Welcome to WIT! For a lot of you coming to Waterford this year it will be your first time away from home. It’s time to live in the real world- with rent, food bills, missing your mammy’s home cooking, and so on. It’s time to make a home away from home with some advice. This section of the website contains information which you may find useful throughout the year.
Before you move in or when you view accommodation:
- Double check the amount of the deposit, rent in advance and rent
- For security, check all the locks on doors and windows, alarm, fire alarm, fire extinguishers, and make sure you know who else has a key
- If necessary, ask situation with parking for bicycles and cars
- What bills are you going to have to pay on top of rent? Heating, electricity, internet, cable TV, bin charges?
- Is the accommodation convenient? Is it near WIT, shops and a bus route? Is the area safe at night?
When you’ve moved in:
- If you are asked to sign a lease, make sure you read it carefully and understand it BEFORE signing it
- Be sure to pick a FREE USI Rent Book in your Student’s Union Office
- Get a receipt every time you hand over money. Don’t pay by cash if possible
- Make a list of everything that’s in the place when you move in and make note of what condition it’s in
- Take photos of the property when you move in
- Aim to be a decent tenant, clean up your mess, be conscious of other people living with or around you.
- Contact your Welfare Officer Michael Murphy on 086-7854402
- If you need more advice visit Thresholds website. Threshold is the national housing charity of Ireland and offers free advice www.threshold.ie or contact the Private Residential Tenancies Board at www.prtb.ie