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UL offer two-week refund for students postponing on-campus move-ins

UPDATED: 4.10pm

University of Limerick (UL) students will receive a partial refund for on-campus accommodation if they choose to put off moving in for the next two weeks due to updated Government instructions for third level institutions.

Earlier this week, the Government ordered colleges to start the new semester with online classes in an attempt to curb the spread of the Covid-19, which has been rapidly increasing in cities such as Dublin, Cork and Galway.

In a statement from UL President Kerstin Mey on Friday evening following the update, UL students were urged to limit cross country movements in line with public health guidance, with the majority of classes moving online.

According to the UL Campus Life Services website: "Students who choose to delay their occupation of on-campus accommodation in light of the recent Government direction will be refunded their rent for the two-week period."

However, the accommodation will remain open for those who do decide to move into on-campus accommodation as planned.

Meanwhile, students in Cork want their money back after paying up front for accommodation this semester.

But UCC Students' Union says many students have already made arrangements to turn up in person - and some have already paid thousands of euro upfront.

UCC SU president Naoise Crowley fears they may have wasted a huge amount of money.

"The first two weeks of classes will be online but we don't know if that means two weeks or is it longer."

"We now have a situation for students where they don't know if they should leave their accommodation now, they don't know whether they'll be in there for a day or week or less."

"People have paid three or four thousand euros upfront and are in a situation where they may not need to use that accommodation." 

Eimear Curtain, Student' Union Education Officer said that the late notice of that changes has added to the "already extreme uncertainty" surrounding student's return to college.

"It is not an ideal learning environment," she said.