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Determinants of international students’ choice of accommodation in Ireland: A study of National College of Ireland

Konadu, Eric (2021) Determinants of international students’ choice of accommodation in Ireland: A study of National College of Ireland. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Accommodation is an essential part of tertiary student's life. The residences’ of students play a critical part in the student's experience while on the campus of the institution. Individuals from different backgrounds have different preferences when it comes to choosing a place of accommodation especially the environmental conditions around the residency such as security, room size and recreational facilities. All students both international and local are observed to have different adjustments problems as they move from one place of residence to another. The increase in the number of international students seeking higher education has created problems that include finding an accommodation to reside on-campus as one of the biggest challenges.

The objective of the study is to determine the factors that international students’ base when they choose accommodation in Ireland. The study was grouped into seven chapters. A Descriptive research approach was used for the study. A questionnaire was the main data collection instrument as the study was quantitative in nature. The population for the study was international students in the National College of Ireland, Dublin. A sample size of one hundred first year international students was used for the study. The sampling techniques for the study were convenience and purposive sampling techniques. Both primary and secondary data were the main source of data for the study. Data collected was analysed by the use of Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). Results from the findings revealed that most international students were residing outside the campus. Their housing type includes shared flats or houses, property own by relative or friends, lodging with the landlord in own room and shared rooms. Findings further revealed that some international students travelled more than three miles to their faculty for lectures. Again, the findings revealed that international students when looking for accommodation considers cleanliness and sanitation, accommodation cost, privacy, security, space for learning, space of bathroom and toilet, size of room size, proximity to faculty or lectures and proximity to recreation centres. In addition, findings revealed that international students' academic performance is significantly impacted by accommodation factors such as privacy, proximity to lecture or faculty, cleanliness and sanitation, space for learning, size of the room, recreational facilities, good security, and proximity to restaurant or eating place. The study concluded that students are willing to stay on-campus if the cost of on-campus accommodation was moderate and within their means. The study recommends that the National College of Ireland work in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education to build hostels purposely meant for international students at an affordable price which will reduce the ratio between on-campus and outside campus residence. Likewise, National College of Ireland should work hand in hand with the bursary committee to reduce the cost of accommodation for on-campus for international students to make on-campus residency attractive to international students.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Housing
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > Ireland
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Science in International Business
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2022 11:23
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2022 11:23
URI: https://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/5500

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