Students criticise ‘nimby’ opposition to Galway housing development

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students in NUI Galway and Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) have criticised residents in the Newcastle area of Galway city for campaigning to block a planned 400-bed student housing development. Mark O’Brien, head of the student union in GMIT, said local opposition to the student housing development was ‘discriminatory’ and a ‘a classic example of not in my backyard’ (‘nimby’) politics …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 8 August]

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Student Accommodation Solutions Worsened by Government Inaction

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“For some of those students who were successful in securing accommodation on campus or in Trinity Hall, the rent increases of up to 10% for some rooms may seem unfortunate. However, the increase may leave many more unsurprised …” (more)

[University Times, 5 June]

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Third Level Expenditure – Space Requirements

Posted in Governance and administration on June 10th, 2016 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of carrying out the capital projects identified in the Higher Education Authority space utilisation of third level conducted in 2010 in respect of projects that were identified as being in need of repair or replacement, taking deterioration that may have occurred since the report into account; if he will include any of these projects in the capital investment plan over a five, ten and 20-year period; the details of this; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 June]

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Ní Chuilín welcomes announcement on student housing plans

Posted in Governance and administration on January 13th, 2016 by steve

UK“Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has welcomed today’s announcements on contentious student housing developments in north Belfast. Ms Ní Chuilín said: ‘The issue of housing in North Belfast is very sensitive given the legacy of social housing discrimination …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 13 January]

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Landlords neglecting properties come under fire

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2013 by steve

“… Cllr Abbey said it can be quite common for landlords who rent out their properties to students of IT Carlow to allow their premises to run into disrepair over the summer months when they are vacant …” (more)

[Carlow People, 9 July]

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USI to appeal for Deposit Protection Scheme before Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment

Posted in Legal issues on October 4th, 2011 by steve

“Representatives from the Union of Students in Ireland’s USI will appear before a Joint Oireachtas Committee today October 4th as part of its campaign to secure a Deposit Protection Scheme for tenants. USI President, Gary Redmond, and USI Welfare Officer, Scott Ahearn, will make a presentation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 4 October]

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Students face €4,000 euro rent bill

Posted in Life on August 16th, 2011 by steve

“Students can expect to fork out up to €4,000 a year in rent is some parts of Dublin, figures have shown. Property website Daft.ie revealed rents remained static in July – at an average €823 per month – after falling three years in a row between 2007 to 2010 …” (more)

[Independent, 16 August]

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Students being ‘ripped off’ by rogue landlords, says union

Posted in Life on August 16th, 2011 by steve

“More than 60% of students are being ‘ripped off by rogue landlords’ who unfairly retain some or all of their rental deposits, the Union of Students in Ireland has claimed …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 16 August]

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USI in call for rent protection scheme

Posted in Legal issues on August 15th, 2011 by steve

“The USI in Ireland is calling for the introduction of a Deposit Protection Scheme to safeguard students from being exploited by unscrupulous landlords. The Union of Students in Ireland is calling for the introduction of a Deposit Protection Scheme to safeguard students …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 15 August]

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Universities target tourism industry

Posted in Governance and administration on June 13th, 2011 by steve

“The hotel sector will face increased competition for guests this summer from an unlikely source – the country’s seven universities. MUSA, the organisation responsible for selling summer accommodation at the colleges, is increasing its efforts to attract domestic and overseas tourists, and is also targeting the conference sector …” (more)

[Gillian Nelis, Sunday Business Post, 12 June]

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Top hotel may be used to house students

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2010 by steve

“The owners of the Corrib Great Southern Hotel in Galway have applied to have the site used as student accommodation three years after its closure. The hotel, on the old Dublin Road, will now be used for higher-educational purposes and research ventures …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Tribune, 31 October]

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The Rights of Student Tenants in Ireland

Posted in Legal issues on October 20th, 2010 by steve

“As many of us will know from our own time as students, being a student tenant is often a precarious position to be in. It is not unheard of for landlords to take advantage of student tenants including by providing sub-standard accommodation, refusing to provide a written lease, and threatening ejectment from the property on slender materials …” (more)

[Fiona de Londras, Human Rights in Ireland, 20 October]

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Students will reap benefits of 30% drop in rents

Posted in Life on August 19th, 2010 by steve

“This year’s crop of college-bound students will have the benefit of one of the cheapest rental markets in recent history, a new survey reveals …” (more)

[Allison Bray, Independent, 19 August]

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Students offered luxury living

Posted in Life on February 8th, 2010 by steve

“It’s a far cry from listening to The Smiths in a Rathmines bedsit. Students, once regarded by landlords as little better than pests, are now living in apartments with swimming pools and landscaped gardens as cash-strapped developers look to colleges to fill empty properties. The Dublin Institute of Technology, University College Cork and University College Dublin are among the third-level institutions that have block-booked student accommodation at a discount in luxury developments aimed at professional homeowners …” (more)

[Gabrielle Monaghan, Sunday Times, 7 February]

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Time to leave the campus?

Posted in Life on January 30th, 2010 by steve

“Many many years ago, when I was a student in Dublin in the College-that-cannot-be-named, I spent a year living in university accommodation. I must confess that this was not a life of luxury. I shared what I suppose you might call an apartment with one other student: we had a living room and a kitchen, and each of us had a bedroom …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 30 January]

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Are students the answer (for now) to the urban property crisis?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2010 by steve

“… One interesting emerging trend in this context relates to the short-term strategies pursued by investors and speculators at a time of downturn. Many it seems have turned to students as a temporary source of rental income while they sit out the slump. This is reflected in several emergent trends. A number of property companies now have ‘products’ targeted at the student accommodation market …” (more)

[Michael Punch and Philip Lawton, Ireland after NAMA, 25 January]

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UCD hunts developers to build apartments for students – complete with all mod cons

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2009 by steve

“UCD is appealing to developers to build apartments for student accommodation. University College Dublin has put out to tender for accommodation which is due to be ready by August 2010. It is thought this is the first time the university has put out feelers for new accommodation …” (more)

[Claire Murphy, Herald, 27 November]

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Most students ‘happy with lodgings’

Posted in Life on October 16th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“A report into student access to private rented housing has found a majority are happy with their accommodation. Students in the Private Rented Sector: What are the issues? found less than 18 per cent of students surveyed in Dublin expressed a preference for better quality accommodation …” (more)

[Fiona Gartland, Irish Times, 15 October]

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Students put in motorway services

Posted in Life on September 29th, 2009 by steve

UK“Hundreds of new students at a Leicestershire university have been put in hotels due to a room shortage. About 300 people have been put in non-university buildings including budget hotels at a service station on the M1. Families of the affected students complained the situation was both inconvenient and insecure …” (more)

[BBC News, 29 September]

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Students paying up to £1,200 a month for ‘extortionate’ digs

Posted in Life on September 25th, 2009 by steve

UK“As the new term begins for most students, it was disclosed that some undergraduates and postgraduates are paying up to £1,200 a month for accommodation. Rent is believed to have increased by more than two per cent for students in 2009 even though the rental market has been flooded in the recession as homeowners struggle to sell their property …” (more)

[Graeme Paton, Daily Telegraph, 24 September]

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