Concern over student accommodation in Letterkenny

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“There’s concern that while a Technological University is hugely positive for Donegal and the North West, accommodation for students could prove difficult in the time ahead …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 29 October]

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Answers sought from UL over student accommodation crisis and reduction in private car use

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is being urged to engage with elected members of Limerick City and County regarding its plans to deal with the student accommodation crisis and to reduce the use of private cars within its staff and student population …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 21 October]

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Campus Return Sparks Commuting Hell

Posted in Life on October 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Last month marked the return to students to the UCD campus. It also coincided with the return of full capacity public transport and the carnage that is commuting to UCD. Anxiety struck me last week as I approached the N11 bus stop heading towards town at 4 pm …” (more)

[Conor Paterson, College Tribune, 10 October]

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University runs a 200km-roundtrip for students who can’t find a place to stay

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“One of the country’s top universities has had to organise a more than 200km round-trip commuter bus due to the student accommodation crisis. Maynooth University said it has on-campus accommodation for 1,170 students, but this is ‘heavily oversubscribed’ and fully booked …” (more)

[Luke Byrne, Independent, 27 September]

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Students on campus for handful of days ‘opting to commute’

Posted in Life on September 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Many students who are on campus for just three days a week are opting to commute long distances to college rather than pay for housing, according to an accommodations officer at Munster Technological University (MTU) in Cork …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Times, 23 September]

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College students commuting up to four hours because of accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Unaffordable accommodation has resulted in record levels of homelessness among students who are sleeping on couches or forced to commute up to four hours a day, the Dáil has been told. People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett said the situation was ‘absolutely dire’ for students who are being forced to stay in hotels where they have to pay up to €400 a week …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 15 September]

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‘It’s just impossible to find anywhere to live’ – college students forced to commute

Posted in Life on August 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“High rental prices and a severe shortage of available accommodation is seeing more students opting to commute to their universities from next month onwards …” (more)

[Amy Blaney, Independent, 20 August]

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Covid-19: Majority feel old way of working not worth the commute – poll

Posted in Research on November 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Many Irish people do not want to return to the way they worked or commuted before Covid-19 and want a greener alternative. That is according to a national survey of 1,000 adults conducted last month by Science Foundation Ireland to mark Science Week 2020 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 November]

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Coronavirus Commuters: The Trinity Students Forgoing Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Some Trinity students are forgoing Dublin accommodation this semester, opting instead for lengthy commutes to save money as Trinity shifts heavily online. In an email to the college community on September 18th, Provost Patrick Prendergast confirmed that all teaching and learning not requiring an in-person presence will be moved online due to tightened coronavirus restrictions …” (more)

[Jane Cook, University Times, 21 September]

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Commuting: ‘More Buses’ May Be Needed For UCD Students Returning In September

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the anticipation of a new, post-coronavirus academic year approaches, many students who commute to University College Dublin (UCD) are facing the prospect of new and additional challenges. Following this week’s announcement that Trinity College Dublin is working with Dublin City Council to improve infrastructure for students walking and cycling in the wake of the pandemic, questions are being raised over the future difficulties likely to be faced by many UCD students who commute, and what may be done to help them in September …” (more)

[Gemma Farrell, College Tribune, 21 June]

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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]


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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