Student accommodation discussions key focus for new city development plan

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The provision of student accommodation in Cork is a key focus of talks between city planners and the city’s third-level institutions as work starts of the drafting of a new city development plan. The city council said the series of engagements are ‘background research’ ahead of the formal preparation later this year of a draft development plan – the first to include the expanded city region …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 15 January]

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University of Limerick to double up on rented rooms on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick hopes to offer additional and cheaper on campus accommodation to students by giving them the option of doubling up in rented rooms. UL said the introduction of twin rooms will add 630 extra beds to its existing on-campus offering in time for the new academic year this coming September …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 13 January]

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Student apartments planned for North Main Street

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A planning consultation request has been lodged for almost 290 student beds on North Main Street. A company named as Bmore Developments has requested a consultation with An Bord Pleanála to determine whether a possible development on the street for 285 student bed spaces qualifies as a Strategic Housing Development (SHD) …” (more)

[Robert McNamara, EchoLive, 31 December]

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UCC President is thinking ‘outside the box’ to minimise the impact of housing shortages on students and staff

Posted in Governance and administration on December 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork is looking at co-developing accommodation for both students and staff as a way to minimise the impact of housing shortages. UCC president Professor Patrick O’Shea said the college is thinking ‘outside the box’ to find affordable, suitable housing for students, young workers and families …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 26 December]

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NUIG seeks approval to use student accommodation for summer tourists

Posted in Governance and administration on December 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is seeking planning permission to use the Goldcrest student accommodation in Dangan for tourists during the summer season. The 429 apartment student accommodation complex at Goldcrest was granted planning permission in May 2016 by An Bord Pleanála, and began accepting students for the 2018/2019 academic year …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 25 December]

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Student apartments get go-ahead despite locals objecting to ‘studentification’ of Liberties

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

Ireland“Despite objections, more than 350 students apartments have been given the go-ahead in the Liberties in Dublin. Locals say it will lead to the ‘studentification’ of the area. An Bord Pleanala has approved the high-end student accommodation, which the promoters say is ‘akin to a boutique hotel’ …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 20 December]

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Institutes of Technology Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2019 by steve

IrelandDarragh O’Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of plans to establish funding mechanisms for institutes of technology to support the development of their student accommodation capacity …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 3 December]

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National Student Accommodation Strategy

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

Ireland“8,229 PBSA Bed Spaces completed by end Q3, 2019. Student Accommodation target for 2019 surpassed. The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and the Minister of State with special responsibility for Housing and Urban Development, Damien English TD today released the end Q3 2019 progress report on the National Student Accommodation Strategy …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 29 November]

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Institutes of Technology Funding – Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2019 by steve

IrelandDarragh O’Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of steps to establish funding mechanisms for institutes of technology to support the development of their student accommodation capacity …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 November]

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Crow’s Nest site is being cleared ahead of student apartment development

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Preparatory work began yesterday at the Crow’s Nest site at Victoria Cross as crews gear up to begin construction on a new student development. Work has been undertaken in recent days to clear the site which is expected to house more than 200 student beds when completed …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 13 November]

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DCU puts 10 acres of Griffith Avenue land on market for €35 million

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

Ireland“DCU is selling nearly 10 acres of land on Griffith Avenue for €35 million. The land, which is located to the south of the campus, was bought by the university in the early 2000s …” (more)

[Aakanksha Surve, DublinLive, 6 November]

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674-bed facility planned for NUI Galway

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

Ireland“Plans have begun for a new €60 million student accommodation complex at NUI Galway. The 674–bed facility is due to open at the start of the 2022/2023 academic year, in an attempt to relieve stress on an already creaking housing market …” (more)

[Paddy Henry, SIN, 5 November]

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40 students left waiting for return of €20,000 worth of deposits from accommodation complex

Posted in Legal issues on October 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Forty students have been left waiting since September for their deposits – worth a total of €20,000 – to be returned to them from a private student accommodation complex in North Dublin. Students have been waiting for the return of their €500 deposits since they moved out of Block A apartments in Hazelwood at the beginning of September …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite and Ian Begley, Independent, 31 October]

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Student apartment owner cannot engage in short-term letting

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The owner of student accommodation on the Western Road will not be allowed to carry on letting apartments on a short-term basis outside of the third-level academic year after An Bord Pleanála overruled its own inspector …” (more)

[Robert McNamara, EchoLive, 25 October]

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Trinity must do more to stop student exploitation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A recent scandal wherein a young female tenant was offered an exchange of sexual favours in lieu of paying rent represents the exploitative, opportunistic and dangerous reality of Dublin’s current rental market. Students in the latter years of their degree will undoubtedly know people who have had, or will themselves have been victim to, landlords who are desperate to capitalise off of the rising prices of accommodation in the most expensive city to live in within the Eurozone …” (more)

[Ursula Dale, Trinity News, 26 October]

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Work set to start next year on €60m student accommodation scheme

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

Ireland“More than 600 new student bed spaces will come on stream at NUIG in time for the start of the semester in September 2022 – bringing welcome relief to the high demand in the student housing market. The university this week invited tenders for the design and construction contract to develop a new apartment complex at Corrib Village, the existing student accommodation villa …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 22 October]

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Student Accommodation and the Budget

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2019 by steve

IrelandEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the details of additional provision made for student accommodation in budget 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter … ” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 October]

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College students are still looking for accommodation in Cork a month into the new term

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students in both UCC and CIT are still trying to find a place to live for the college year. It is believed that tens of students are still looking for accommodation, amid record-high rents and lack of available rooms …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, EchoLive, 13 October]

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Should UCD make its prices for student accommodation proportional to parental income?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on October 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“To ensure accessibility of education and the well-being of its students, UCD should make its fees proportional to parental income. Not all fees are covered by the free fees initiative and Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). The most daunting factor of university is accommodation. With the rising cost of living in Dublin, any undue financial burden could keep a student from being able to attend school …” (more)

[University Observer, 12 October]

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Students face over 10% rent increase in Dublin complex

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Tenants in a student complex in the capital are facing rent increases of more than 10% due to what the management company is calling an ‘administrative incident’. Some 53 students in the LIV Student accommodation block on Church Street in Dublin signed contracts at the beginning of September that states rooms cost €270 per week …” (more)

[Shauna Bowers, Irish Times, 11 October]

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