www.switchingrooms.ie is a new online start-up that provides a solution to the housing shortage and escalating rents third level students face.

Switching Rooms provides a platform for students to advertise the room they are leaving behind, on its database; search for a suitable match in the required destination and do a direct swap, thus eliminating the crippling cost of rent.

“Switching Rooms is the Airbnb for students,” according to its founder, Aisling. “It allows students to swap their home rooms with one another, cutting out the huge rental costs faced by students during the academic year. This will allow students to source suitable accommodation, from their own home, and they will save all rental costs.”

Switching Rooms also allows students who are planning to study in Europe to use its service and is reaching out to all universities participating in the Erasmus programme.