City student accommodation provider wants option to rent to tourists

Posted in Governance and administration on September 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The owners of a building, which is set to become student accommodation in the city centre, is hoping to change condition of planning permission. An Bord Pleanála granted permission for the student accommodation at the Webworks building at Fairgreen Road earlier this year …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 7 September]

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Accommodation at Marino Institute ‘neither clean nor liveable’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Student accommodation at Marino Institute of Education in Dublin has been described as ‘neither clean nor liveable’. Niall O’Donovan, welfare officer of the college’s student union, said it is experiencing ‘a huge volume of complaints’ from students living in the Ziggurat student accommodation in Marino …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 5 September]

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Can you afford new ‘luxury’ student accommodation?

Posted in Life on September 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Student accommodation might conjure up images of grotty homes with mildewed curtains and questionable electrics. Now, a new breed of purpose-built luxury student accommodation is on the way, kitted out with flat-screen TVs, ensuite bathrooms and access to communal cinemas and gyms …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Éanna Ó Caollaí and Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 31 August]

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Concerns over purpose-built student housing in Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on August 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Concern has been raised by business leaders about moves that could restrict the provision of badly-needed student accommodation in Dublin city centre. Councillors will get a report from planning officials soon before voting on the proposal that could make it harder to get permission for purpose-built student housing …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 August]

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Moves to restrict student housing must be opposed – Ibec

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today called on Government to oppose and prevent measures under consideration by Dublin City Council to restrict student accommodation. The proposal seeks to provide planning authorities with an additional basis to oppose the building of student accommodation …” (more)

[Ibec, 29 August]

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Just When is Accommodation Going to Become a Real Priority for Universities?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As the accommodation crisis morphs from a calamity into a permanent feature of Irish cities, the inadequacy of Irish universities’ attempts to solve the problem are becoming more and more apparent. The crisis, which is showing little sign of relenting, has become an annual talking point in the media. High rents, exploitative landlords and the latest innovation all take up column inches as politicians and universities offer the latest pithy advice to students fretting about finding a home for college …” (more)

[University Times, 27 August]

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Colleges see surge of interest from homeowners over student ‘digs’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Colleges have reported a surge of interest among homeowners interested in renting rooms out to students in light of the crisis in accommodation. Minister for Education Richard Bruton and Minister of State with responsibility for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor last week appealed to householders to consider ‘digs’ as an accommodation option …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 28 August]

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Student accommodation crisis: our school-leavers deserve better

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The receipt of an offer for a college course should be a time of celebration for school-leavers. Instead, students planning to study away from home are facing into a period of stress and uncertainty. The crisis in housing supply, along with soaring rents, means many do not have access to affordable accommodation …” (more)

[Irish Times, 25 August]

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‘Digs’ are best solution to housing crisis – Bruton

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

Ireland“Old fashioned ‘digs’ are the best short-term solution to the student housing crisis, the Education Minister has said. As the scramble for accommodation continues, Richard Bruton urged more householders to consider renting out a room to a third-level student …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 24 August]

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Proposal for floating student accommodation met with cautious optimism by USI

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

Ireland“As Ireland’s accommodation shortage rages on, the national students’ union has reacted with cautious optimism to the innovative proposal of one property management company: floating accommodation on two barges in Galway …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 23 August]

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High-end barges to help house students left at sea in the accommodation crisis

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

Ireland“A Galway-based letting agency is planning to use high-end barges to accommodate hundreds of students who are unable to find somewhere to live. The housing crisis has prompted Winters Property Management to engage with harbour authorities and the owners of large-scale, multi-storey ships in a bid to provide a rapid solution to the rental squeeze …” (more)

[Charlie Weston, Independent, 23 August]

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‘Students left with nothing once rent is paid’

Posted in Life on August 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than a quarter of college students will be broke once their rent is paid this year, according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). An online survey conducted for the USI earlier this year found 29% of third-level students do not have an income exceeding €500 a month, even though 58% of students expect to pay between €251 and €500 a month in accommodation costs …” (more)

[Allison Bray, Independent, 23 August]

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Morality clauses and disciplinary fines: student rules for living on campus

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

Ireland“Living in on-campus residences run by the university is one option for student accommodation, and nearly all of Ireland’s universities want to build more campus accommodation to meet the expected growth in demand …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 23 August]

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Thousands on university campus accommodation waiting lists

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

Ireland“The cost to students of on-campus accommodation has increased markedly in recent years across all seven universities, with students in Dublin universities seeing the largest rise. Thousands of students are on waiting lists for campus rooms, with nearly all college accommodation fully booked up …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 23 August]

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‘Floating’ accommodation for students being explored in Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Galway property management company is currently exploring the possibility of providing ‘floating’ accommodation for university students. Winters Property management says it could have two barges with space for more than 400 students docked in Galway in ‘three weeks’ – but acknowledges that it could be next year before permissions are secured …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 22 August]

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Solving the third level education crisis

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“We spoke to Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education with special responsibility for Higher Education. Keelin Shanley began by asking her how concerned she is about where all of those students are going to live” (audio).

[RTÉ – News at One, 22 August]

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No hot water or proper heating – Student housing exposed

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Significant numbers of students are being hit with unexpected rent hikes and living in accommodation without hot water or proper heating, a study has found, writes Niall Murray. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is calling for more publicly supplied, purpose-built student accommodation and better protections for tenants in private accommodation …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 22 August]

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Thousands of students begin scramble for rooms as rent crisis bites

Posted in Life on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students face the prospect of missing out on their dream courses in college because of a chronic shortage of rental accommodation. The rental squeeze is at its worst in Dublin, and students whose families do not live in the capital will struggle. But across all of our major cities, rental costs have hit a new high – for the fifth quarter in a row …” (more)

[Charlie Weston, Independent, 22 August]

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Irish students are super-confident of landing a job. Finding somewhere to live is another matter

Posted in Life on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The struggle to find somewhere to live has replaced a despondency about finding a job as the biggest bugbear for Irish students. A new survey by the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) has found that third-level undergraduates are far more confident of finding a job than their 2011 counterparts …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 22 August]

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Students had to use accommodation for the homeless

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Some students are ending up sleeping on friends’ couches, floors or in cars due to difficulties sourcing affordable accommodation, according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). A survey of more than 3,500 students by USI has found that almost 40 students were unable to secure accommodation and had to rely on friends or emergency accommodation for homeless people …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Jack Power, Irish Times, 22 August]

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