A local university is calling for property owners in Athlone to open their homes to students.
The Technological University of the Shannon is asking people to help both new and returning students to secure accommodation.
A shortage of rooms has led to many students and parents contacting the TUS Student's Union for assistance.
Private houses, apartments and spare rooms with access to utilities are all sought for rent.
Prospective landlords are able to avail of up €14,000 tax in rent if they take in a student.
President of the TUS SU, Amelia Lown, says clear communication can help avert issues between tenant and landlord:
"What I would say to any landlord looking to do this, always have clear rules and boundaries set from the start. So, have your intentions clear. Let the student know how you want things done and then, likewise, the student would do it. It works both ways in a communication flow but definitely having clear rules and boundaries is very much important for a long lasting relationship between the landlord and the student".