Student Leaders Urge Accommodation Companies to Refund Residents

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2020 by steve

“Students’ unions across the country, as well as the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), have called on luxury accommodation providers to refund students forced to leave early due to the coronavirus outbreak …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 1 April]

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All landlords must refund students who had to end their licences early because of COVID-19 – Eoin Ó Broin TD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has called for all landlords, private and university, to refund students who have had to end their licences early because of COVID-19. Deputy Ó Broin said: ‘We have received hundreds of emails from students and their parents who have had leave their private rented accommodation and end their licenses early due to COVID-19. They have been refused rent refunds …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 1 April]

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USI calls for accommodation refunds for student tenants

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has called on operators of large-scale student accommodation to refund student tenants who have had to leave college and return home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It says landlord firms are refusing any refunds to students who are no longer living in the privately-operated student buildings, many of whom have lost part-time jobs due to closures as a result of the pandemic …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 25 March]

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Private Student Accommodation Providers Must Refund Students – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education, Thomas Byrne, has called on those providing private student accommodation to return prepaid rents to students who have had to go home as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 25 March]

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Student accommodation providers must show rent leniency – Ní Chuilín

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has called for student accommodation providers to show leniency and freeze rents while universities and colleges are shut to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. Carál Ní Chuilín said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 25 March]

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DCU to offer rent refunds to students leaving campus accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

“Rent refunds will be made available to DCU students who leave their on campus accommodation due to the university’s closure. These refunds are scheduled to come into effect on Monday, March 30th, with students asked to contact Campus Residences to confirm they have left their rooms. All students will have until April 3rd to confirm the end of their tenancy …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally, The College View, 24 March]

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Rent prices are locking students out of education – and we won’t stand for it!

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2020 by steve

“As Students’ Unions around Ireland are stepping-up protests at universities and colleges demanding the reversal of rent increases in on-campus accommodation, a West Cork student shares his own three-month struggle to find affordable accommodation …” (more)

[Philip Brennan, Southern Star, 19 March]

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Landlord firm refuses rent refund for students who returned home due to virus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“One of Ireland’s largest student landlord firms has refused rent refunds to students who have chosen to go home during the Covid-19 crisis. Student leaders at University College Cork (UCC) urged Uninest, which operates two large student residences in Cork, as well as complexes in Dublin and around Europe, to show compassion during the unprecedented global public health crisis …” (more)

[Eoin English, BreakingNews.ie, 18 March]

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New sabbatical officers condemn DCU’s rent increases

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2020 by steve

“The DCUSU elect have strongly criticised the recent decision taken by the DCU management to increase the cost of on-campus accommodation calling the decision disgraceful and unfair for the students they will represent. DCU aim to increase rents for its on-campus student accommodation by 4% next year, the maximum increase permitted under rent cap laws …” (more)

[Conor Breslin, The College View, 18 March]

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Students vacating Trinity-owned accommodation to be refunded – but private renters face uncertainty

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2020 by steve

“Studenrs who’ve been told to vacate their student accommodation at Trinity College Dublin will be refunded for the period they don’t actually stay there. That is according to university Provost Patrick Prendergast who yesterday responded to a set of queries by Sinn Féin’s Housing Spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin …” (more)

[Sean Murray, TheJournal.ie, 18 March]

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UCC students being used as ‘cash cows’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2020 by steve

“Councillors have accused UCC of using students as ‘cash cows’ and described plans to seek rent hikes in five of their campus-owned student accommodation block as ‘disgraceful and appalling.’ North Cork-based Cllr William O’Leary (FF), who raised a motion at a meeting of the local authority this week, called on the governing body of UCC to implement a fixed term rent freeze on the campus owned student accommodation …” (more)

[Kieran O’Mahony, The Southern Star, 17 March]

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At the Frontlines of the On-Campus Rent Wars

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2020 by steve

“At the beginning of the year, when the results of the general election began filtering in, the nation was in a state of shock. Back before we realised that the coronavirus was about to change the way we live our lives, at least for a period of time, many thought the event that would rock Irish society could be the formation of a left-wing government …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 14 March]

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Cork City Council voice opposition to UCC rent hikes

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“At a meeting of Cork City Council last night, two motions were passed expressing the council’s opposition to rent hikes in student accommodation operated by University College Cork (UCC). The first motion stated that Cork City Council would ‘write to the governing body of UCC to register our disagreement with the proposed rent increases in student accommodation …'” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 10 March]

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College Rents Have Become Toxic – and Universities Are Risking Their Reputations

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Talk of rent hikes in campus accommodation hit an all-time high this week. A whopping seven out of eight of Ireland’s universities have now announced that they will be raising prices by between three and four per cent, which is the maximum amount allowed by rent pressure-zone legislation. Predictably enough, students have shown their outrage by staging protests, sleep-outs and rallies …” (more)

[University Times, 9 March]

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Thousands of students apply for hardship funds to help pay for rising rents

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of students have applied for hardship funding from colleges amid a backdrop of unrest in universities over hikes to on-campus rents. Latest figures indicate that at least 14,000 students have applied for funding totalling €9 million from the Student Assistance Fund in the current academic year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 March]

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Campus rent increases

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2020 by steve

IrelandSir, – An old aphorism states that if you show me your chequebook, then I will show you your priorities. In his recent opinion piece ‘Why should students living at home subsidise those living in campus accommodation?’ (Education, March 3rd), the provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Patrick Prendergast, argues that recent rent increases in a number of Irish universities are necessary, because student accommodation must pay for itself …” (more)

[Domhnall McGlacken-Byrne, Irish Times, 9 March]

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UCD Rent Protests 101: The Full Story

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCD’s on-campus accommodation will increase by 4% year on year for the next three years. A premium of €1,000 on average will also be charged to the 1,000 newly built student bedrooms. This news was announced on February 5th by UCD Students’ Union. In the weeks to follow, Belfield would see several acts of protest from various student groups on-campus, with unending calls to reverse the increase …” (more)

[Conor Capplis and Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 8 March]

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NUIG seeks five-star hotels as students face rent hikes

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is set to splash €180,000 on hotel accommodation, including five-star hotels. That’s quite a lot of public money for any institution to spend on hotels. But the timing of this invitation to tender for hotel accommodation is, well, unfortunate – in the midst of a rent-rise controversy on campus …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 6 March]

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Hundreds attend student protest over rent hikes at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2020 by steve

“Hundreds of students attended a protest at NUI Galway today to highlight a 4% rent increase in on campus accommodation. The gathering was organised by the NUIG Students Union and a coalition of student groups and activists …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 4 March]

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UCD Students in Standoff With Security, As Rent Protests Escalate

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

“University College Dublin (UCD) students today attempted to storm the college’s Club Restaurant in protest at campus rent increases, with a tense standoff between students and security marking the latest in a series of demonstrations in recent weeks …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 4 March]

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