Students paying up to £1,200 a month for ‘extortionate’ digs

Posted in Life on September 25th, 2009 by steve

UK“As the new term begins for most students, it was disclosed that some undergraduates and postgraduates are paying up to £1,200 a month for accommodation. Rent is believed to have increased by more than two per cent for students in 2009 even though the rental market has been flooded in the recession as homeowners struggle to sell their property …” (more)

[Graeme Paton, Daily Telegraph, 24 September]

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Student residences proposed for €412m Irish Glass Bottle site

Posted in Life on September 21st, 2009 by steve

Ireland“The most expensive site in the history of the state, the €412m Irish Glass Bottle site, could ultimately be used to house up to 1,000 third-level students. The owners of the site in Poolbeg, Dublin, are understood to have expressed an interest in providing about 1,000 bed spaces in student residences for Trinity College Dublin (TCD) on part of the site. The site is owned by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA), developer Bernard McNamara and retired property syndicator Derek Quinlan …” (more)

[Brendan Buck, An Irish Town Planner’s Blog, 21 September]

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Students look for deal with developers on cut-price digs

Posted in Life on August 25th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“College authorities have been urged to approach crisis-hit property developers in a bid to secure cut-price student accommodation and end the blight of so-called ghost estates. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) said cash-strapped developers who are unable to offload the glut of empty apartment buildings and housing estates should consider renting to students. Many empty apartment developments are set to be swallowed up by the new State ‘bad bank’ …” (more)

[Breda Heffernan, Independent, 25 August]

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Landlords forced to compete for student tenants

Posted in Life on August 21st, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Third-level students seeking accommodation in coming weeks can look forward to lower rents and even added incentives as landlords compete to get students into their houses and flats. However the rate at which rents have fallen varies throughout the State. While rents are down about 17 per cent in Dublin, according to students unions, they have fallen only slightly in Sligo, and not at all in locations such as Waterford, to the anger of student representatives there …” (more)

[Kitty Holland, Irish Times, 21 August]


Student rents fall by €1,000 compared to last year

Posted in Life on August 18th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Typical student rents for the coming academic year have fallen by €1,000 compared to last year, according to a ‘back to college special’ snapshot of student accommodation costs by The property website found that the average price paid for most types of typical student accommodation, from single rooms to five-bedroom houses, had fallen by double-digit percentages over the past year …” (more)

[Laura Slattery, Irish Times, 18 August]