College “not yet in a position” to allocate accommodation

In an email to students today, College announced that they would be unable to respond to accommodation applications.

In an email to students today, College has outlined that it is not yet able to allocate accommodation places to applicants for the 2020/21 academic year. 

The email, signed by Registrar of Chambers Philip Coleman and Warden of Trinity Hall (Halls) Roja Fazaeli, outlined: “Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, we are not yet in a position to advise applicants of the outcome of their accommodation applications for next year.”

College thanked applicants for their continued patience at this time. 

The email continued: “ We are liaising with the College authorities and the HSE on physical distancing procedures to be implemented in student accomodation.”

“We are working hard with our colleagues across College to ensure that we provide you with the best service possible,” the email added. 

Students looking to avail of college accommodation have not been given any other indication about when accomodation will become available to students. 

College ordered residents of private complexes Kavanagh Court and Binary Hub to vacate by March 18, along with all residents in Trinity accommodation except when students meet certain criteria.

Trinity then rethought their decision, permitting students to stay on campus if they had no other option due to travel bans. These students were only allowed to stay if it was necessary to do so. Students who left accommodation were to receive partial refunds.

College’s student accommodation is usually rented to tourists during the summer months. 

Trinity generates a large amount of revenue from accommodation each year. In 2019 alone, college generated €12.8 million from accommodation. 

Shannon Connolly

Shannon Connolly is the News Editor of Trinity News, and a Junior Fresh English and Philosophy student.