UCC: ‘Quiet’ housing units may join booze-free apartments

UCC is considering offering dedicated “quiet housing blocks” for students after three people signed up for its new, alcohol-free accommodation.

UCC: ‘Quiet’ housing units  may join booze-free apartments

College authorities said they were happy with the response as the three candidates enter the final phase of taking up residence in UCC’s first, dedicated, booze-free units in the college-run Victoria Lodge complex at Victoria Cross.

They will meet each other and will then have to sign a contract agreeing to adhere to the alcohol regulations.

Three ‘dry’ apartments — which can each take up to four people — were made available at the complex following the announcement of the self-policing, pilot project last month.

The three candidates were selected from a shortlist of 25 valid applications: they all said they wanted to live in an environment more conducive to study.

UCC Health Matters and UCC Campus Accommodation, who are co-ordinating the initiative, said even though just three people have signed up for the scheme, they are happy with the take-up.

“We are happy with the initial response this pilot scheme has generated as it has provided a decent starting, and talking point for generating further interest in the future,” a spokesperson said. “From here, limited advertising of alcohol-free accommodation is likely to take place again after Christmas for students who may not be happy with their current type of accommodation or have a renewed interest following their initial query.

“The next peak time for uptake of accommodation of this nature will of course be roughly this time next year.

“We may also begin exploring early next year the related notion of a pilot designated ‘quiet’ housing block for students interested in that particular type of environment.”

The spokesperson said this additional housing option recognises that student preferences for accommodation types differs — be it for personal, cultural or religious reasons. “Overall, the option supports the ethos of UCC Health Matters itself, which is about trying to nurture environments that will help people to live happy and healthy lives and achieve their full potential, as well as enabling the students and staff of UCC to take control over and improve their wellbeing,” the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, Fresher’s Week kicked off across the campus yesterday as first-year students began their first week of the academic term. Gardaí, who have launched a major policing operation, renewed their advice to students to behave responsibly.

They are using three new Garda CCTV cameras to monitor the College Rd area 24-hours a day.

Student leaders welcomed the introduction of the cameras and said they will help make the area safer for students and residents alike.

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