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Who Gets Special Consideration in their Application for Residential Accommodation?

The grounds on which you may seek special consideration are individual and must be extenuating. Extenuating circumstances mean that you may have a physical or mental health condition and/or other significant personal circumstances and you can prove a clear rationale for why living on campus, at Trinity Hall or in other accommodation for which Trinity has nomination rights, is necessary and will support your participation in College life.

Who Can Apply?

A registered student may seek to have special consideration for his/her application for rooms on campus, at Trinity Hall or in student accommodation over which Trinity has nomination rights. There is a limited number of rooms available to offer to those who apply for special consideration and it is not possible to respond to all such applications by providing accommodation. Please see Allocation Quotas published on our website for more information on numbers available: https://www.tcd.ie/accommodation/faq/

Can I disclose Special Circumstances at a later date?

Special circumstances must be stated at the time of application. The only grounds for considering a special circumstance at a later date is where the special circumstance did not exist at the time the room application was submitted.

What Services are Available in Residences for Those with Special Circumstances?

Trinity has limited accommodation for those with special circumstances and this includes a number of rooms designed for those with a physical disability. Generally, Trinity’s accommodation is designed for independent living although some pastoral care and security and attendant services are on site on a 24-hour basis.

The environment could be described as “lively” and this may not always suit students who need a quiet living space. Campus accommodation is mostly for final years and Trinity Hall is ideal for first year students. Students from all years may be housed in the off-campus accommodation to which Trinity has nomination rights.

An application for rooms under Special Circumstances scheme does not imply guarantee the allocation of a room.

How Do I Apply for 2023/24? 

  1. Make an online room application through the accommodation portal. Please state in the personal statement that you require special consideration.
  2. Complete the Special Consideration Form which can be found below.
  3. Collate any relevant supporting documentation, if required, more information on this below.
  4. Submit both the application form and supporting documents by e-mail to resacc@tcd.ie.

Applications from continuing students will be invited from Monday 6th February 2023 and the deadline for these applications will be 5pm on Friday 3rd March 2023. Applications from new entrants and CAO applicants for Trinity Hall residences will be invited from 28th March till 26th May 2023.  Late applications will not be accepted.

If you have applied for accommodation on these grounds previously, you must complete the above process for 2023/24.

Application Form 2023/24

Please download this Special Consideration Application Form and submit before the end of deadlines outlined above. If you are waiting for supporting documentation, please submit the form before the deadline and note you will send through the documents at a later stage in order to have the application in.

Supporting Documentation

Supporting documentation should clearly explain how residential accommodation will facilitate your participation in Trinity. All documents must be in English or translated professionally, self translation will not be accepted.

Supporting documents, unless you are registered with Trinity Disability Service, are required and applications without supporting documents will be considered incomplete and won’t be reviewed. If you are registered with Trinity Disability Service you do not have to submit supporting documents, as you will be giving consent on the form to share your documents with the Accommodation Office.

What is considered a supporting document? Letter from a GP or a professional, letter of support from Tutor or Counselling, any medical reports or other.

 

Trinity College Security takes fire safety and general security very seriously. Residents must cooperate by also taking personal responsibility for fire safety and general security. Residents should not do anything to compromise fire safety or security. Find more information on Security by clicking here.

Trinity Hall RSA staff (Security) are currently located at the main reception area. They may be contacted 24 hours a day by dropping in or simply calling 01 896 8024.

All residents are required to view the compulsory online induction before check-in or attend in person a Fire Safety and Orientation Talk after they move in to rooms, if in place. It is a legal requirement, under the Fire Services Act 1981, that such a fire safety lecture is in place and attendance/viewing online is therefore compulsory for all residents each year. Failure to attend/view will result in the imposition of a fine up to €250.

It is recommended that all residents download the SafeZone app after checking in. This app increases the security and safety of students and staff­ while in a Trinity location. It provides immediate access to Trinity resources to provide assistance in cases of emergencies or when an alert is raised. More information can be found here and in the FAQ section under SafeZone.