Approval for student housing to free up rental spaces

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

Ireland“Two student accommodation schemes given planning permission in Dublin could free up rental space for almost 500 people in the capital. Almost 200 students may be accommodated near Dublin Institute of Technology’s growing Grangegorman campus. The latest Daft.ie figures show average rents jumped nearly 15% in Dublin last year, reaching €1,664 a month for a three-bed house …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 February]

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Student Accommodation – National Strategy

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

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of meetings he has had with relevant parties in developing the national student accommodation strategy, which was assigned to his Department under the rebuilding Ireland housing plan, action 4.7, to be delivered in quarter 2 2017; the name of each person he has met in developing the strategy; the organisation each represented; and the date the meeting took place …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 February]

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Students Renting Houses Is Becoming A Thing Of The Past

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

Ireland“Buying a home is not for the average person anymore. According to Daft.ie, the housing marketing is currently struggling due to poor supply, while the rental market continues to soar. The market is in such a bad state that students renting homes are becoming a thing of the past. Students just simply can’t afford the high prices of rent or struggle to find suitable accommodation …” (more)

[Daniel Keating, Campus.ie, 16 February]

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On-campus accommodation prices set to increase more than originally planned

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

Ireland“Despite stating otherwise last October, UCD Students’ Union President Conor Viscardi has admitted that on-campus accommodation price increases will be higher than expected …” (more)

[Martin Healy, University Observer, 16 February]

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Grangegorman residents fear planned student blocks

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

Ireland“Apartment blocks for almost 8,000 students are planned or under way in the north inner city, with more than half of those within 500 metres of the new Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) campus at Grangegorman, figures show. If all of the 23 proposed apartment complexes are built, one third of all the student bedspaces the Higher Education Authority says are required to meet the national shortfall of 25,000 would be in Dublin’s north inner city …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Belfast’s Holyland: ‘Magaluf-type party land’ for students

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

“Debate rages as to whether the south Belfast area densely populated by students is called the Holyland or the Holylands, but what is unanimously agreed is that antisocial behaviour has been an issue there for many years. Holyland resident Bríd Ruddy has lived in the area …” (more)

[Amanda Ferguson, Irish Times, 13 February]

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In Trying to Secure Student Accommodation, Universities Face a Multitude of Challenges

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

Ireland“For many students, finding suitable accommodation is a plight they face year on year. This is largely as a result of a wider housing crisis currently affecting everyone, from those looking for social housing to renters looking for affordable accommodation in the private rental market, including students …” (more)

[Simon Foy, University Times, 11 February]

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A major US property firm wants to add ‘a few thousand’ student beds in Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“US real estate giant Hines is hoping to build up a portfolio of thousands of student beds in the Dublin market over the next few years. The head of the company’s Irish operations, Brian Moran, told Fora he believes that there has recently been a cultural shift towards student housing in Ireland …” (more)

[Paul O’Donoghue, Fora, 10 February]

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Westwood to close next year to make way for 400 student beds

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The well-known Westwood Hotel in Newcastle will close its doors next year to make way for the development of 400 student accommodation bed spaces. Hotelier and publican Terry Sweeney has sold the business to a UK investment fund which specialises in student accommodation – it will continue to operate as a hotel until early 2018 …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 10 February]

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Galway firm to build 429 bed student accommodation at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Galway contractor JJ Rhatigan has been selected to build a new 429 bed student accommodation block at NUI Galway. The Salthill-headquartered firm will design and build the accommodation, and works are now underway …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 8 February]

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Dublin 8 student resident scheme granted permission

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Planning permission has just been secured from Dublin City Council for a 308-bed student accommodation facility at the corner of Brown Street and Brickfield Lane in Dublin 8 …” (more)

[Justin Comiskey, Irish Times, 31 January]

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If Politicians Still Can’t See the Value of Students to Ireland, Perhaps They Never Will

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

Ireland“Berating the construction industry for focusing on a group that will give greater reward for less effort suggests a lack of understanding of the unsustainable state of the rental market …” (more)

[University Times, 22 January]

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€5m Square Deal for student flats

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

Ireland“The city looks set to welcome yet another large-scale student development, following the successful €5m sale of a vacant building on Washington Street. The sizeable 0.8-acre site is currently home to what used to be the Square Deal Interiors furniture store …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 20 January]

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Student Accommodation New Gold Rush For The Construction Industry

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

Ireland“The construction industry has begun to go crazy again. Since the foundation of the State there has never been more than than 100 units of student accommodation in my constituency of Dublin Central. But in the last two years alone, 3,300 units have received planning permission and most are under construction ….” (more)

[Labour Party, 17 January]

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Student flats by UCC approved

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Plans to build apartments for nearly 200 students near University College Cork have been approved. Although its own inspector recommended turning down the project, An Bord Pleanála upheld Cork City Council’s decision of last August to give planning permission. The development is to be built on a former service station site on Lancaster Quay, but one of the six storeys must be left out …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 January]

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Hines enters Irish student housing market

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Hines has expanded its student housing portfolio from the UK to Ireland with the acquisition of four prime assets in the centre of Dublin on behalf of a group of German pension funds …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 21 December]

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TCD gets go-ahead for €50m student accommodation plan

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has received a major boost in its bid to address the student accommodation crisis in the capital. This follows Dublin City Council giving the go-ahead for a €50m development for student accommodation on the city centre campus …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 17 December]

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Trinity to Reassess Accommodation Approach, Following Failure to Acquire Numerous Dublin Sites

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is to reassess its approach to accommodation, following its failure over the last two years to acquire at least five properties across Dublin that would have delivered hundreds of beds for students. The sites that were under consideration included …” (more)

[Dillon Hennessy, University Times, 15 December]

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GSA Granted Planning Permission for 571 Bed Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dublin is to receive a boost to its Student Accommodation Stock as it has been announced that GSA, a global student accommodation provider, have been granted planning permission for the construction of 21,000m2 of student accommodation and 3,700m2 of retail space at Brunswick Street in Dublin 7 …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 15 December]

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USI Welcomes the Strategy for the Rental Sector

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“USI welcomed the Strategy for the Rental Sector published on December 13th by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. The strategy focuses on four key areas: security, supply, standards and service. USI believe that the document is the first and important step towards affordable and secure rental accommodation in Ireland – but believes that there is still more to be done on the issue of student and purpose built accommodation …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 14 December]

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