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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UCC staff asked to rent rooms to students

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCC staff members are being asked to consider offering up spare rooms for rent as over 40 UCC students remain without accommodation into the second week of the academic year. The college’s accommodation centre confirmed that 20 first years and over 20 postgraduate students are staying in short-term accommodation …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, BreakingNews.ie, 24 September]

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USI’s Absence from Saturday’s O’Connell Bridge Action Suggests It’s Out of Touch

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Scrolling through social media on Saturday, any young person would quickly have become aware of the angry protestors blocking traffic on either side of O’Connell Bridge, demanding better housing in Ireland for the umpteenth time. If you were keeping up with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) on Instagram, however, you would have noticed the national students’ union documenting the travails of officers as they sat comfortably in a classroom undergoing steward training for the upcoming National March for Housing …” (more)

[University Times, 24 September]

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USI Stages Protest Outside Private Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today protested outside private purpose-built student accommodation as part of the national day of action organised by Take Back the City. Students’ union officers gathered outside the Aparto student complex, Dorset Point, today to protest high-cost private student accommodation …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 22 September]

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Students protest over price of apartments

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

Ireland“Students in Cork have claimed they are being used as ‘cash cows’ for private developers who are charging up to €9,000 a year for a box room. Students from University College Cork (UCC) and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) turned out yesterday to protest against both the lack of student accommodation in Cork, and the price of the accommodation that is available …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 21 September]

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‘Fraudulent landlord’: Student rental scam in Limerick referred to tenancy authorities

Posted in Legal issues on September 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A University of Limerick student was operating as a fraudulent landlord and scamming his fellow students, the Limerick Leader has learned. Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) proceedings have been taken after several students’ cases were referred to the body. A number of students have not yet been refunded their deposits …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 21 September]

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Student Accommodation and Housing Crisis

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

Ireland“‘Accommodation’ – It’s that abominable word that’s on every student’s tongue. It’s an inconvenience for those who can afford it, and it’s a truly daunting task for those who cannot keep up with the ruthless property market and its high prices. What are the government doing to help students out? …” (more)

[College Tribune, 21 September]

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GMIT and NUIG Student Unions Lobby City Council’s Housing SPC about the Accommodation Crisis

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

Ireland“The GMIT and NUIG Student Unions have lobbied the City Council Housing SPC about the accommodation crisis. The Student Unions met with city councillors to highlight the need for more purpose built student accommodation …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 20 September]

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Student accommodation firm with Irish project installed ‘unsafe’ balconies in Sweden

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A Swedish student accommodation prodiver with plans to bring 700 bed spaces on to the Irish market at their site in Sandyford has built balconies which are unsafe and not fit for purpose at a student accommodation development in Stockholm …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 18 September]

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Student accommodation rent caps are too little, too late

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In the midst of ludicrously high rent prices and rising homelessness on the streets of Dublin, conjoined with exponential population growth in the city centre, the cries for solutions to the housing crisis in Dublin have reached a fever pitch. For students and citizens alike, the cost of living in Dublin has become untenable and pressure has been placed on the government to react as soon as possible …” (more)

[Eoin O’Donnell, Trinity News, 16 September]

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Trinity international students suffer health problems from mouldy apartment in Kavanagh Court

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Two international students living in Kavanagh Court have suffered health problems due to mould growing in their apartment according to the Irish Independent. The claims emerged this morning when the Irish Independent published images showing the extent of the mould …” (more)

[Ciaran Sunderland, University Times, 15 September]

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Accommodation crisis has reached ‘peak’ according to SU President

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway Students’ Union president, Megan Reilly, told SIN this week that the student accommodation crisis has reached ‘peak point’. The comments come ahead of the union’s upcoming ‘Crisis Campout’ protest, which is being planned in conjunction with Galway Mayo Institute of Technology’s Students’ Union and the One Galway initiative …” (more)

[Graham Gillespie, SIN, 13 September]

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Students to protest over ‘breaking point’ rent levels

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students will next week protest outside a new student accommodation building in Cork over the housing crisis and its impact on those pursuing third-level education. The joint demonstration by UCC and CIT students’ unions will follow a separate housing protest set to take place in Cork tomorrow …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 14 September]

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The housing crisis is also a crisis of student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In either Galway campus you will hear stories of students commuting from other counties, couch-surfing, and hostel stays …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 13 September]

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Around the Country, Students Get Creative to Fight for Housing

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Student activists have had a hectic few years. Between the momentous victories that were the referendums on same-sex marriage and the eighth amendment, to Trinity students’ bold resistance of supplemental fees, student movements have recently seen unprecedented success. Since the repeal campaign reached its climax back in May, students have turned their attention to the next big issue: accommodation …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 10 September]

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Student Unions to Highlight Galway’s Rental Crisis in Eyre Square Sleepout

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The GMIT and NUIG Student Unions, along with the One Galway Initiative will hold a Crisis Campout on Eyre Square tomorrow to highlight a critical shortage of student accommodation in the city …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 10 September]

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College students still flock to €750-a-month room … where six months’ rent must be paid upfront

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Just days before the latest bunch of first years arrive at third-level campuses across the country, there is a steady flow of teenagers and parents to Michael Hogan’s house. The landlord has two rental properties in Limerick. One is already let for the upcoming academic year and Mr Hogan was busy when the Sunday Independent visited him last Thursday during an open viewing at his second house …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 9 September]

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Rental scam targets students

Posted in Legal issues, Life on September 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – I recently encountered a scam that requires highlighting. The demand for accommodation in towns and cities that house third-level institutions has left parents, desperate for suitable accommodation for their children commencing their college life, vulnerable to this scam …” (more)

[John Connolly, Irish Times, 10 September]

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DITSU Condemns Rising Accommodation Prices

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

Ireland“Dublin Institute of Technology Students’ Union (DITSU) has condemned the rising cost of accommodation in Dublin, refusing to advertise private student complexes online or on campus. In a press statement, DITSU President Pierre Yimbog said …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 7 September]

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