Deepening housing crisis may force students to give up courses, says union

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of students face putting their college dreams on hold this autumn due to the housing crisis. The lack of affordable housing is having a devastating impact on third-level students who may have to forgo attending college or university because they can’t find anywhere to live, according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) …” (more)

[Allison Bray, Independent, 19 August]

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UCD Unable to Renew Lease on Muckross Halls Residence

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD has confirmed that the Muckross Halls Residence will no longer be available for students this year after the Dominican Order which owns the site opted against renewing the lease with the university. The off-campus accommodation is located near Marlborough Road in Donnybrook, on a large area of land owned by the Order …” (more)

[College Tribune, 18 August]

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Student housing block held up by ‘opportunistic pay off’ bid

Posted in Governance and administration on August 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“What has been described as an ‘opportunistic bid to secure a substantial pay-off’ is blocking the sale of a site and the development of 350 student bed spaces in Dublin’s Brewery Quarter, the High Court heard today on Thursday …” (more)

[Ray Managh, Irish Times, 17 August]

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A third of students rely on parents or loans to cover the cost of rent, says USI

Posted in Life on August 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than a third of students have no income to cover their rent, which can cost up to €500 a month. A survey from the Union of Students of Ireland (USI) shows that almost 60% of students spend between €256 and €500 a month on accommodation. It also found that 36% do not have the income to cover rent …” (more)

[Charlie Weston, Independent, 15 August]

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Research reveals more than 50% of students spend €500 on rent

Posted in Life on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than half of students are spending up to €500 a month on rent according to new research. The Union of Students in Ireland have found 58% are spending between €256 and €500 a month while 36% have no monthly income to cover the costs …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 14 August]

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Scam warning as ‘desperate’ students seek homes to rent

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

Ireland“There has been a reported spike in rental scams as a new generation of Third Level students desperately searches for accommodation. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and gardaí have issued a warning to those looking for a place to live in advance of the academic year …” (more)

[Gavin White, Independent, 9 August]

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Garda issue warning after €20k deposits paid to rent scammer

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

Ireland“Over €20,000 in deposits was paid to a scammer who pretended to be the landlord of a Dublin property he was about to vacate. The incident was highlighted by gardaí as one of many kinds of fraud in the rental market as they advised students to be careful when hunting for accommodation in the coming weeks …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 August]

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University of Limerick responds to ‘unprecedented’ student housing demands in city

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick is launching a campaign inviting homeowners and landlords to come forward and advertise available accommodation on the university’s accommodation list, in response to ‘unprecedented’ demand for student housing …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 31 July]

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Mitchell O’Connor warned of ‘unprecedented demand’ for student accommodation

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

Ireland“The new minister for higher education has been warned of an ‘unprecedented demand’ for affordable student accommodation. Mary Mitchell O’Connor has been told of the ‘significant challenges’ in addressing the issue, as parents and students face into the scramble to find accommodation for the academic year ahead …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 25 July]

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Call for urgent action over student accommodation crisis in Galway

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

Ireland“The government is being urged to tackle the lack of student accommodation in cities such as Galway, Dublin and Cork. Young Fine Gael says student rents in Galway city have risen by a third in the past year …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 24 July]

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Student bed crisis in Cork as accommodation is already snapped up

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

Ireland“More purpose built student accommodation is needed for students as frantic searches get underway in the City. Student accommodation in Cork is currently fully booked for September, more than one month before the first round of college places are offered to students …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Evening Echo, 22 July]

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23,000 students left without a place to stay as year begins

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is short of 23,000 purpose-built student bed spaces to meet the demand from college-goers this autumn, according to a new report that outlines plans to tackle the deficit up to 2024. While demand for student beds is put at 57,075 this year, only 33,441 spaces are available in dedicated student complexes, whether on campus or developed by private providers …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 July]

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College applicants ‘cannot afford student accommodation’

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

Ireland“Student unions have warned that the vast majority of college applicants cannot afford newly-built student accommodation. The warning comes as higher education authorities estimate there will be a shortage of more than 20,000 beds for students in the coming academic year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 July]

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Government Launches Accommodation Strategy Promising 21,000 Student Beds by 2024

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

Ireland“With a target of providing 21,000 student beds by 2024, the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, launched the government’s plan to address a student housing crisis that has for years tested the resources of universities and students’ unions …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony and Dominic McGrath, University Times, 20 July]

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Ministers launch the National Student Accommodation Strategy

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

Ireland“The development of the first National Student Accommodation Strategy is a key action in the Government’s Rebuilding Ireland: Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness.  It has been developed by the Department of Education and Skills (DES), together with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPCLG), as well as key stakeholders to introduce measures to support the delivery of an increased level of supply of Purpose Built Student Accommodation …” (more, download)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 July]

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UCD students union reveals video evidence of the state of rooms being rented during term time

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD students say they are being offered ‘semi-derelict’ buildings to live in during term time. Their students union has gone undercover using Snapchat to get video evidence of the substandard accommodation they are being offered on the rental market …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 19 July]

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Belfast student housing scheme bought by new developer

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

“A planned student housing scheme in Belfast has been sold to a new developer. The site at Little Patrick Street received planning permission in October 2016, following an application by UniCiti LLP …” (more)

[John Campbell, BBC News, 17 July]

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Students squeezed as rents rise and 12-month leases demanded

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The chase for a college home is getting tougher in the face of rising rents and landlord demands for 12-month leases. The national housing crisis is particularly acute in the larger cities and towns – the very areas where universities and other colleges are based – and students are feeling the squeeze …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and others, Independent, 15 July]

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Hines opens 447-bed block in Dublin with plans for more

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

Ireland“Property giant Hines intends seeking planning permission for a new student accommodation block in Dublin after opening its fourth such facility in the capital on Wednesday. The US-based multinational is spending €600 million on student apartment blocks in the Republic and Britain, where it has a total of 14 sites, five of which are in Dublin …” (more)

[Barry O’Halloran, Irish Times, 12 July]

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Students face ‘homeless’ fears as demand outstrips supply in Limerick

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

Ireland“There are fears that some Limerick students could be left ‘homeless’ for the first few weeks of the September semester, in light of a housing supply decline and increasing rents …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 12 July]

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