Application Details

Updated: 29th May 2020

While every effort will be made to accommodate you in your preferred housing location, final room allocations will only be possible after timetables are issued and the actual level of accommodation required is known in September/October. At that stage, it may be necessary to house you in a different block than your first choice.



Applications Open: 11:00 am on 26th February 2020
Applications Close: Midnight on 5th June 2020


During the application dates specified above, students must visit the DCU Accommodation Portal, create an account or log in and list their top three accommodation preferences. A €50 application fee is required at this stage to complete the application process.


Lottery Dates

1st Year Accommodation: Monday, June 8th
Undergraduate Accommodation: Wednesday, June 10th
Postgraduate Accommodation: Friday, June 12th


Rooms will be randomly allocated by a computerised lottery system on the dates specified above. All students will receive an email notification, whether they are successful or not.

From August 17th students with on-campus room offers will have three weeks to update their details at the DCU Accommodation Portal to confirm whether or not they need accommodation for the full semester or for specific dates (e.g. specific days, weeks or months), and their deposit will be applied accordingly.

If their timetable is such that they decide that they no longer require any accommodation, then their deposit will be refunded in full. Any student, who is not successful in the lottery for the allocation of rooms, will have the opportunity to book short-term stays through DCU Campus Residences, subject to the availability of rooms over the course of the academic year.


This radically different model reflects the new circumstances for students and we hope it will accommodate their needs.


For more information on the allocation process, please contact the International Office directly at

For any queries please email