Councillor Tomás Sharkey has made a plea for local families in the Dundalk area to consider taking student lodgers this September.
His calls come as Dundalk faces into another academic year which will see hundreds of students competing for an ever dwindling supply of residential places.
"The Leaving Certificate results are due out soon and that means that the scramble for accommodation around DKIT will begin. Every year we hear of the chronic shortage of accommodation for students who come to the town to study. DKIT is a growing and success 3rd level college and is an asset to the region. It's success relies to some degree on the ability of students to come and live in the area.
"Student accomodation does not have to be a house or a flat. It can also be a spare bedroom in a family home. Many students in DKIT would dearly love to live as a lodger in a family home. It offers security, comfort and stability for all concerned, not to mention an income for the host family.
"A family can earn up to €12,000 per annum without paying tax by renting a room to a lodger in this way. Indeed this may be a good way for those whose family have grown up and moved away to earn extra income and improve their home security by having a trustworthy person living in.
"Anybody interested in this should contact DKIT Students Union on 042 9370390."
DkIT have plans for more accommodation building but they are not planned to come online for several years.
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