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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‘Depopulation’ in city blamed on UCC growth

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

Ireland“A former Lord Mayor of Cork has hit out at what he calls the ‘disintegration of communities’ caused by the spread of University College Cork. Toddy O’Sullivan, a former Labour TD and junior minister, who was also Lord Mayor of Cork in 1980, said families have been pushed out of residential areas of the south side of the city due to the rise in student accommodation …” (more)

[Kelly O’Brien, Evening Echo, 12 June]

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HEA considers container flats for student housing

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Converted shipping containers may be used to house hard-pressed college students as the rental sector prepares for an unprecedented crisis in the autumn. The ‘Lego-style’ apartments are already in use in a number of continental cities. Now, given the chronic shortage of suitable accommodation, the Higher Education Authority (HEA), says the use of containers to cater for some students cannot be ruled out …” (more)

[Mark O’Regan, Independent, 4 June]

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With Private Sector Booming, Trinity Rethinks Approach to Securing More Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“With the need to secure extra accommodation for its students growing and with a sudden influx of private developers building in the city, Trinity is turning its focus away from building new accommodation to getting students rooms in existing developments …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 2 June]

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Trinity Secures Additional 500 Beds for Students in Gardiner St Complex

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has secured almost 500 additional beds for students in a private development in Gardiner St for the next academic year, and has renegotiated a lease for just under 250 beds in the Binary Hub accommodation complex …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 1 June]

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Intake of international students threatened by lack of accommodation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has warned that Ireland’s focus on attracting increasing numbers of foreign students is threatened by the lack of suitable accommodation. Dr Graham Love, CEO of the HEA, said that there was a shortage of accommodation in Dublin and most other large urban areas …” (more)

[Fionnuala Jones, NewsTalk, 29 May]

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Lough to step up fight against student plan

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Residents of The Lough will not give up on their fight against a student high-rise in their area, according to local Independent Councillor Paudie Dineen. ‘The Lough area is already absolutely saturated with student accommodation and it’s definitely affecting the quality of life of a lot of people living here’, he said …” (more)

[Kelly O’Brien, Evening Echo, 26 May]

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Student unit plan

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Details of new supported student accommodation in Bishopstown were revealed this week. Cork City Council has acquired seven housing units which will provide 39 bed spaces and ancillary office premises at Bishopsgrove on the Curraheen Road. It will provide a bed for students who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless …” (more)

[Niamh Aine Ryan, Cork Independent, 25 May]

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296 bed student accommodation to be constructed for 2018

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

Ireland“A €43 million contract for the development of a 296 bed student residence was signed earlier today by BAM Ireland and Global Student Accommodation (GSA), and is expected to be completed by September 2018. The residence, Uninest Mill II, will be located in Merchants Quay alongside another 400 bed student residence constructed by GSA …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 24 May]

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Plan for 152-bed Drumcondra student residence rejected

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

Ireland“Planning permission has been refused for a 152-bed student accommodation scheme in Drumcondra in Dublin. The four-storey apartment project was planned for beside the Mater Dei Institute of Education teaching college on Clonliffe Road. The developers sought permisison from Dublin City Council to demolish five existing houses, one of which was a protected structure …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 18 May]

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More student apartments granted permission on Coca-cola site

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

Ireland“Planning permission has been granted for more student apartments in Cork. Permission is already in place for a 92 student apartments on the former Coca-Cola bottling site on the Carrigrohane Straight Road in buildings ranging from four to seven storeys …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 16 May]

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200 say no to high-rise student block proposal at Lough protest

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

Ireland“A former Lord Mayor has hit out at the Diocese of Cork and Ross for selling land to developers who want to build a student high-rise at The Lough, dubbing the move ‘a betrayal’. Toddy O’Sullivan, a former Labour TD and junior minister, who was also Lord Mayor of Cork in 1980, argued that the land in question …” (more)

[Kelly O’Brien, Evening Echo, 15 May]

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