College students are still looking for accommodation in Cork a month into the new term

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

Ireland“Students in both UCC and CIT are still trying to find a place to live for the college year. It is believed that tens of students are still looking for accommodation, amid record-high rents and lack of available rooms …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, EchoLive, 13 October]

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Should UCD make its prices for student accommodation proportional to parental income?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on October 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“To ensure accessibility of education and the well-being of its students, UCD should make its fees proportional to parental income. Not all fees are covered by the free fees initiative and Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). The most daunting factor of university is accommodation. With the rising cost of living in Dublin, any undue financial burden could keep a student from being able to attend school …” (more)

[University Observer, 12 October]

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Students face over 10% rent increase in Dublin complex

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

Ireland“Tenants in a student complex in the capital are facing rent increases of more than 10% due to what the management company is calling an ‘administrative incident’. Some 53 students in the LIV Student accommodation block on Church Street in Dublin signed contracts at the beginning of September that states rooms cost €270 per week …” (more)

[Shauna Bowers, Irish Times, 11 October]

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Luxury student accommodation related to poorer academic performance, says US study

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students who stay in luxury accommodation achieve, on average, lower grades that those who stay in more traditional style student accommodation, according to a study carried out in the United States. The study, which examined the academic performances of college students staying in accommodation with a luxury-style apartment design that provided privacy and added amenities and students staying in a traditional double-corridor design with shared bathrooms at the ends, found that those staying in the latter type of accommodation achieved higher first semester grade point averages …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 10 October]

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Trinity campaign group calls for College rent strike

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The campaign group TCD Cut the Rent have called for students in Trinity Hall and in on-campus accommodation to take part in a rent strike whereby they would withhold the second installment of this year’s rent, due around Christmas, unless their demands are met …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 9 October]

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DCU to build 1,240 student beds

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has applied for planning permission for the construction of new student accommodation, which will include 1,240-bed spaces to be added to the existing 1,441-bed spaces across the three academic campuses. A spokesperson for DCU has also confirmed that ‘the University is also considering adding to the existing accommodation on the St Patrick’s Campus.’ According to the plan, an additional 990 beds will be allocated to the Glasnevin campus …” (more)

[Clodagh Healy, University Observer, 9 October]

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Irish Hotels Federation seek to block student accommodation being rented to tourists in Cork

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

Ireland“The Irish Hotels Federation is attempting to block a large student accommodation facility in Cork being rented out on a short-term basis to tourists. The IHF has sought a ruling from An Bord Pleanála on whether the use of Amnis House on Western Road in Cork for year-round, short-term letting represents a material change of use of the building which requires planning permission …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 8 October]

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Students find mouldy walls and dirty rooms in GMB accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students who moved into their on-campus accommodation in the Graduates’ Memorial Building (GMB) at the start of this year were disappointed to find damaged furniture, unclean rooms and mould growing on the walls …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 5 October]

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Many students will be locked out of third-level if costs and supports don’t start to balance

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Callaghan Commons is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Dublin City University Students’ Union. Here, he writes about how Budget 2020 should focus on students and access to education …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 5 October]

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University of Limerick students fall victim to housing crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Despite the academic year having gotten well underway, a number of University of Limerick students have failed to secure accommodation due to what they describe as a ‘housing shortage’ in the area …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 5 October]

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How Luxury Student Accommodation Conquered Dublin

Posted in Life on October 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Julia Bochenek, a second-year English Literature student at Trinity, is one of the many international students living in one of Dublin’s – and Ireland’s – many deluxe purpose-built student accommodation complexes …” (more)

[Rachel O’Leary, University Times, 5 October]

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€30m 326-bed student complex in Limerick city rejected by An Bord Pleanala

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

Ireland“A €30m proposal to develop a 326-bed student complex in Limerick city has been rejected by An Bord Pleanala for environmental and conservation reasons. Planning permission was sought for the towering development at the site of the former Dan Ryan’s garage at Punches Cross …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 3 October]

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Tallaght village lands zoned for residential development guiding at €5m

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

Ireland“Developers involved in the delivery of student accommodation and apartments for the private rented sector will be interested in a well-located residential site in south Dublin, which has been brought to the market at a guide price of €5 million …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Irish Times, 25 September]

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DCU planning a massive housing project with 1,240 student beds

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

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) is developing accommodation for an additional 1,240 students at its Glasnevin campus. The college plans to demolish an existing 252-bed facility where it charges rent of €5,665 for the academic year. In its place will be ‘213 cluster units’ that will include social spaces, a retail area and offices …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 24 September]

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Purpose-built student housing good for tourism and education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The annual accommodation challenge faced by students is well documented, and with the 2019 academic year looming it is at the forefront of debate in an ever tightening private rental market. The latest Daft.ie Rental Report showed that the average monthly rents across the country rose to a new record level during the second quarter of the year, marking the thirteenth consecutive quarter of record rents …” (more)

[Paul McDonnell, Independent, 19 September]

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Plans for 368-bed student accommodation in Liberties lodged

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans have been lodged with An Bord Pleanála for 368 student bed spaces in Dublin’s Liberties where the promoters are promising to provide high-end student accommodation ‘akin to a boutique hotel’. The ‘Ardee Point’ student accommodation scheme is to be operated by UK-based student accommodation operator, NIDO Student …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 16 September]

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Students charged €5.5k each up-front for accommodation in one popular Limerick district

Posted in Life on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In a week which saw thousands of students flock to Limerick for the start of the new academic year, a landlord has charged a number of students €5.5k each up-front for privately rented accommodation near UL campus …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 12 September]

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Student grant fails to cover half of rental costs in Ireland’s cities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The grant provided by the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) does not cover even half of the cost of accommodation in Ireland’s major cities, a committee has heard. The SUSI grant, which provides funding to third-level students for fees and maintenance, also fails to reflect the cost of living, particularly for housing …” (more)

[Cate McCurry, Belfast Telegraph, 12 September]

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Lack of accommodation a major issue for AIT students

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

Ireland“Jumping housing prices and inadequate accommodation make the issue of living away from home very difficult for students attending Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT ) this year. ‘Many people may not think it’s an issue compared bigger cities like Dublin. Athlone will of course not be going through the same huge rent being charged in our capital city, however it is still putting huge amounts of strain onto students both due to the lack of accommodation as well as the rising prices …'” (more)

[Ronan Fagan, Athlone Advertiser, 12 September]

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Cost of UCC Accommodation Soars

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

Ireland“The cost of student accommodation for the year 2019/2020 has increased nationwide, with UCC introducing the highest price increase in Ireland. All five of UCC’s on-campus accommodation facilities – University Hall, Victoria Lodge, Castlewhite apartments, Victoria Mills, and Mardyke Hall – saw price increases between 10% and 11.5%, with the price range now €4029-€6179 yearly …” (more)

[Samantha Calthrop, University Express, 7 September]

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