We are launching a new accommodation option for first years in 2018-2019. It is a First Years Quiet Zone of 45 rooms in River Apartments Erne. If we have sufficient demand from first year students it will go ahead. If you have an interest in living in the First Years Quiet Zone (FYQZ) please read on.

What is the First Year Quiet Zone?
The First Year Quiet Zone will be based in River Erne Halls which consists of 9 apartments with 5 bedrooms in each -  all rooms are single with bathroom en-suite (total cost per room per academic year €6100). Erne Halls are in the heart of the Campus residential area on the North Campus. Only First Years will live in this House. Apartments will have male and female residents.  Students who choose to live in this zone must become a full time registered student of Maynooth University or St Patrick's College Maynooth and must be able to live independently without assistance from fellow residents. The ethos of The Quiet Zone is study focused, low alcohol, clean, and low noise among like minded students. It should be understood that the house rules are the same in the FYQZ as everywhere else and no additional enforcement (other than the guest facility) will be undertaken. There has been a Quiet Zone on Maynooth Campus for Continuing Students since 2014  (this will remain separate to the FYQZ) which has been very successful for its residents (95% satisfaction rating in recent survey of residents). The ethos is maintained and managed by the community of students who live there with no additional rules or monitoring from the Accommodation Office. It works well because it is student driven and student preserved so only those students who want such a living environment should apply.   The one exception to this is that in the First Year Quiet Zone (FYQZ) there will be no guests/visitors allowed in the apartments after 7pm in the evening unless the guest has been signed in and authorised in advance - usually giving a few days notice for a reason such as a study group meeting for example. We have found that students find it more difficult to manage the behaviour of guests. When there is noise it is often because of too many guests or guests who get out of control of the host student which in turn disturbs other resident's enjoyment of their place of residence. This one difference from the normal regulations is put in place to assist FYQZ residents to regulate their own environment more easily.  

How do I get a Room in the First Year Quiet Zone?

To offer rooms in the FYQZ  we ask that you complete an  E-Module about the house rules of Living on Maynooth Campus. All the answers to the questionnaire can be found on our website.  Once complete you  will then be asked to complete an online Expression of Interest for FYQZ.  This will ask for some personal details, ask you to accept terms and conditions but please note there will be no payment/booking fee requested at the Expression of Interest stage.  It will take about 10 minutes in total to complete both the E-Module and the Expression of Interest.  On the Expression of Interest you will be asked to make a statement about why you feel the FYQZ suits your needs and some shortlisting may be applied to expressions of interest where the reasons given do not fit with the ethos of the Quiet Zone.

Expressions of Interest will open online (on this page of the accommodation web site - see below) on 27 November 2017 (after the November 2017 Open Days) and will close on 30 March 2018 at 5pm.  Your interest will be registered once you complete and submit the E-Module and the Expression of Interest Forms. If for any reason you are not shortlisted we will inform you by email.  Only the prescribed "Expression of Interest for First Year Quiet Zone Form and E-Module"  will be accepted and no other form such as email, paper, drop in or any other form of expression of interest can be processed or accepted.  If we receive more expressions of interest than rooms available we will email during April all those who expressed an interest (date to be confirmed but likely to be during the week 2-6 April 2018 if it becomes necessary) to invite  you to book a room on a first come first served basis on 6 April 2018.

How will the Booking and Payments work?

Its a similar process to the general offering of rooms to First Years on 2 May 2018. At booking a room stage a booking fee of €450 will be required and this will double as your payment for Utilities for the full year. It will be refundable (October 2018) if you do not accept or get offered a full time academic place in Round 1 CAO Offers in August 2018.  The first 45 eligible bookers (to be eligible you must have completed a valid Expression of Interest) on the day will have a valid room booking until CAO Round 1 offers are made in August 2018. Bookings will be confirmed to those who hold a CAO offer for Maynooth  (Maynooth University and/or St Patrick's College Maynooth) and cancelled for those who have no offer at CAO Round 1 and a full refund of all fees paid to date will be made in October 2018. 
Those who have made an Expression of Interest but who are not in the first 45 room bookers will have the option to book a room on campus in the general offering of rooms (not quiet zone rooms) to First Years on 2 May 2018 at 12 noon.

If any of the 45 rooms booked in the FYQZ are cancelled in August after the CAO offers Round 1,  those who already submitted an Expression of Interest will be invited to book these vacant rooms on a first come first served basis during August 2018. We will not re-open the Expression of Interest once it closes on 30 March 2018 so only those who had already expressed interest during the November 2017 to March 2018 period will be eligible to book in August for any vacancies that may arise.

Please click on:

E-MODULE  (contains 13 questions and each question will appear when the correct answer for the previous question is given) AND EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR FYQZ LINK  (you are asked to give reasons for interest) ( Now Open)