The days of crowded lecture halls and ‘Messy Mondays’ in the student bar are over for now. As students process the first round of CAO offers, here’s nine ways college life will change in the Covid era.
1. More flexible and available accommodation
Some universities are offering students flexible on-campus accommodation for the coming year.
As students will be spending far less time physically in college, they will be able to rent rooms on a nightly, weekly or monthly basis.
“It’s a big undertaking, but the fact is you can’t expect or ask people to pay for a semester’s worth of accommodation when they may be on campus very little. We’re trying to make it as straightforward as possible given the extraordinary circumstances,” said DCU’s communications officer Thomas Kelly.
The scramble for off-campus accommodation has always been a major challenge due to Ireland’s housing crisis. But with fewer tourists coming