Ministers welcome plans to bring forward legislation to provide certainty to families on student accommodation costs

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (Tuesday, 11 December) welcomed the publication of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018 by Minister for Housing, planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD. The Ministers confirmed the intention to outline amendments to the legislation to include rent predictability measures for students living in purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) under licence agreements, and in PBSA let by a public authority, for the first time …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 December]

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NUIGSU lose case against student accommodation provider Cúirt na Coiribe

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“National University of Ireland Galway Students’ Union (NUIGSU) have lost a case brought against private student accommodation provide, Cúirt na Coiribe. The case was filed following a decision to increase rent rates in the accommodation complex. Speaking to Trinity News, NUIGSU President Megan Reilly stated the result was in accordance with what the SU had been expecting …” (more)

[Michael Gilna, Trinity News, 29 November]

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Bill to protect rights of college renters as Dáil hears some students sleep in cars

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin has introduced a Bill to protect the rights of students who are renting. The Residential Tenancies (Student Rents, Rights and Protections) Bill 2018 is aimed at giving clarity on licence agreements for student accommodation …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 22 November]

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USI Calls for Rent Controls on Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today condemned government inaction on a housing crisis that is ‘becoming a significant barrier’ to education, calling for rent regulation in purpose-built student accommodation during an address to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Housing and Planning …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 22 November]

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Committee told students are sleeping in cars due to rental accommodation shortage

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“An Oireachtas committee has been told that students are sleeping in cars, couch-surfing with friends and commuting long hours in order to attend lectures due to the shortage of rental accommodation. That is according to representatives of the Union of Students of Ireland who were before the Oireachtas Housing Committee this morning …” (more)

[Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News, 22 November]

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National Student Accommodation Strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“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 2018 progress report on the National Student Accommodation Strategy …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 21 November]

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USI Launch National Student Housing Survey 2018

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In light of the current National Housing Crisis, the Union of Students in Ireland is calling on all third level students across the country to take part in the 2018 national housing survey, aimed at understanding the student experience of accommodation …” (more)

[USI, 21 November]

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House students in prefabs, DCU chancellor suggested

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Chancellor of Dublin City University (DCU), Dr Martin McAleese, suggested the college consider housing students in prefab accommodation to meet demand. Dr McAleese raised the idea at a governing authority meeting last year in response to the ‘acute shortage of student accommodation’, according to minutes …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 12 November]

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Students are excluded from rent-pressure zones, denying them rent-caps

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The exorbitant price of student accommodation has dominated news headlines every year as students return to university. This summer, both Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin proposed legislation to introduce rent caps on accommodation built purposefully for students …” (more)

[Ekatherina Gillen, University Observer, 8 November]


600 student bed scheme planned for Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Provision of Cork’s largest single student accommodation development, with 600 beds, is promised by a UK-based company, which has just taken over the moth-balled Coca Cola bottling plant by County Hall on the Carrigrohane Road. In its first move into Ireland, UK-based firm Future Generation …” (more)

[Tommy Barker, Irish Examiner, 8 November]

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Developers looking to increase apartments at Lough development

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The developer behind controversial plans to build student apartments at The Lough has entered into talks with An Bord Pleanála to dramatically increase the size of the project. The construction of apartments for 320 student beds at The Lough was approved in August, despite fierce local opposition …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, Evening Echo, 30 October]

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Calling Uninest accommodations ‘luxurious’ is not helping the housing crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Living in premium student accommodation is not above the crisis, but more expensive than necessary for access to basic housing. Please stop calling Kavanagh court and similar housing options ‘luxury’. The term does not help yourself or the students who are struggling in the current housing crisis …” (more)

[Germano Girardelli, Trinity News, 27 October]

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RTÉ Morning Ireland – ‘Third level students living in sub standard accommodation across the country’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Aisling Kenny reports on the shocking standard of accommodation being offered to some students across the country …” (mp3)

[RTÉ – Morning Ireland, 26 October]

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Videos reveal rats on DCU accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Two videos of rats in Larkfield courtyard have been circulating in a DCU Facebook group chat. DCU students, Maeve Fortune and Jane Coleman shared the videos into the residents chat last week. One video shows a rat running in the courtyard and the other shows a rat after being attacked by a magpie …” (more)

[Amy Donohoe, The College View, 19 October]

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USI defends budget response following De Rís criticism

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has denied allegations that its recent housing campaign has pushed its stance against fees to the sidelines, and that it had a weak response to Budget 2019. In an email to Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union President Shane De Rís and other SU sabbatical officers from USI affiliated unions, USI President Síona Cahill outlined that …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 11 October]

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‘I can’t look towards a future here unless rent crisis is sorted’

Posted in Life on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“I moved to Ireland from India to study a Masters in UCD because this country had been sold as a land of opportunity and there are many positives here. But the quality of life here isn’t good due to high rent and lack of homes. I spend 30% of my salary on rent …” (more)

[Shashank Kumar, Independent, 11 October]

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USI say 6,000 third level students protested in ‘Raise the Roof’ rally in Dublin City

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Member unions of the Union of Students Ireland (USI), along with UCDSU, marched on Leinster House today in protest of the national housing and homelessness crisis. Beginning at the Garden of Remembrance, student unions from all over the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland gathered together to call for radical change in housing legislation and tenant’s rights, before the Dáil vote next week …” (more)

[Dylan O’Neill, University Observer, 3 October]

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3,000 Students March as Housing Protests Escalate

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As anger over the housing crisis intensifies, students from all over the country descended on the Garden of Remembrance this morning to march for better housing, ahead of the national Raise the Roof rally …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 3 October]

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Higher Planning Authority Recommends Further Consideration Of NUIG Housing Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway needs to further consider or amend its plans for new student accommodation at the college’s northern campus before it submits a full planning application. That’s the opinion of An Bord Pleanála …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 28 September]

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Trinity students have week’s rent refunded in unfinished luxury accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students living in the luxury student accommodation complex, the Tramshed and the Woodworks in Point Village, have been refunded a week’s worth of rent due to ongoing construction work. Trinity News has learned that the student accommodation complex, which costs €230 per week and is run by the British company Host, was still under construction when students arrived …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch and Ciaran Sunderland, Trinity News, 27 September]

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