Technological Universities – Borrowing

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

IrelandEoin Ó Broin (Dublin Mid West, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to allow technical universities to access borrowing for the provision of purpose built student specific accommodation …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 July]

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Towering Limerick student halls project ‘could open by 2021’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A multi-million euro plan for student accommodation on the edge of the city could be completed by the year after next, developers have predicted. Cloncarra Investments has formally sought permission from An Bord Pleanala under new fast-track planning laws, which will see the delivery of new housing developments sped through the system …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 4 July]

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President of NUIG Students’ Union issues appeal to homeowners following new short term letting legislation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of the NUIG Students’ Union is appealing to homeowners in Galway to rent out rooms in a bid to deal with the ongoing crisis in student accommodation. The appeal follows the introduction of new regulations for short-term letting which came into force this week …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 2 July]

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Student Accommodation

Posted in Life on June 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dr Brian Gormley, Head of Campus Life at TU Dublin City Campus, speaks to Mary about how the housing crisis impacts student life” (mp3).

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 26 June]

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College will cost an average of €12,171 for students living away from home as experts share tips for big savings

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Going to college will cost an average of €12,171 in the upcoming academic year, for students living away from home, but there are big savings to be made by going for the ‘digs’ accommodation option. Students can save up to €378 a month by living with a host family rather than in rented accommodation, according to the Technological University (TU) Dublin annual Cost of Living guide …” (more)

[Independent, 24 June]

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NUI Galway Gets Green Light for 674 New Beds

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

Ireland“NUI Galway has received planning permission for a new 674-bed student accommodation complex worth an estimated €23 million …” (more)

[Rachel O’Leary, University Times, 22 June]

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674 bedroom student accommodation development gets planning approval

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A massive student student accommodation project in Dangan with an estimated value of €23 million has been granted planning approval. NUI Galway applied directly to An Bord Pleanála for permission to build four blocks of student accommodation with 125 apartments at the Northern Campus in Dangan …” (more)

[Briain Kelly, Galway Daily, 21 June]

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The Irish Universities Association called the government’s decision to reject its request for an exemption to rent caps ‘disappointing’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s universities have insisted that the huge rent increases faced by students in recent years ‘have been in privately owned accommodation’ rather than college-owned rooms, defending their decision to lobby for an exemption to new legislation that will impose rent caps on purpose-built student accommodation. In an email statement to The University Times …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 20 June]

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Plan for more student accommodation in city’s West End

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

Ireland“Stagrock Limited is seeking planning permission for the demolition of houses at Munster Avenue to be replaced with a student accommodation building. It would be 3 to 4 storeys high with a caretaker apartment, 73 single bedrooms …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 20 June]

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Penthouse unit in Cork student accommodation with ‘Instagramable views’ on offer for 10k a year

Posted in Life on June 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Almost half of all the rooms in Cork city’s largest student apartment complex, where €10,000-a-year penthouse units boast ‘seriously Instagramable views’ of the city, have been snapped up ahead of the new academic term …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 19 June]

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Cork student accommodation to reopen after €25m upgrade

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A 265-room property for students in Co Cork will open this week after having undergone an extensive €25 million upgrade. The property at Copley Street in Cork city is controlled by Hatch Student Living with financial backing from Elkstone, a multi-family office based in Dublin …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 17 June]

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‘It’s 5 ft 6 so I could lie exactly width-wise in it’: This art student has created a replica of her student flat

Posted in Life on June 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin’s National College of Art and Design (NCAD) are looking at the housing crisis and Brexit for inspiration with their art and design work. Their showcase will display work from 225 emerging artists and designers, with social issues like migration and climate change also being explored …” (more, video)

[, 8 June]

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‘If it wasn’t for college friends giving me couch, I’d have slept in the park’

Posted in Life on May 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Two 22-year-old DCU students have spoken about their experiences with ‘couch-surfing’ as a way to get through the academic year without paying extortionate rents. A student from Co Mayo found himself effectively homeless last summer after his accommodation fell through …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 25 May]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcomes the delivery of rent predictability measures for students living in student specific accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (24 May 2019) welcomed the signing into law by the President of the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Bill 2018, which ensures that student-specific accommodation let under licence is included under existing Rent Pressure Zones …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 May]

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Students from Brazil lost €1,750 on rental scam, Threshold says

Posted in Legal issues on May 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Housing charity Threshold has warned students to be cautious of bogus rental adverts, as part of a new ‘Scamwatch’ campaign. The charity, which provides support to tenants, has come across several cases where students from overseas lost money on rental scams. In two recent cases the charity dealt with students from Brazil who had been defrauded of €1,750, paid over in rent for a tenancy that did not exist …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 23 May]

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Almost 2,500 student beds being developed in Cork as a fresh application is lodged with City Hall

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

Ireland“More than 2,000 student apartment bed spaces are currently under construction or planned in Cork. A fresh planning application lodged this week for another development will add a further 174 bed spaces if approved. Kevin Lynch has lodged plans for an eight-storey building on the site of the former Kelleher’s Tyre premises on the Victoria Road …” (more)

[Alan Healy, EchoLive, 14 May]

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Vast majority of new student beds built in Dublin

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

Ireland“Just seven purpose-built student beds have been completed in Limerick since the launch of the government’s Rebuilding Ireland strategy in 2016. A new progress update issued by the Department of Education and Skills shows that the vast majority of new student beds have been built in Dublin …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 8 May]

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National Student Accommodation Strategy

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

Ireland“6,362 PBSA Bed Spaces Completed by end Q1, 2019. Continued Progress towards Student Accommodation Goals. 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 Q1 2019 progress report on the National Student Accommodation Strategy …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 8 May]

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More student housing planned close to Grangegorman campus

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

Ireland“A housing complex for more than 140 students has been proposed for a site close to the Grangegorman university campus, in Stoneybatter, Dublin, previously designated for 40 standard residential apartments. The five-storey development beside Tommy O’Gara’s pub on Manor Street would bring the number of students living within half a kilometre of the TU Dublin campus (formerly DIT) to more than 5,500, twice the number of permanent residents …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 8 May]

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Cork’s largest student apartment development is granted planning permission

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans for Cork’s largest student apartment development has been granted planning permission. London company Future Generation has plans to build a flagship, 600-bed accommodation scheme on the former Coca-Cola bottling site on the Carrigrohane Straight Road …” (more)

[Alan Healy, EchoLive, 6 May]

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