Students scramble for a place to stay amid soaring rents

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The chronic shortage of student accommodation means new units coming on stream next year will cost as much as €920 a month to rent. The number of student bed spaces in the capital has failed to match the rise in student numbers, according to new research from estate agents …” (more)

[Charlie Weston, Independent, 15 May]


Fury over student Lough house plans

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

Ireland“Student developments are suffocating residential areas of the city and choking the life out of once-vibrant parishes and communities, it has been claimed. Residents of The Lough parish have said they are incensed over plans to erect a four storey student apartment block in the area …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 13 May]

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Call to put student housing in Cork City on hold

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

Ireland“There have been calls for a halt on the development of student accommodation in residential areas of Cork City until a coherent planning policy on such projects is adopted. Cllr John Buttimer (FG), who said allowing large-scale student housing in certain residential areas was like ‘ethnic cleansing’ and was ‘choking and suffocating traditional residential communities’, said a temporary ban on planning decisions on these schemes is vital to prevent a ‘developer-led free-for-all’ …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 10 May]

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Developers lodge student apartment plans for Square Deal site

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

Ireland“The company behind the planned conversion of the old Square Deal building on Washington Street into student apartments have described the plan as a ‘landmark development in the city centre’. The former furniture shop is a protected structure but will be transformed internally into a 242-bed student apartment block, close the both University College Cork and the city centre …” (more)

[David Linnane, Evening Echo, 8 May]

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Communities ‘ethnically cleansed’ by student housing in Cork

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

Ireland“A 348-bed student apartment complex up to five storeys high is set to go ahead in Cork’s western suburbs after councillors voted to materially contravene the city development plan. They voted by a margin of 25-3 for the move following a lengthy debate during last night’s city council meeting, in which the spate of student apartment development in the city was described as a form of ‘ethnic cleansing’ of existing residential communities …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 9 May]

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Student residence developers set to drive forward Dyke Road project

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

Ireland“Developers of student accommodation are set to drive forward the construction of a new concert hall, library headquarters and multi-storey carpark on the Dyke Road. The Galway City Tribune understands that bed spaces for hundreds of students could be provided on the site – which would be linked to the NUI Galway campus by a pedestrian and cycle bridge …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 28 April]

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DCC’s decision on student units defies any logic

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

Ireland“A couple of weeks ago, Dublin City Council sent back two planning applications for student accommodation near the new DIT Grangegorman campus in Dublin 7. Combined, the two private developments would have added about 1,000 new purpose-built student units. In justifying its decision, the council made two interesting – ok, baffling – points …” (more)

[Ronan Lyons, Independent, 24 April]

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‘Student apartments would suck the life out of residential areas’, says Cork councillor

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

Ireland“Plans for a spate of student apartments could strangle traditional residential areas of Cork City. The warning comes from Independent councillor Mick Finn after city planners gave conditional planning for a scheme which could accommodate up to 350 students on a site off Magazine Rd. The proposal for almost 50 student apartments near Denroche’s Cross, was cleared despite residents’ and local councillors’ objections …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 14 April]

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‘Stugentrification’: People are concerned about the thousands of student apartments being built in Dublin city

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

Ireland“Tommy Graham has lived in Palmerston Place on the outskirts of Dublin’s north inner city for the past 15 years. As editor of the History Ireland magazine and one of the people behind Historical Walking Tours of Dublin, Graham knows his street and surrounding area well …” (more)

[, 9 April]


Student beds in Dublin only cater for 13% of students

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of student bed spaces in the capital has failed to match the rise in student numbers in Dublin, according to new research from Knight Frank. It says the numbers of full-time students in Dublin has risen by 34% over the past 10 years and that the market for student accommodation is now ‘structurally under-supplied’ …” (more)

[Justin Comiskey, Irish Times, 5 April]


TCDSU Promises to House On-Campus Students Affected by Luas Disturbance

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) has promised to accommodate on-campus students elsewhere who are particularly affected by the ongoing nighttime Luas works outside Trinity, a source of much-complaint from residents …” (more)

[Róisín Power and Dominic McGrath, University Times, 2 April]

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Phase II of Dublin’s New Mill Student Accommodation a go

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

Ireland“A joint venture between Harrison Street Real Estate Capital (‘Harrison Street’) and Global Student Accommodation Group (‘GSA’), has just announced plans to develop phase II of its New Mill student housing project in Dublin …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 30 March]


Maynooth and Cobh added to 4% rent cap list

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

Ireland“Maynooth in Co Kildare and Cobh in Co Cork have been added to the growing list of residential areas where rent increases are capped by law. Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said the latest Residential Tenancies Board ‘Rent Index’ identified the towns as ‘Rental Pressure Zones’, where rents were above average and rising rapidly …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 March]

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Council’s ‘Not in my Back Yard’ Stance Over DIT Treats Students as Wind Turbines

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The concerns expressed this week by Dublin City Council regarding two proposed student accommodation developments near the Dublin Institute of Technology’s (DIT) Grangegorman campus are disappointing and troubling for students. The council seems less than enthusiastic about two planned developments on Prussia St and the North Circular Road which would house between them almost 1,000 students …” (more)

[University Times, 26 March]

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Revealed: Inside the accommodation where 60 students share four fridges, toilets are blocked and rent increased by 38%

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students at a Dublin university claim they are living in squalid conditions despite seeing their rent increase by 38% this academic year. An undercover investigation reveals that 60 students are sharing each of four houses at St Patrick’s College in Drumcondra, on Dublin city’s northside …” (more)

[Hayley Halpin, Independent, 25 March]

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Dublin City Council orders redesign of DIT Grangegorman student accommodation

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

Ireland“Development plans to increase student accommodation near the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Grangegorman campus have been criticised by Dublin City Council (DCC). The council has rejected two development plans and requested their redesign, arguing they could cause disruption for residents and commuters in the area …” (more)

[Conn de Barra, Trinity News, 23 March]

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Student Accommodation: Private Purpose Built Units

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

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the disparity between rents being charged in private purpose built student accommodation (details supplied) and the average rent which DIT estimate students currently pay, which is €348 per month; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 March]

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Dublin planners raise concerns over DIT student digs

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

Ireland“Dublin City Council has raised ‘serious concerns’ about the potential overconcentration of student accommodation surrounding the new DIT Grangegorman campus. Council planners have sent two major schemes, which would provide housing for almost 1,000 students within a few minutes’ walk of the campus …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 20 March]

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GSA tapping rich vein with its Irish student housing schemes

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

Ireland“With an estimated 40,000 third-level students competing for accommodation in Dublin’s private rental sector annually, the potential importance of purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) should be obvious to the Government and anyone else with an interest in addressing the capital’s housing crisis …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Independent, 12 March]


Plan for 400 student beds on track for September

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“International student accommodation company GSA is on target to deliver its latest 400-bed development in Dublin. The €41 million development is the next phase of an agreement between GSA and Chicago-based real estate private equity firm Harrison Street Real Estate Capital to invest €250 million in student accommodation in Dublin over the next five years …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 10 March]