Revealed: Inside the accommodation where 60 students share four fridges, toilets are blocked and rent increased by 38%

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students at a Dublin university claim they are living in squalid conditions despite seeing their rent increase by 38% this academic year. An undercover investigation reveals that 60 students are sharing each of four houses at St Patrick’s College in Drumcondra, on Dublin city’s northside …” (more)

[Hayley Halpin, Independent, 25 March]

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Dublin City Council orders redesign of DIT Grangegorman student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Development plans to increase student accommodation near the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Grangegorman campus have been criticised by Dublin City Council (DCC). The council has rejected two development plans and requested their redesign, arguing they could cause disruption for residents and commuters in the area …” (more)

[Conn de Barra, Trinity News, 23 March]

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Student Accommodation: Private Purpose Built Units

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the disparity between rents being charged in private purpose built student accommodation (details supplied) and the average rent which DIT estimate students currently pay, which is €348 per month; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 March]

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Dublin planners raise concerns over DIT student digs

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City Council has raised ‘serious concerns’ about the potential overconcentration of student accommodation surrounding the new DIT Grangegorman campus. Council planners have sent two major schemes, which would provide housing for almost 1,000 students within a few minutes’ walk of the campus …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 20 March]

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GSA tapping rich vein with its Irish student housing schemes

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“With an estimated 40,000 third-level students competing for accommodation in Dublin’s private rental sector annually, the potential importance of purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) should be obvious to the Government and anyone else with an interest in addressing the capital’s housing crisis …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Independent, 12 March]

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Plan for 400 student beds on track for September

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“International student accommodation company GSA is on target to deliver its latest 400-bed development in Dublin. The €41 million development is the next phase of an agreement between GSA and Chicago-based real estate private equity firm Harrison Street Real Estate Capital to invest €250 million in student accommodation in Dublin over the next five years …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 10 March]

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Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2017 by steve

IrelandFiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to outline his plans to combat the accommodation crisis for students attending UCD in 2017-18; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 March]

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4,000 Student Rooms On The Way For Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Nearly four thousand student beds will be available to rent here in the city by September 2020. Over half of those will be ready for use over the next 18 months …” (more)

[98FM, 9 March]

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New student accommodation to create 650 jobs

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The building of a new student accommodation complex in Dublin is set to create 650 new construction jobs. The new student accommodation is already under construction on Brunswick Street, Dublin 7 and is set to be completed in Summer 2018 …” (more)

[Clara Hickey, The College View, 8 March]

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Current supply issues in student accommodation in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In a recent report published by the Higher Education Authority, it was forecast that the unprecedented growth in higher education participation over recent years is set to continue …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 7 March]

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Go ahead for 47 student accommodation units in city centre

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Galway is to get new student accommodation. An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission for the student block at Fairgreen Road in the city. CWC Webworks Limited was initially granted planning permission for student accommodation at Fairgreen Road by the city council …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 2 March]

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UCD plans to convert student beds into seminar rooms

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin has sparked controversy by converting 40 student beds into high-end seminar rooms for corporate weekend courses. The university is spending €2.5 million on seminar rooms and new office space for the UCD business school’s professional diploma courses …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 28 February]

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Cork events centre site to see more student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Planning permission has been granted for extra student accommodation on part of the former Beamish brewery site earmarked for Cork’s €65m events centre. However, it is unclear if BAM Property intends to begin work soon or will have to await the outcome of a possible planning application for changes to the concert and conference venue …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 25 February]

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Approval for student housing to free up rental spaces

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Two student accommodation schemes given planning permission in Dublin could free up rental space for almost 500 people in the capital. Almost 200 students may be accommodated near Dublin Institute of Technology’s growing Grangegorman campus. The latest Daft.ie figures show average rents jumped nearly 15% in Dublin last year, reaching €1,664 a month for a three-bed house …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 February]

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Student Accommodation – National Strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2017 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of meetings he has had with relevant parties in developing the national student accommodation strategy, which was assigned to his Department under the rebuilding Ireland housing plan, action 4.7, to be delivered in quarter 2 2017; the name of each person he has met in developing the strategy; the organisation each represented; and the date the meeting took place …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 February]

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Students Renting Houses Is Becoming A Thing Of The Past

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Buying a home is not for the average person anymore. According to Daft.ie, the housing marketing is currently struggling due to poor supply, while the rental market continues to soar. The market is in such a bad state that students renting homes are becoming a thing of the past. Students just simply can’t afford the high prices of rent or struggle to find suitable accommodation …” (more)

[Daniel Keating, Campus.ie, 16 February]

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On-campus accommodation prices set to increase more than originally planned

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Despite stating otherwise last October, UCD Students’ Union President Conor Viscardi has admitted that on-campus accommodation price increases will be higher than expected …” (more)

[Martin Healy, University Observer, 16 February]

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Grangegorman residents fear planned student blocks

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Apartment blocks for almost 8,000 students are planned or under way in the north inner city, with more than half of those within 500 metres of the new Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) campus at Grangegorman, figures show. If all of the 23 proposed apartment complexes are built, one third of all the student bedspaces the Higher Education Authority says are required to meet the national shortfall of 25,000 would be in Dublin’s north inner city …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Belfast’s Holyland: ‘Magaluf-type party land’ for students

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2017 by steve

“Debate rages as to whether the south Belfast area densely populated by students is called the Holyland or the Holylands, but what is unanimously agreed is that antisocial behaviour has been an issue there for many years. Holyland resident Bríd Ruddy has lived in the area …” (more)

[Amanda Ferguson, Irish Times, 13 February]

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In Trying to Secure Student Accommodation, Universities Face a Multitude of Challenges

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“For many students, finding suitable accommodation is a plight they face year on year. This is largely as a result of a wider housing crisis currently affecting everyone, from those looking for social housing to renters looking for affordable accommodation in the private rental market, including students …” (more)

[Simon Foy, University Times, 11 February]

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