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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Half of parents have no money put aside for third-level education costs

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

Ireland“Half of parents say they have no money put aside to meet the cost of third-level education for their children. Parents expect to have to fork out more than €5,000 over a year to send a child to college or university …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 August]

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UCD loses 47 student beds as religious order terminates lease

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin has lost 47 beds from its student residences after the religious order leasing the rooms to the college terminated the arrangement. The accommodation in Muckross Halls, Donnybrook, was owned by the Dominican Order of nuns and leased out to the university to use for student housing …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 21 August]

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Deepening housing crisis may force students to give up courses, says union

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of students face putting their college dreams on hold this autumn due to the housing crisis. The lack of affordable housing is having a devastating impact on third-level students who may have to forgo attending college or university because they can’t find anywhere to live, according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) …” (more)

[Allison Bray, Independent, 19 August]

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UCD Unable to Renew Lease on Muckross Halls Residence

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD has confirmed that the Muckross Halls Residence will no longer be available for students this year after the Dominican Order which owns the site opted against renewing the lease with the university. The off-campus accommodation is located near Marlborough Road in Donnybrook, on a large area of land owned by the Order …” (more)

[College Tribune, 18 August]

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Student housing block held up by ‘opportunistic pay off’ bid

Posted in Governance and administration on August 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“What has been described as an ‘opportunistic bid to secure a substantial pay-off’ is blocking the sale of a site and the development of 350 student bed spaces in Dublin’s Brewery Quarter, the High Court heard today on Thursday …” (more)

[Ray Managh, Irish Times, 17 August]

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A third of students rely on parents or loans to cover the cost of rent, says USI

Posted in Life on August 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than a third of students have no income to cover their rent, which can cost up to €500 a month. A survey from the Union of Students of Ireland (USI) shows that almost 60% of students spend between €256 and €500 a month on accommodation. It also found that 36% do not have the income to cover rent …” (more)

[Charlie Weston, Independent, 15 August]

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Research reveals more than 50% of students spend €500 on rent

Posted in Life on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than half of students are spending up to €500 a month on rent according to new research. The Union of Students in Ireland have found 58% are spending between €256 and €500 a month while 36% have no monthly income to cover the costs …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 14 August]

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Scam warning as ‘desperate’ students seek homes to rent

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There has been a reported spike in rental scams as a new generation of Third Level students desperately searches for accommodation. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and gardaí have issued a warning to those looking for a place to live in advance of the academic year …” (more)

[Gavin White, Independent, 9 August]

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Garda issue warning after €20k deposits paid to rent scammer

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Over €20,000 in deposits was paid to a scammer who pretended to be the landlord of a Dublin property he was about to vacate. The incident was highlighted by gardaí as one of many kinds of fraud in the rental market as they advised students to be careful when hunting for accommodation in the coming weeks …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 August]

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