Students charged €5.5k each up-front for accommodation in one popular Limerick district

Posted in Life on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In a week which saw thousands of students flock to Limerick for the start of the new academic year, a landlord has charged a number of students €5.5k each up-front for privately rented accommodation near UL campus …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 12 September]

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Student grant fails to cover half of rental costs in Ireland’s cities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The grant provided by the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) does not cover even half of the cost of accommodation in Ireland’s major cities, a committee has heard. The SUSI grant, which provides funding to third-level students for fees and maintenance, also fails to reflect the cost of living, particularly for housing …” (more)

[Cate McCurry, Belfast Telegraph, 12 September]

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Lack of accommodation a major issue for AIT students

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Jumping housing prices and inadequate accommodation make the issue of living away from home very difficult for students attending Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT ) this year. ‘Many people may not think it’s an issue compared bigger cities like Dublin. Athlone will of course not be going through the same huge rent being charged in our capital city, however it is still putting huge amounts of strain onto students both due to the lack of accommodation as well as the rising prices …'” (more)

[Ronan Fagan, Athlone Advertiser, 12 September]

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Cost of UCC Accommodation Soars

Posted in Governance and administration on September 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The cost of student accommodation for the year 2019/2020 has increased nationwide, with UCC introducing the highest price increase in Ireland. All five of UCC’s on-campus accommodation facilities – University Hall, Victoria Lodge, Castlewhite apartments, Victoria Mills, and Mardyke Hall – saw price increases between 10% and 11.5%, with the price range now €4029-€6179 yearly …” (more)

[Samantha Calthrop, University Express, 7 September]

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TCDSU Hits Out, After Luxury Accommodation Leaflets Placed on Freshers’ Stand

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) President Laura Beston has condemned LIV Student, a luxury student accommodation company, after it allegedly placed advertising leaflets on the union’s freshers’ fair stall without asking permission from any of those at the stand …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 6 September]

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Students struggling to find accommodation as cost continues to rise

Posted in Life on September 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“College students are being distracted from their education by looking for accommodation. Many students are still trying to find somewhere to live for this academic year. It comes as every college in the country has hiked its student living fees …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 6 September]

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Private Company to Build Luxury Student Apartments in the Liberties

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Liberties could soon be hosting hundreds of new students, after a building company submitted plans for a new 368-bed luxury student accommodation complex in the area …” (more)

[Robert Quinn, University Times, 5 September]

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Residents opposing student bed spaces plan

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans are in the pipeline for the construction of nearly 700 new student bed spaces in two separate developments in the city. The developments are expected to relieve pressure on Galway’s spiralling rental market … but one of them is already generating significant opposition from local residents …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 6 September]

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TCDSU Must Organise a Campus Rent Strike Within the Year

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A month ago, I went to a viewing of a two-bedroom apartment on Adelaide Rd. Sound nice? Calling it a hovel would be generous. It was a basement apartment: two cramped bedrooms and one small window, which faced out onto a debris-filled garden …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 3 September]

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‘I’ve had enough’ – Trinity PhD student writes to minister demanding rent subsidy

Posted in Life on September 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A Trinity College Dublin (TCD) student has penned a letter to the minister of third level education claiming that PhD students are forgotten in Ireland. The letter asks for an accommodation subsidy to be provided to students as the maximum stipend of €18,000 per year makes living in Dublin difficult to afford …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 3 September]

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Hundreds of student accommodation bedspaces planned for the city

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More student accommodation is being proposed for Galway city. Exeter Ireland Property III Limited has submitted preliminary plans directly to An Bord Pleanála for 405 student accommodation spaces at Cúirt na Coiribe …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 1 September]

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Students allegedly given sponge sheets for beds and told they can only cook instant noodles while renting Dublin city centre ‘apartment’ hidden in tiny industrial unit

Posted in Life on August 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Four Malaysian students are locked in a bitter deposit dispute after leaving what might be Dublin’s most shocking rented accommodation. Unbelievable photos show what appears to be a small industrial lot that has now been converted into an ‘apartment’ in the capital’s city centre …” (more)

[Gavin O’Callaghan, DublinLive, 29 August]

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Student accommodation development soars but new investments set to slow

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The purpose-built student accommodation market has seen continued growth in both development and investment activity over the 12 months to the end of June. According to a report by Cushman & Wakefield, a total of 2,133 PBSA bed spaces have completed construction during the period bringing total standing stock in Dublin to 13,476 bed spaces …” (more)

[Donal Buckley, Independent, 29 August]

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Students spend up to 30 hours a week commuting

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Lorna Fitzpatrick, USI president, tells us how students are spending up to 30 hours a week commuting to college because they can’t afford the high cost of accommodation …” (podcast)

[RTÉ – This Week, 25 August]

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The Irish Times view on student housing: acute pressures

Posted in Governance and administration on August 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For some students, gaining the CAO points they need is the hard part. For others, finding affordable accommodation as they prepare for college is even more stressful. That acute pressure is reflected by Garda warnings about scammers who offer accommodation in properties they don’t own, take hefty deposits and then disappear …” (more)

[Irish Times, 23 August]

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USI wants the barriers to education broken

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have called on the government to break the barriers to third level education. In a statement, the USI criticised government ministers Joe McHugh and Mary Mitchell O’Connor for downplaying the accommodation and higher education funding crises …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally, The College View, 20 August]

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Board issues opinion on plan for major student accommodation complex in Terryland

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An Bord Pleanala has issued its opinion that an application for a major new student accommodation complex in Terryland can be formally submitted. The plan is led by Montane Developments Ltd …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 19 August]

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Third level institutions hike up student accommodation rents as Minister buries his head in the sand – Chambers

Posted in Governance and administration on August 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo, Lisa Chambers, has hit out at Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, for failing to cap spiralling student accommodation rents. The government has for a second year running failed to implement rent caps on student campus accommodation, according to Chambers …” (more)

[Mayo Advertiser, 16 August]

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Let them go to regional colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The recent comments by Minister for Education Joe McHugh, stating that students who can’t afford to go to university should consider regional options (Home News, August 14th) are elitist and imply that studying in university is only for the wealthy …” (more)

[Laura Harmon, Irish Times, 17 August]

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FG is slammed for ‘let them eat cake’ attitude to grants and rental costs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government has been heavily criticised for suggesting students should use their Susi grant to cover the cost of accommodation, or go to regional colleges. Fianna Fáil accused Fine Gael of having a ‘let them eat cake’ attitude to higher education costs facing families, as Leaving Cert students receive their first round CAO offers today …” (more)

[Hugh O’Connell, Independent, 15 August]

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