Third-level education and COVID-19

Introduction

Colleges reopened at the start of the new academic year 2020-2021. On 6 January 2021, the government announced that all higher, further and adult education should remain primarily online.

It was announced that the number of locations for eduroam, the wifi education roaming service, will increase in 2021 to support students to study off-campus.

You can check your college’s arrangements during COVID-19. You can read more about the Government’s plan for living with COVID-19.

If you want to reskill or retrain, you can read more in sources of information on returning to education.

If you are renting

You are expected to pay rent during the emergency period. Any rent arrears built up will be payable, but landlords have been asked to show understanding and reach local arrangements in these circumstances.

If you have problems paying your rent during the COVID-19 pandemic, you should engage as soon as possible with your landlord.

Rental laws that protect tenants economically affected by COVID-19 who have fallen into rent arrears and who are at risk of losing their tenancy will apply until 10 January 2021. However, the Planning and Development, and Residential Tenancies Act 2020 has extended these protections from 11 January 2021 to 12 April 2021, with a few amendments to the process.

Read more about rental protections during COVID-19.

If you are in rent difficulties you can contact the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) and the national housing charity, Threshold, which operates the national Tenancy Protection Service.

Student grant

You can read more about qualifying for a student grant and frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and student grant funding.

For more information, you can contact Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) on 0761 08 7874 or email SUSI at support@susi.ie

Student supports

This can be a stressful time. You can stay in touch with information and frequently asked questions on your college’s website.

You should continue to contact your relevant university support office for disability, counselling, financial aid and academic supports. The Union of Students of Ireland offers tips on how to mind your mental health.

You can find out about the supports available from the student counselling services at your college.

Third-level students can also access mental health support by texting 50808. The service is free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

International students studying in Ireland

Our document Immigration and employment permits during COVID-19 has information for student visa holders.

The Irish Council for International Students has a resource for international students who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. You should also check your college’s arrangements and advice for international students.

The HSE provides information on COVID-19 in different languages.

Further information

The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Read about the public health measures for Ireland.

You can read the latest updates on gov.ie

You can also get information from the Union of Students in Ireland (USI).

Page edited: 19 January 2021