Cork student accommodation to reopen after €25m upgrade

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A 265-room property for students in Co Cork will open this week after having undergone an extensive €25 million upgrade. The property at Copley Street in Cork city is controlled by Hatch Student Living with financial backing from Elkstone, a multi-family office based in Dublin …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 17 June]

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‘It’s 5 ft 6 so I could lie exactly width-wise in it’: This art student has created a replica of her student flat

Posted in Life on June 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin’s National College of Art and Design (NCAD) are looking at the housing crisis and Brexit for inspiration with their art and design work. Their showcase will display work from 225 emerging artists and designers, with social issues like migration and climate change also being explored …” (more, video)

[TheJournal.ie, 8 June]

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‘If it wasn’t for college friends giving me couch, I’d have slept in the park’

Posted in Life on May 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Two 22-year-old DCU students have spoken about their experiences with ‘couch-surfing’ as a way to get through the academic year without paying extortionate rents. A student from Co Mayo found himself effectively homeless last summer after his accommodation fell through …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 25 May]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcomes the delivery of rent predictability measures for students living in student specific accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (24 May 2019) welcomed the signing into law by the President of the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Bill 2018, which ensures that student-specific accommodation let under licence is included under existing Rent Pressure Zones …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 May]

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Students from Brazil lost €1,750 on rental scam, Threshold says

Posted in Legal issues on May 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Housing charity Threshold has warned students to be cautious of bogus rental adverts, as part of a new ‘Scamwatch’ campaign. The charity, which provides support to tenants, has come across several cases where students from overseas lost money on rental scams. In two recent cases the charity dealt with students from Brazil who had been defrauded of €1,750, paid over in rent for a tenancy that did not exist …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 23 May]

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Almost 2,500 student beds being developed in Cork as a fresh application is lodged with City Hall

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than 2,000 student apartment bed spaces are currently under construction or planned in Cork. A fresh planning application lodged this week for another development will add a further 174 bed spaces if approved. Kevin Lynch has lodged plans for an eight-storey building on the site of the former Kelleher’s Tyre premises on the Victoria Road …” (more)

[Alan Healy, EchoLive, 14 May]

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Vast majority of new student beds built in Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Just seven purpose-built student beds have been completed in Limerick since the launch of the government’s Rebuilding Ireland strategy in 2016. A new progress update issued by the Department of Education and Skills shows that the vast majority of new student beds have been built in Dublin …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 8 May]

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National Student Accommodation Strategy

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“6,362 PBSA Bed Spaces Completed by end Q1, 2019. Continued Progress towards Student Accommodation Goals. The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and the Minister of State with special responsibility for Housing and Urban Development Damien English TD today released the end Q1 2019 progress report on the National Student Accommodation Strategy …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 8 May]

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More student housing planned close to Grangegorman campus

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A housing complex for more than 140 students has been proposed for a site close to the Grangegorman university campus, in Stoneybatter, Dublin, previously designated for 40 standard residential apartments. The five-storey development beside Tommy O’Gara’s pub on Manor Street would bring the number of students living within half a kilometre of the TU Dublin campus (formerly DIT) to more than 5,500, twice the number of permanent residents …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 8 May]

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Cork’s largest student apartment development is granted planning permission

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans for Cork’s largest student apartment development has been granted planning permission. London company Future Generation has plans to build a flagship, 600-bed accommodation scheme on the former Coca-Cola bottling site on the Carrigrohane Straight Road …” (more)

[Alan Healy, EchoLive, 6 May]

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Student apartments near the Lough ‘sanctioned by people who are unaffected by it’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The approval of a major student apartment development near the Lough in Cork city has been described as a ‘hammer blow’ to the area. An Bord Pleanála has approved the construction of 57 apartments in four and five storey buildings on a site overlooking the Lough. The development, located on Bandon Road, will have space for 419 students …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 2 May]

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Planning granted for 419-bed student apartments overlooking The Lough

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Planning permission has been granted for a 57-room student apartment development overlooking The Lough despite opposition from locals in the area. The development will be located at the O’Riordan’s Joinery site on the Bandon Road and on a portion of the lands associated with the Church of the Immaculate Conception …” (more)

[Alan Healy, EchoLive, 2 May]

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Increase in planning applications for student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There has been a sharp rise in the number of planning applications for large housing and student accommodation schemes, a conference has heard. An Bord Pleanala (ABP) chairman Dave Walsh was speaking at the annual Irish Planning Institute conference, held in Carrick-on-Shannon …” (more)

[Ian Brennan, The College View, 15 April]

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DCU planning 1,240-bed student housing scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University is planning a significant new student accommodation building, with 1,240 bedspaces. It comes amid a surge in the number of such facilities being built around the capital …” (more)

[John Mulligan, Independent, 12 April]

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Students Victorious with 4% Rent Caps in PBSA

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This morning, the Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, presented amendments to the Residential Tenancies bill, which writes into law that students in Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) will no longer see hikes of above 4% year on year and will fully be able to avail of RTB protections, starting in July …” (more)

[USI, 11 April]

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Huge Victory for Students on Rent Hikes – Eoin Ó Broin TD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has commended the work of the students on ensuring that student specific accommodation on and off campus will now be covered by the rent pressure legislation and will therefore be subject to the 4% rent hike cap. Deputy Ó Broin said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 11 April]

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300 student bed spaces planned for derelict North Main Street site

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Up to 300 student bed spaces could be delivered under proposals for an apartment building on a derelict site on North Main Street. The property at 96 North Main Street was bought by City Hall in May of last year. It has been derelict for almost two decades and is considered one of the worst eyesores in the city centre …” (more)

[Robert McNamara, EchoLive, 10 April]

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Planners want more information on cola factory student apartment plans

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A planning decision on Cork’s largest student apartment development has been delayed after City Hall planners sought further information on the project. London company Future Generation has plans to build a flagship 600-bed accommodation scheme on the former Coca-Cola bottling site …” (more)

[Alan Healy, EchoLive, 8 April]

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Dublin student accommodation supply to fall two-thirds short by 2025

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A report into student housing from Dublin City Council has forecast that by 2025, the number of bed spaces within purpose-built student accommodation will address only a third of demand within the city. The report outlines that there are currently 6,364 student accommodation bed spaces in the city centre, a number which is estimated to rise to approximately 14,000 by 2024 …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 3 April]

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New block of student housing up against opposition

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans for a new block of student housing in Dublin’s city centre has been put under the microscope due to the opposition of the demolishing of an old bakery. Five blocks are due to be demolished on Parnell Street, which are expected to be built up to eight stories high to facilitate student accommodation …” (more)

[Ellen Fitzpatrick, The College View, 3 April]

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