Students spend up to 30 hours a week commuting

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Lorna Fitzpatrick, USI president, tells us how students are spending up to 30 hours a week commuting to college because they can’t afford the high cost of accommodation …” (podcast)

[RTÉ – This Week, 25 August]

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Third-level students facing expensive, long commutes as rents rise

Posted in Life on August 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“When Adrasteia Hughes accepted her offer of a place studying sociology and linguistics at UCD, she had no idea of just how draining the daily commute would be. She spends up to four hours each day on buses and trains in rush-hour traffic to get from her home in Co Kildare to the campus at Belfield and back again …” (more)

[Lynn Rusk and Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 17 August]

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Varadkar suggests it could ‘make sense’ to extend Metro to UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has suggested it could be ‘make sense’ to extend the MetroLink line to UCD and on to Sandyford in future years. His remarks came as he was challenged in the Dáil on the current plan for the Metro Line to stop at Charlemont in the south city and the abandonment of the proposal to continue it along the existing Luas Green Line to Sandyford …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 26 March]

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New Dublin bus route finally connects the capital’s universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The fact that there was no bus that directly connected UCD, Trinity, DIT and DCU, had been the bane of students’ life in the capital for decades, but the newest Dublin Bus route finally resolves the third level bugbear. Until today there were no direct routes between the universities, other than the number 11, which is accessible only by a hike to Clonskeigh Road at the edge of UCD’s 330 acres …” (more)

[Mícheál Ó Scannáil, Independent, 24 March]

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Student Commuters Are Often Left in the Lurch

Posted in Life on March 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“As we partake in the annual trudge towards the end of the season of bleak and bleary weather, students across Trinity are gritting their teeth and persevering through the last of the dark and dreary mornings in anticipation of the inevitable radiance of exam season …” (more)

[Cian Crowe, University Times, 2 March]

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1 in 3 Galway students commuting to college this year

Posted in Life on November 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A recent survey published in the Connacht Tribune shows that 1 in 3 students are commuting to college in Galway. The survey was carried out with students of NUI Galway and Galway–Mayo Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Cathriona Coleman, SIN, 11 November]

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‘It is dreadful’ – meet the students travelling up to six hours a day just to go to college

Posted in Life on June 18th, 2018 by steve

“As the price of rent continues to rise, more and more students are choosing to commute long distances to college every day. From studying to socialising, the life of a student can be busy and jam-packed. While many can go straight home nearby after lectures to cook and sleep, other students face a two to three-hour bus journey back home …” (more)

[Rachel Farrell, Independent, 17 June]

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UCD receive over €400,000 from parking permits

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“UCD have received €413,795.60 net revenue from the sale of parking permits from August 2015 to September 2016. This does not include the €125,057.73 revenue from parking meters from September 2015 to August 2016. The permits were introduced last year to ‘to ensure that car parking is only used by members of the University community and as a means of controlling demand’ according to UCD commuting services …” (more)

[Roisin Guyett-Nicholson, University Observer, 29 November]

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Insurance crisis for commuting students

Posted in Life on September 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The accommodation crisis currently sweeping through Ireland’s third level students means that for some, commuting to college from their family home via car or public transport is the only viable option. ‘Commuter culture’ often has the effect of creating a 9-5 way of life in universities, meaning students are regularly forced to miss out on activities offered after lectures end …” (more)

[Michelle Beazley, Irish Times, 29 September]

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75% of UCD students and staff either walk, cycle or use public transport to get there

Posted in Life on January 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Three quarters of University College Dublin (UCD) students and staff either walk, cycle or use public transport to get to Belfield, it has emerged …” (more)

[Sorcha Corcoran, Business and Leadership, 27 January]

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Education, the 21st Century and Traffic

Posted in Life on October 8th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Crawling through Ballymun today it occurred to me how little has changed despite ‘The 21st Century’. As the economy recovers there is a noticeable increase in traffic volumes especially at rush hour …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 8 October]

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