September 2018 was the first year we offered rooms in The First Year Quiet Zone. There has been a measure of success with this zone however we intend to reduce the numbers to a maximum of 30 this year in an effort to ensure that everybody who lives in the Quiet Zone understands an accepts the Quiet Zone Ethos. The plan is to offer 30 rooms in Nore Halls which is in the heart of the student village in the North Campus. All rooms are single en-suite. 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 Nore Halls which consists of 7 apartments with 5 bedrooms in each - all rooms are single with bathroom en-suite (total cost per room per academic year €6100). Nore 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 or the University. 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 with an expression of Interest about the house rules of Living on Maynooth Campus. This will include a piece on why you wish to live in the Quiet Zone. All the answers to the questionnaire can be found on our website. 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 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 is now open for CAO Quiet Zone students and will close when we have recieved adaquete Expression of Interests. Your interest will be registered once you have completed and submited the Expression of Interest Forms. The expression of Interest will be subject to a shortlisting once the EOI has been clsed. If for any reason you are not shortlisted we will inform you by email giving you the reason why. Only the prescribed "Expression of Interest for First Year Quiet Zone Form" 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. Once an adaquete number of Expression of Interests have been recieved all students will be communicated to in relation to the booking process and date.
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 €500 will be required and this will double as your payment for Utilities for the full year. It will be refundable (October 2019) if you do not accept or get offered a full time academic place in Round 1 CAO Offers in August 2019. The first 30 eligible bookers (to be eligible you must have completed a valid Expression of Interest) will have a valid room booking until CAO Round 1 offers are made in August 2019. 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 2019.