As many students continue to search for accommodation ahead of their return to third-level studies this month, some have said they are contemplating staying in a tent on campus to avoid a long daily commute.

Time is running out for Shauna Young who fears she will have to commute for up to five hours a day to attend college if she does not find accommodation soon.

The final year UCD student is from Kells in Co Meath.

She says the commute to Dublin can take between 90 minutes and two hours, depending on traffic, and then she has to get to UCD.

"I'm willing to join the other students who are currently looking to stay on campus in tents, I would be more than willing to do that, that's how bad it is."

The 20-year-old has a budget of €750 a month and is looking for a place in the city centre or south Dublin.

"I've emailed around 60 places in the last few weeks, haven't gotten any responses at all."

The English and sociology student did her Leaving Cert in 2020 and did remote learning for first year in college.

"First year of college was all online and the beginning of second year we had mask wearing and social distancing measures."

She said if she has to commute to college this year she will again miss out on so much.

"I'll miss out on a lot of society events, hanging out with my friends, the college stuff that I missed out in first year cause of Covid.

"It will be impossible to find a job because they want students to work weekends as well," she said.

Last year, Shauna lived in digs from Monday to Friday and had really hoped to find accommodation for the whole week this year.

She has been posting appeals for accommodation on social media to no avail.

With the new term fast approaching, she is trying to remain hopeful but is feeling increasing desperate.