UCD wants to fast-track plans for thousands of student beds

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

Ireland“UCD wants to fast-track planning permission for more than 3,000 student beds under Government measures aimed at ending the housing crisis. The university has formally signalled its intention to bypass normal procedures by applying directly to An Bord Pleanála for the substantial on-campus development …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 23 September]

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Belfast Holyland residents frustrated over parking scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2017 by steve

“Residents in south Belfast’s Holyland area say they are frustrated at the lack of a parking scheme for the area more than 10 months on from when it was first announced. The scheme for College Park Avenue and Rugby Road was given the go-ahead by the former Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard last November …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 September]

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Belfast Holyland residents ‘under siege’ during Freshers Week antics

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

“Three arrests have been made in the Holyland area of Belfast as students return for the Freshers Week ahead of the start of the University year. In recent years the Holyland in south Belfast has become infamous for large numbers of young people taking part in anti-social behaviour to the distress of residents. There were similar incidents this time last year as students arrived and took up accommodation in the area …” (more)

[Claire Williamson, Belfast Telegraph, 20 September]

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USI Condemns Dublin City Councillor’s Vote Preventing Student Accommodation Planning During Crisis

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today condemns a vote by Dublin City Councillors last night for applicants to submit evidence demonstrating that there is not an over-concentration of student accommodation within an area, including a map showing all such facilities, from 0.25km to 1km of a proposal in Dublin …” (more)

[Daniel Waugh, Union of Students in Ireland, 20 September]

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Controls on student housing ‘justified’ after ‘avalanche’ of student accommodation in parts of Dublin’s inner city

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An ‘avalanche’ of student accommodation in parts of Dublin’s inner city justifies plans to impose tighter planning controls around such developments, a councillor has claimed. Críona Ní Dhálaigh is supporting proposed changes to planning guidelines in the city council area, which would mean the existence of other student accommodation within a 1km-radius should be considered when new developments are being planned …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 September]

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TCDSU Condemns €9,000-a-Year Dublin Accommodation Complex

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

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has condemned the high prices of private student accommodation, calling on the government to act after their ‘negligent’ response to the accommodation crisis …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 13 September]

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The Student Housing Crisis: Are Digs the Solution?

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

Ireland“A campaign headed up by Campaigns & Communications Officer Barry Murphy has exposed the problems that students are facing with getting acceptable accommodation around Dublin. The campaign involves UCD students going undercover to view potential places and exposing their shoddy conditions using Snapchat …” (more)

[College Tribune, 13 September]

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Colleges open to deals with developers on student digs

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

Ireland“A Knight Frank survey of third-level institutes has found that many colleges expect the acute shortage of campus student accommodation to get worse due to more international students being diverted to Ireland because of Brexit. It also found that two-thirds of colleges are open to the idea of forming joint venture partnerships with private developers to address the supply gap …” (more)

[Mark Paul, Irish Times, 10 September]


City student accommodation provider wants option to rent to tourists

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

Ireland“The owners of a building, which is set to become student accommodation in the city centre, is hoping to change condition of planning permission. An Bord Pleanála granted permission for the student accommodation at the Webworks building at Fairgreen Road earlier this year …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 7 September]

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Accommodation at Marino Institute ‘neither clean nor liveable’

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

Ireland“Student accommodation at Marino Institute of Education in Dublin has been described as ‘neither clean nor liveable’. Niall O’Donovan, welfare officer of the college’s student union, said it is experiencing ‘a huge volume of complaints’ from students living in the Ziggurat student accommodation in Marino …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 5 September]

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Can you afford new ‘luxury’ student accommodation?

Posted in Life on September 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Student accommodation might conjure up images of grotty homes with mildewed curtains and questionable electrics. Now, a new breed of purpose-built luxury student accommodation is on the way, kitted out with flat-screen TVs, ensuite bathrooms and access to communal cinemas and gyms …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Éanna Ó Caollaí and Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 31 August]

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Concerns over purpose-built student housing in Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on August 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Concern has been raised by business leaders about moves that could restrict the provision of badly-needed student accommodation in Dublin city centre. Councillors will get a report from planning officials soon before voting on the proposal that could make it harder to get permission for purpose-built student housing …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 August]

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Moves to restrict student housing must be opposed – Ibec

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today called on Government to oppose and prevent measures under consideration by Dublin City Council to restrict student accommodation. The proposal seeks to provide planning authorities with an additional basis to oppose the building of student accommodation …” (more)

[Ibec, 29 August]

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Just When is Accommodation Going to Become a Real Priority for Universities?

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

Ireland“As the accommodation crisis morphs from a calamity into a permanent feature of Irish cities, the inadequacy of Irish universities’ attempts to solve the problem are becoming more and more apparent. The crisis, which is showing little sign of relenting, has become an annual talking point in the media. High rents, exploitative landlords and the latest innovation all take up column inches as politicians and universities offer the latest pithy advice to students fretting about finding a home for college …” (more)

[University Times, 27 August]

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Colleges see surge of interest from homeowners over student ‘digs’

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

Ireland“Colleges have reported a surge of interest among homeowners interested in renting rooms out to students in light of the crisis in accommodation. Minister for Education Richard Bruton and Minister of State with responsibility for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor last week appealed to householders to consider ‘digs’ as an accommodation option …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 28 August]

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Student accommodation crisis: our school-leavers deserve better

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The receipt of an offer for a college course should be a time of celebration for school-leavers. Instead, students planning to study away from home are facing into a period of stress and uncertainty. The crisis in housing supply, along with soaring rents, means many do not have access to affordable accommodation …” (more)

[Irish Times, 25 August]

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‘Digs’ are best solution to housing crisis – Bruton

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

Ireland“Old fashioned ‘digs’ are the best short-term solution to the student housing crisis, the Education Minister has said. As the scramble for accommodation continues, Richard Bruton urged more householders to consider renting out a room to a third-level student …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 24 August]

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Proposal for floating student accommodation met with cautious optimism by USI

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

Ireland“As Ireland’s accommodation shortage rages on, the national students’ union has reacted with cautious optimism to the innovative proposal of one property management company: floating accommodation on two barges in Galway …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 23 August]

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High-end barges to help house students left at sea in the accommodation crisis

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

Ireland“A Galway-based letting agency is planning to use high-end barges to accommodate hundreds of students who are unable to find somewhere to live. The housing crisis has prompted Winters Property Management to engage with harbour authorities and the owners of large-scale, multi-storey ships in a bid to provide a rapid solution to the rental squeeze …” (more)

[Charlie Weston, Independent, 23 August]

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‘Students left with nothing once rent is paid’

Posted in Life on August 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than a quarter of college students will be broke once their rent is paid this year, according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). An online survey conducted for the USI earlier this year found 29% of third-level students do not have an income exceeding €500 a month, even though 58% of students expect to pay between €251 and €500 a month in accommodation costs …” (more)

[Allison Bray, Independent, 23 August]

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