Wednesday 22 October 2014

'I've viewed dirty, disgusting houses that are not liveable'

Claire McCormack 

Published 19/08/2014 | 02:30

Grace McGrath from Carlingford

"I've no accommodation, no plans for accommodation, I'm only 19 and I can't handle this much stress," said Grace McGrath, a second-year marketing student at National College of Ireland (NCI).

Grace, who is trying to resit exams while house hunting, said the city-centre standards are absolutely desperate. "I've viewed dirty, disgusting houses that are not liveable," said Grace, who spent last year living in campus accommodation.

"One place on Parnell Street was described as a two-bedroom house but there was only one bedroom. It was horrible, it cost €400 a month excluding bills and it was behind a shop," said Grace, from Carlingford, Louth.

Grace, who is looking with three friends, said it's impossible to get a place to live near her college based in the IFSC and that campus accommodation has gone up too.

Expensive

"The apartments are too expensive, they're for professionals and landlords will only rent for 12 months and not for eight or nine months to suit college kids," said Grace, adding "we're literally stuck, we have no where to live."

The young student, who said all her money for next year is being spent coming up to Dublin for viewings, is very keen on digs.

"I would definitely live in digs. A friend of mine was in digs last year and she loved it, she's going back this year so it would be great," she said.

Irish Independent

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