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]


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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Luxury student accommodation related to poorer academic performance, says US study

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students who stay in luxury accommodation achieve, on average, lower grades that those who stay in more traditional style student accommodation, according to a study carried out in the United States. The study, which examined the academic performances of college students staying in accommodation with a luxury-style apartment design that provided privacy and added amenities and students staying in a traditional double-corridor design with shared bathrooms at the ends, found that those staying in the latter type of accommodation achieved higher first semester grade point averages …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 10 October]

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Trinity campaign group calls for College rent strike

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The campaign group TCD Cut the Rent have called for students in Trinity Hall and in on-campus accommodation to take part in a rent strike whereby they would withhold the second installment of this year’s rent, due around Christmas, unless their demands are met …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 9 October]

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DCU to build 1,240 student beds

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has applied for planning permission for the construction of new student accommodation, which will include 1,240-bed spaces to be added to the existing 1,441-bed spaces across the three academic campuses. A spokesperson for DCU has also confirmed that ‘the University is also considering adding to the existing accommodation on the St Patrick’s Campus.’ According to the plan, an additional 990 beds will be allocated to the Glasnevin campus …” (more)

[Clodagh Healy, University Observer, 9 October]

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Irish Hotels Federation seek to block student accommodation being rented to tourists in Cork

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

Ireland“The Irish Hotels Federation is attempting to block a large student accommodation facility in Cork being rented out on a short-term basis to tourists. The IHF has sought a ruling from An Bord Pleanála on whether the use of Amnis House on Western Road in Cork for year-round, short-term letting represents a material change of use of the building which requires planning permission …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 8 October]

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Students find mouldy walls and dirty rooms in GMB accommodation

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

Ireland“Trinity students who moved into their on-campus accommodation in the Graduates’ Memorial Building (GMB) at the start of this year were disappointed to find damaged furniture, unclean rooms and mould growing on the walls …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 5 October]

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Many students will be locked out of third-level if costs and supports don’t start to balance

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Callaghan Commons is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Dublin City University Students’ Union. Here, he writes about how Budget 2020 should focus on students and access to education …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 5 October]

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University of Limerick students fall victim to housing crisis

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

Ireland“Despite the academic year having gotten well underway, a number of University of Limerick students have failed to secure accommodation due to what they describe as a ‘housing shortage’ in the area …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 5 October]

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How Luxury Student Accommodation Conquered Dublin

Posted in Life on October 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Julia Bochenek, a second-year English Literature student at Trinity, is one of the many international students living in one of Dublin’s – and Ireland’s – many deluxe purpose-built student accommodation complexes …” (more)

[Rachel O’Leary, University Times, 5 October]

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€30m 326-bed student complex in Limerick city rejected by An Bord Pleanala

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A €30m proposal to develop a 326-bed student complex in Limerick city has been rejected by An Bord Pleanala for environmental and conservation reasons. Planning permission was sought for the towering development at the site of the former Dan Ryan’s garage at Punches Cross …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 3 October]

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Tallaght village lands zoned for residential development guiding at €5m

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

Ireland“Developers involved in the delivery of student accommodation and apartments for the private rented sector will be interested in a well-located residential site in south Dublin, which has been brought to the market at a guide price of €5 million …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Irish Times, 25 September]

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