 2 which is supposed to cater for those in college a few years.
Riverwalk - Very similar to Manor Village but nicer apartments, more relaxed security but tight on people causing trouble etc. No restrictions on coming and going. Personally prefer Riverwalk to Manor, but the downside is your 10-15mins away from the main campus, 5-10 from College St. and pubs/clubs and again 10-15mins from the town centre. You are a fair bit away from the nearest bus stop for the city routes (closest bus stop is for Tramore). No direct bus provided either.
Railway Square - More luxurious apartments then most student accommodation. These were built in the last few years and seem to be in fairly good condition. Completely private, located right beside the cinema, bus stop outside, close to the pubs and clubs and 5mins into the city centre. Probably not idea for first years and perfect if looking for accommodation with a few friends.
Templers Hall - Houses situated in a mixed residential estate with families and students. Nicest houses are on the front and its generally quieter there. Have been a few troubles in recent years with students causing problems for other residents but after warnings from the college director, guards and students union - its probably going to improve. Downside is your closest to the halting site (the further back into the estate you go). Security warned us on first day about the estate, Ballybeg, which Templers is near. Cant say I found much, if any, problems caused by them. Some houses are good condition and some are awful - so check the house before renting. Located 5mins from main campus, close to bus stops and 10-15mins to College St.
Lismore Park - At the back of the college, more houses in a mixed estate (probably more families then students). Only problems here are parking related but as always when renting houses and apartments - check the condition first. 2mins from main campus, 10-15mins to College St. and is located on a city bus route.
College Fields - On campus accommodation at the back of the college. Never been inside and never knew anybody who stayed there.
Browns Road Complex - Close to Lismore Park. Never been there, cant comment.
Nearly all of the above have internet access but its nothing special!
Some tips from the accommodation office when looking for places to stay:-
- Students should always view the accommodation prior to booking.
- Always get a receipt when placing a deposit down.
- Rentbooks should be supplied by your landlord/lady.
- Rentbooks can be obtained from the Accommodation Office or Students Union office.
Besides looking here for places to stay check out;
Notices are frequently placed on college noticeboards, in toilets and beside WIT Card Topup Machines.
There are two bus routes running ever 12mins or so outside the college entrances and that general area. The 1C and 2C Bus Eireann.
The 1C Route travels from the Quay -> College St. -> Waterford Crystal -> WIT Main Campus -> Ballybeg -> Templers Hall (stop is just a you leave Ballybeg Estate) -> Ballybricken (top of the city) -> The Glen (beside The Forum nightclub) -> Quay.
The 3C Route travels from the Quay -> Ballybricken -> Paddy Browns Road (several stops along this route including near Lismore Park and the rear of the college) -> WIT Main Campus -> College St. -> Quay.
There all around the €1.60 mark but it tends to increase every year.
This thread wont be just a list. It can be a discussion on various places and also a point where folk can request accommodation etc.