Third-level education and COVID-19


Colleges will open for on-site education in the academic year 2021-2022. The Government announced plans to increase on-site teaching, learning assessment and research. Measures will include larger lecture halls with reduced capacity and adjustments to timetables - see 'Return to on-site education' below.

You can read more about COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland.

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

Return to on-site education

Higher education institutions have published plans for a safe return to campus in September 2021. Measures will be adapted to the local context and physical infrastructure to provide maximum on-site education. A separate protocol for international students will be developed.

You can check your own college’s arrangements during COVID-19.

If you are renting

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

Rental laws protected tenants economically affected by COVID-19 who had fallen into rent arrears. Read more about rental protections during COVID-19.

If you are a tenant in student-specific accommodation you only need to give your landlord 28 days’ notice when ending a tenancy. You can give your landlord more notice if you want.

If your tenancy is created after 8 August 2021, you do not have to pay a deposit of more than 2 month’s rent. This includes a deposit of a month’s rent and one month’s rent in advance. If you are a student in a student-specific tenancy, you can opt-out of this restriction and pay a larger amount upfront, if you want.

Threshold provides useful tips on what to bear in mind before you pay a deposit, including information on how to avoid rent scams.

Find out more about your rights as a tenant in student-specific accommodation on the RTB’s website.

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

Student supports

This is 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 COVID-19. 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 has information on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. You can also read more about the public health measures for COVID-19 in Ireland.

You can read the latest COVID-19 updates on

Page edited: 3 August 2021